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Dr. Erasmo Andre Passaro, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology, Sleep Medicine
601 7th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Erasmo Passaro is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in neurophysiology, neurology (brain & spinal cord disease), and sleep medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include dizziness, sleep apnea, and insomnia. Dr. Passaro accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Passaro trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Passaro has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Italian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Sleep Apnea, Epilepsy, Insomnia

Dr. Himanshu V Chandarana, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 330
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Himanshu Chandarana sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chandarana is especially interested in back pain, intensive care, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Pulmonary Associates, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Chandarana's education and training includes medical school at Medical College Baroda and residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Chandarana (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Back Pain, Pulse Oximetry, Intensive Care

Dr. Vinubhai Chhaganbhai Pansuriya, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2180 9th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vinubhai Pansuriya's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: emphysema, bronchoscopy, and sleep apnea. Dr. Pansuriya is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Pansuriya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pulmonary Function Test, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. David Andrew Sams, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2639 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Sams is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist. In Dr. Sams's practice, he is particularly interested in sleep disorders. After completing medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sams accepts.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders

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What is Sleep Medicine?

Sleep medicine is the medical field that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to sleep and rest. This can include difficulty sleeping well at night or problems with daytime sleepiness. Sleep medicine specialists treat patients of all ages who need better rest.

When people think of sleep disorders, they often think of insomnia. That’s one kind of sleep disorder, but there are several others. In addition to insomnia, a sleep medicine specialist may treat conditions such as:
  • Sleep apnea
  • Shift work disorder
  • Circadian rhythm disorder
  • Severe or recurrent jet lag
  • Narcolepsy

Treatments may include medication, light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or CPAP therapy. CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments. These tiny machines have a tube and mask and blow a stream of air over the face at night, helping patients with snoring or sleep apnea to breathe easily and sleep more soundly.

One important tool often used in sleep medicine is the sleep study or polysomnogram, where patients sleep either in a lab or at home with a monitoring device. The sleep study allows doctors to measure the quality of sleep over an entire night, check for various sleep problems, and identify breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. If performed in a lab, you will arrive and spend the night sleeping in a bed similar to one in a hotel room. You may have electrodes attached to your head and chest to monitor your breathing, oxygen levels, brain waves, and heart rate. Technicians collect the information, which your physician can use to identify and diagnose disorders that have been interrupting your sleep.

Not getting enough rest at night makes you feel terrible, can make it difficult to do the things you need to do, and can even put you at higher risk for physical and mental health problems. Feeling tired all the time can be a huge quality of life issue. If a sleep disorder is preventing you from getting enough rest, a sleep medicine specialist can help you manage the problem so that you have the energy to enjoy your life.
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