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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's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Banull is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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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 is a specialist in adult infectious disease. He works in Safety Harbor, FL. Dr. Laartz's areas of expertise include herpes, tropical diseases, and travel medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Laartz attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Sandeep Pradhan's specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Pradhan's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions. Before completing his residency at Graduate Hospital, Dr. Pradhan attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College.

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

Dr. Anil Chopra is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Chopra's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. His medical residency was performed at Chicago Medical School.

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

Dr. Maria Carreon specializes in adult infectious disease. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions. Dr. Carreon graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Kings County Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Infections

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

Dr. Lily Jones is a specialist in adult infectious disease. She works in Safety Harbor, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Tampa, FL. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jones honors. Dr. Jones attended medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Jones speaks Vietnamese.

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Clinical interests: Tropical Diseases, HIV/AIDS

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

Dr. Don Bercuson is a specialist in adult infectious disease. He works in Dunedin, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bercuson include diabetes, geriatric health, and parkinson's disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Bercuson's medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Todd Groom's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. He has a special interest in herpes, tropical diseases, and hepatitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Groom honors. Dr. Groom is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. His 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. Thomas Allan Hoffman Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1121 Overcash Drive
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Hoffman's area of specialization is adult infectious disease. Clinical interests for Dr. Hoffman include infections. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Infections

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

Dr. Benjamin Schaffer is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Schaffer is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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

Dr. Murali Puthisigamani works as an adult infectious disease specialist in Dunedin, FL. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He graduated from Kasturba Medical College. Dr. Puthisigamani trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for residency. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Jeanette Cancel sees patients in Safety Harbor, FL. Her medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Cancel studied medicine at Ponce School of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.