We found 21 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO near Homestead, FL.

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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 and adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Vydyula's areas of expertise consist of asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. He attended medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Chirag Shah is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Dr. Shah attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as 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. Ricardo Restrepo-Jaramillo, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Restrepo-Jaramillo is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in adult critical care, general internal medicine, and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include intensive care, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Restrepo-Jaramillo is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He obtained his medical school training at Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. 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. He is accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. Zanchi is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of lung cancer, sleep apnea, and pulse oximetry. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Zanchi attended Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and then went on to complete his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Zanchi (or staff) speaks Romanian, Spanish, and German. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung problems

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

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

Dr. Marisa Couluris' specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Couluris's areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Couluris honors. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Couluris is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Bruce Schnapf specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Tampa, FL and Sarasota, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Schnapf include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. Dr. Schnapf is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. Dr. Schnapf is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

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

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. The average patient rating for Dr. Rosenberg is 3.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in asthma, sleep apnea, and spirometry. Dr. Rosenberg is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - South, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Asthma

Dr. Cedric Dewayne Sheffield, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 725
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cedric Sheffield is a cardiothoracic surgeon in Tampa, FL and Weston, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sheffield include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic valve replacement, and lung cancer surgery. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. 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. Dr. Sheffield is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical Center's residency program.

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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. Latha M Narasimhan, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
4543 S Manhattan Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Latha Chamarthy is an adult allergy & immunology specialist. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Chamarthy accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chamarthy graduated from Coimbatore Medical College and the University of Madras. For her professional training, Dr. Chamarthy completed residency programs at United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. She speaks the following languages: Telugu and Tamil. Dr. Chamarthy is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Asthma, Allergies, Hay Fever

Dr. Karin Swisher Hotchkiss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery
5105 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karin Hotchkiss works as a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist and facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, FL. Dr. Hotchkiss's clinical interests include endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. She has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Hotchkiss is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hotchkiss's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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 specializes in vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Alkire's clinical interests: lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University, Dr. Alkire attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

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

Dr. Sam Diasti, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sam Diasti is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and complementary or alternative therapy. Dr. Diasti is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University for residency. Dr. Diasti (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Diasti is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Damian Laber's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Tampa, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. Dr. Laber's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Laber graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Huron Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Best Teaching Faculty, University of Louisville, JG Brown Cancer Center. His professional affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Cheryl A Reed, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cheryl Reed practices family medicine in Tampa, FL. Dr. Reed (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Reed's areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wellness visit. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Reed attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Heritage Valley Beaver for residency. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3218 Azeele
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Miller is an adult rheumatology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Miller is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Miller include diabetes, substance abuse, and emphysema. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Miller speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Wellness ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin Nmn Mena, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2835 West De Leon Street; Suite 104
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Mena specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Tampa, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Mena (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep apnea, wellness visit, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He graduated from National Autonomous University of Honduras Faculty of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mena honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, Hernia, ... (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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