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We found 10 infectious disease providers who accept United Healthcare Compass near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Allison Ford Messina, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease
601 5th Street South; Department 7810
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Allison Messina works as a pediatric infectious disease specialist. After attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Messina completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She honors 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 All Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Krishnan Eravi Parayath, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
5670 54th Avenue N; Ste A-1
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Krishnan Parayath is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Parayath's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Alliant Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He 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. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kerala and performed his residency at Boston VA Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Parayath (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam.

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Clinical interests: Infections

Dr. Roopa Ganga, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
5670 54th Avenue N; Ste A-1
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Roopa Ganga practices adult infectious disease. After attending J.J.M. Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Providence Hospital. Dr. Ganga is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Alliant Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Dr. Carina Adriana Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine
800 6th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carina Rodriguez specializes in pediatric infectious disease and practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Rodriguez has indicated that her clinical interests include immunization (preventive vaccines) and tuberculosis (TB). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez's distinctions include: Member, Society for Pediatric Research; Young Investigator Award, 13th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections; and Fellow in Training Travel Scholarship Award, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Immunization, Tuberculosis, Infections

Dr. Cynthia Anne Mayer, DO
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3050 1st Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Mayer, who practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mayer is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Clinton Douglas Holder, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1955 1st Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Holder practices adult infectious disease in Saint Petersburg, FL, Tampa, FL, and Palmetto, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Holder attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Dr. David Michael Berman, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease
601 5th Street S, Suite 504; Department 6580070421
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Berman is a specialist in pediatric infectious disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Berman average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital. Dr. Berman honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Schneider Children's Hospital, Dr. Berman attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Dr. Varsha Mohan Dandavate, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
5670 54th Avenue N; Ste A-1
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Varsha Dandavate practices adult infectious disease in Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Dandavate (or staff) speaks Marathi and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Alliant Hospital, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Before performing her residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Dr. Dandavate attended the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College for medical school. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Lalit Kalra, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Adult Infectious Disease
5670 54th Avenue N; Ste A-1
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Lalit Kalra specializes in hospital medicine (hospitalist) and adult infectious disease. He honors 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 Prince George's Hospital Center, Dr. Kalra attended Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur for medical school. Dr. Kalra (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Kalra's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Alliant Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease
601 5th Street S; Department 6941
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Shirley Jankelevich is a pediatric infectious disease specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. 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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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.