We found 12 infectious disease providers who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Safety Harbor, FL.

Dr. Katherine Gibbs Banull, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3251 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Katherine Banull practices adult infectious disease. Dr. Banull is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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Dr. Brent William Laartz, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 319
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Brent Laartz works as an adult infectious disease specialist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in herpes, tropical diseases, and travel medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Laartz studied medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Laartz accepts. Dr. Laartz has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Clinical interests: Herpes, Tropical Diseases, HIV/AIDS, Travel Medicine

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 319
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Anil Chopra is an adult infectious disease specialist. His training includes a residency program at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Chopra is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Lily N Jones, DO
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 319
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Lily Jones works as an adult infectious disease specialist in Safety Harbor, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Tampa, FL. Dr. Jones is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network for her residency. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Jones is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Tropical Diseases, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Sandeep Krishnakumar Pradhan, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1121 Overcash Drive
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Sandeep Pradhan practices adult infectious disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Pradhan is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Graduate Hospital. Dr. Pradhan accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions.

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Dr. Maria Jocelyn Jereza Carreon, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1121 Overcash Drive
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Maria Carreon works as an adult infectious disease specialist in Dunedin, FL. She attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Carreon trained at Kings County Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carreon honors. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Infections

Dr. Todd Michael Groom, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 319
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Todd Groom is an adult infectious disease specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Groom include herpes, tropical diseases, and hepatitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. Dr. Groom's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Tropical Diseases, HIV/AIDS, Travel Medicine

Dr. Don H Bercuson, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1121 Overcash Drive
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Don Bercuson is an adult infectious disease specialist in Dunedin, FL. Dr. Bercuson is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and parkinson's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Bercuson's training includes a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions.

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Clinical interests: Parkinson's Disease, Diabetes, Shingles, HIV/AIDS, Geriatric Health

Dr. Benjamin Charles Schaffer, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2424 Enterprise Road; Enterprise I Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Schaffer is a specialist in adult infectious disease. He works in Clearwater, FL. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Schaffer 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. Before performing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Schaffer attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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Dr. Thomas Allan Hoffman Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1121 Overcash Drive
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Hoffman's specialty is adult infectious disease. In his practice, Dr. Hoffman focuses on infections. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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Clinical interests: Infections

Dr. Murali Puthisigamani, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
646 Virginia Street; 4th Floor
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Murali Puthisigamani's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Kasturba Medical College for medical school, Dr. Puthisigamani completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3135 State Rd 580; Suite 1
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Jeanette Cancel is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. Dr. Cancel attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cancel takes.

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What is Infectious Disease?

Infectious disease is a specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of infections, including bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections. Infectious disease specialists are trained in the studies of immunology, or how the body fights off infections, as well as epidemiology, or how diseases spread.

Some infectious disease doctors further specialize within the field of infectious disease. For instance, pediatric infectious disease specialists treat children and teens with serious infections. Others focus specifically on patients who have HIV or AIDS, as these conditions commonly cause patients to contract unusual and severe infections.

Most common infections can be treated by a general physician without problems. A referral to an infectious disease specialist might be made in cases such as:
  • An infection that is difficult to diagnose
  • An extremely high fever
  • An infection that is not responding to treatment
  • A patient traveling to a foreign country where the risk for infection is high
  • A patient with a chronic illness or infection that requires frequent treatment, such as HIV

Infectious disease specialists often use lab work to diagnose infections. They may culture a wound or look for the presence of antibodies in the blood. Treatment may include vaccinations, antifungals, or antibiotics. Infectious disease specialists are skilled at prescribing appropriate antibiotics for specific infections and knowing when the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects for using them.
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