We found 18 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO near Homestead, FL.

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Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah sees patients in Wesley Chapel, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Dade City, FL. His medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He has a special interest in sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Shah's education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Bruce M Schnapf, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Schnapf is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He works in Tampa, FL and Sarasota, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Schnapf include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schnapf has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the following distinctions: Pediatric Attending of the Year Award, Awarded by Pediatric Residents; Governor's Community Service Award, American College of Chest Physicians; and Intern Teaching Award, Awarded by Pediatric Fqaculty of Case Western Reserve University.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Asthma, Chronic Cough

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Vydyula's areas of clinical interest consist of asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Vydyula studied medicine at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Ricardo Restrepo-Jaramillo, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Restrepo-Jaramillo's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in intensive care, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Restrepo-Jaramillo is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is open to new patients. Dr. Restrepo-Jaramillo attended medical school at Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Abington Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, pulmonary hypertension, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Intensive Care

Dr. Dragos Gheorghe Zanchi, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
4900 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Dragos Zanchi, who practices in Brandon, FL, Tampa, FL, and Plant City, FL, is a medical specialist in sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. On average, patients gave Dr. Zanchi a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include lung cancer, sleep apnea, and pulse oximetry. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zanchi accepts. He attended medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. He trained at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Zanchi (or staff) is conversant in Romanian, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Rosenberg, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
4714 N Armenia Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Rosenberg is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He works in Tampa, FL and Riverview, FL. His areas of expertise consist of asthma, sleep apnea, and spirometry. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosenberg honors. Dr. Rosenberg's education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - South, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Allergies, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Spirometry, Asthma

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor Usf Pediatrics
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marisa Couluris specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Tampa, FL. Her areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and sleep apnea. Dr. Couluris is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pneumonia

Dr. Cedar Heart M Institute, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4710 N Habana Avenue; Suite 302
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ahmad Hamzah is a cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery specialist in Brandon, FL, Tampa, FL, and Dade City, FL. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hamzah graduated from the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine and the University of Cadiz Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital, New York Methodist Hospital, and DMC Harper University Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Hamzah (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He is affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and Bayfront Health Dade City. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary embolism

All Interests: Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Surgery, Tracheal Surgery, Heart Failure, Pulmonary Embolism, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 725
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cedric Sheffield's specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Sheffield's clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic valve replacement, and lung cancer surgery. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sheffield attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Chairman's Gold Award LifeLink Foundation.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Lung Biopsy, Beating Heart Coronary ... (Read more)

Dr. Reynaldo Flores Mulingtapang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4210 W Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Reynaldo Mulingtapang specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, heart failure, and angioplasty. On average, patients gave Dr. Mulingtapang a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mulingtapang takes. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Mulingtapang speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Angiogram, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure, Coronary Angiogram, Cardioversion, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Damian Abel Laber, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Damian Laber is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. The average patient rating for Dr. Laber is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Huron Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinction: Best Teaching Faculty, University of Louisville, JG Brown Cancer Center. Dr. Laber is professionally affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Bleeding, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karin Swisher Hotchkiss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery
4200 N Armenia Avenue; Suite 5
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karin Hotchkiss is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and facial plastic surgery specialist. Dr. Hotchkiss has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include the following: endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and head surgery. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Hotchkiss takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. She has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser Surgery, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 860
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire is a specialist in vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery. He works in Tampa, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alkire's areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal surgery, vascular surgery procedures, and lung resection. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alkire honors. Dr. Alkire attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University for residency. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Alkire is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Hypertension, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Other
3905 Horatio Street
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. William Angell is a cardiac surgery specialist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Angell accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He is affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary embolism

All Interests: Tracheal Surgery, Pulmonary Embolism, Lobectomy, Aortic Valve Disease, Aortic Repair, Mitral Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Bruce Berk, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lawrence Berk is a radiation oncologist. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, rectal cancer, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Berk is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Berk attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Berk completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jamie F Casellas, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
4600 N Habana Avenue; Suite 13
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jaime Casellas is a specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Casellas has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Casellas attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic Aneurysm, Pulmonary Hypertension, Carotid Artery Disease, CT Scan, ... (Read more)

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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