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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 specializes in adult infectious disease. Dr. Banull attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She 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 an adult infectious disease specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: herpes, tropical diseases, and travel medicine. Dr. Laartz accepts 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. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Laartz has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 is a specialist in adult infectious disease. She speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Jones is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She attended medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Jones completed her residency training at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 sees patients in Dunedin, FL. His medical specialty is adult infectious disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions. He attended Kasturba Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Graduate Hospital for residency. Dr. Pradhan's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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

Dr. Anil Chopra works as an adult infectious disease specialist in Safety Harbor, FL. 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. His training includes a residency program at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Chopra is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and residency at Kings County Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Carreon is affiliated with 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's specialty is adult infectious disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Schaffer average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Schaffer is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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

Dr. Don Bercuson practices adult infectious disease. His clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and parkinson's disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Bercuson accepts Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and more. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 is a specialist in adult infectious disease. Dr. Groom has indicated that his clinical interests include herpes, tropical diseases, and hepatitis. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Groom attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specialty is adult infectious disease. Clinical interests for Dr. Hoffman include infections. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and BlueOptions. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Hoffman 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. 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. His education and training includes medical school at Kasturba Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Dr. Puthisigamani 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. 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 is an adult infectious disease specialist in Safety Harbor, FL. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Ponce School of Medicine.

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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.