We found 14 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Michael Minhle Newan, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1075 9th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Newan's medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Dr. Newan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Vietnamese and French. His areas of expertise include the following: asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Newan is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Patient ratings for Dr. Newan average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Newan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Ashok Mittal, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6185 54th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ashok Mittal is an adult pulmonologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: intensive care, sleep apnea, and pulse oximetry. Dr. Mittal is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Grant Hospital of Chicago and Chicago Medical School, Dr. Mittal attended Dayanand Medical College & Hospital for medical school. Dr. Mittal (or staff) speaks Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Lung ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vinubhai Pansuriya is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Pansuriya (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pansuriya include intensive care, asthma, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He graduated from M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Pansuriya completed his residency training at VA Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Alan A. Smith, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Preventive Medicine
1769 66th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Alan Smith is a general practitioner, family practitioner, and geriatrician. He attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Bayfront Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include diabetes, substance abuse, and emphysema. On average, patients gave Dr. Smith a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Smith is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Jaysukhlal Veljibhai Panara, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
2299 9th Avenue North; Suite 1f
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jaysukhlal Panara, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hospital medicine. Dr. Panara's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, infections, and electrocardiogram (EKG). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Panara honors. He attended M.P. Shah Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine for residency. Dr. Panara (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. William Henry Minnix, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. William Minnix practices general internal medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. Dr. Minnix's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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. Dr. Minnix graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Minnix completed a residency program at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Tim Paul Carlson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Tim Carlson sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Carlson include thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Health Sciences Antigua. He trained at Bayfront Medical Center for his residency. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Carlson 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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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5301 Park Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani works as an internist. Dr. Yamani attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 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. Yamani takes. Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks Urdu and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2763 1st Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju specializes in adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Budharaju is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Budharaju include menopause, migraine, and depression. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Budharaju is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College and a graduate of Pennsylvania Hospital's residency program. Dr. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Oswald Anthony Williams, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
502 Pasadena Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Oswald Williams practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Williams attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, emphysema, and parkinson's disease. Dr. Williams is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Family Medicine
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 105
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Karen Monroe is a physician who specializes in undersea and hyperbaric medicine and family medicine. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, emphysema, and parkinson's disease. Dr. Monroe is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Pedro J Morales, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 220
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Morales practices family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include minor surgery, sleep apnea, and diabetes. Dr. Morales's hospital/clinic affiliations include Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Northside Hospital (Georgia). Dr. Morales honors 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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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3831 16th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan is a general internist. Dr. Nirmalan's clinical interests include diabetes, emphysema, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is conversant in Tamil. Dr. Nirmalan is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Hernia, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Family Medicine
6560 9th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Julije Vucemilovic practices undersea and hyperbaric medicine and family medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Vucemilovic attended the University of Zagreb School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mid-Hudson Valley Family Practice Residency Program and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, wellness visit, and diabetes. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He speaks Croatian. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.
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