We found 20 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Humana Silver near Pinellas Park, FL.

Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
5454 Central Avenue; Suite A
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mohamed Ali is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Ali is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and New York Methodist Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic bronchitis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Research, Tracheal ... (Read more)

Dr. Vinubhai Chhaganbhai Pansuriya, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6029 9th Street North
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vinubhai Pansuriya specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: emphysema, bronchoscopy, and sleep apnea. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pansuriya attended medical school at M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Pansuriya (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pulmonary Function Test, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashok Mittal, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6185 54th Avenue N
Kenneth City, FL
 

Dr. Ashok Mittal works as an adult pulmonologist. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mittal attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and Dayanand Medical College & Hospital. He completed his residency training at Grant Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Mittal (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic bronchitis

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Influenza, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Minhle Newan, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1075 9th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Newan's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Dr. Newan (or staff) is conversant in Vietnamese and French. His clinical interests include asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Newan is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Dr. Newan attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sleep Disorders, Abdominal Paracentesis, Blood Tests, Tracheal Suctioning, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Cherukuri, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri is a specialist in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and hernia. Dr. Cherukuri 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 her residency at Long Island College Hospital, Dr. Cherukuri attended Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College for medical school. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hazem Fuad Al Andary, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
5500 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Hazem Al-Andary works as an internal medicine hospitalist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include hospital care. Dr. Al-Andary's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Al-Andary takes. Dr. Al-Andary attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Dr. Al-Andary (or staff) is conversant in Lebanese and Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kavita Bakthavatsalam Rao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4957 38th Avenue North; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kavita Rao specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Rao's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. For her residency, Dr. Rao trained at Hurley Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao practices general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 2.5 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. Rao accepts. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Rao is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Bartholomew Fred Natoli, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli practices general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Natoli include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Natoli is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. Dr. Natoli speaks Italian. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Gregorio Samuel Santos, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6125 54th Avenue N.; Suite B
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gregorio Santos works as a general internist. He is especially interested in diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Santos is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at The Miriam Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Santos is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Skin Biopsy, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. Aurindom Narayan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4820 5th Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Aurindom Narayan specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Narayan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Bengali and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Narayan include diabetes, obesity, and depression. Dr. Narayan is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He is a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Saint Peter's University Hospital's residency program. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N.
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital. Dr. Digby accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Sara Michelle Downs, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs' specialty is general internal medicine. After attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Downs completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Beth Ellen Anlas, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 310
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Beth Anlas works as a general internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Anlas include diabetes, pap test, and anemia. Dr. Anlas is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Northside Hospital. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anlas honors.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Electrocardiogram, Pap Test, Anemia

Dr. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard's specialty is family medicine. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Howard accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Urinalysis, Physical Exams, ... (Read more)

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.
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