We found 47 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Pinellas Park, FL.

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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, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, 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, asthma

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, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, bronchiectasis, 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: , asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Agrawal, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6223 66th Street North
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Rajesh Agrawal's specialty is adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include bronchoscopy and sleep apnea. Patient ratings for Dr. Agrawal average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Agrawal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Dr. Agrawal (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Bronchoscopy, Burns, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Warren Russell Abel, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2639 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Warren Abel is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung cancer, sleep apnea, and thoracentesis. Dr. Abel is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Abel graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Thoracentesis, X-Rays

Dr. Carlos A Labrador, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6775 Crosswinds Drive N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Labrador's specialty is family medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Meharry Medical College and residency at Bayfront Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Labrador include depression, heart problems, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Labrador's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Labrador accepts. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Labrador is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Depression, Headache, Dizziness, Abdominal Problems, Weight Loss, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Foster Curtis Bryan II, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Foster Bryan is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bryan completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bryan is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Nuttapong Tangsinmankong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
333 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nathan Tang specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Tang include sinusitis (sinus infection), asthma, and vasculitis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Tang is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Rhinitis, Bone Marrow Transplant, Sinusitis, Asthma, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brien Edwin Pierpont, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
2299 9th Avenue N; Suite 3-c
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brien Pierpont is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Pierpont at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Pierpont attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at York Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Edema, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (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, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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, pneumonia, asthma

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

Dr. Michael Patrick Defrain, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before completing his residency at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU), Dr. Defrain attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Defrain honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Maze Procedure, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Dean Allen Bramlet, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
7111 1st Avenue S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Dean Bramlet is a cardiologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Bramlet accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at Duke University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic ... (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, asthma

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