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. Dr. Banull is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. She 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.

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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 in Safety Harbor, FL. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. For his residency, Dr. Chopra trained at Chicago Medical School. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Clinical interests for Dr. Laartz include herpes, tropical diseases, and travel medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Laartz's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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

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

Dr. Lily Jones specializes in adult infectious disease. Dr. Jones is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. She attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Tropical Diseases, HIV/AIDS

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

Dr. Maria Carreon is an adult infectious disease specialist. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions. After attending the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Carreon completed her residency training at Kings County Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. She is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Infections

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

Dr. Sandeep Pradhan works as an adult infectious disease specialist. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Before completing his residency at Graduate Hospital, Dr. Pradhan attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College. Dr. Pradhan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions.

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

Dr. Todd Groom's specialty is adult infectious disease. In his practice, he is particularly interested in herpes, tropical diseases, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Groom takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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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. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and parkinson's disease. Dr. Bercuson accepts Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and more. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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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 Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. Before completing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Schaffer attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Schaffer is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally 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 specializes in adult infectious disease and practices in Dunedin, FL. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Areas of expertise for Dr. Hoffman include infections. Dr. Hoffman is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and more. Dr. Hoffman is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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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 is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Puthisigamani accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended Kasturba Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for residency. He is affiliated with 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 is an adult infectious disease specialist. She studied medicine at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Cancel is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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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