We found 18 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect Everyday Health Premier near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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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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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

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

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

Dr. Michael Newan is a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. Newan is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Newan has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Newan completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Newan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Vietnamese and French. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sleep Disorders, Abdominal Paracentesis, Blood Tests, Tracheal Suctioning, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ashok Mittal is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He works in Kenneth City, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and shingles. Dr. Mittal takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and Dayanand Medical College & Hospital and performed his residency at Grant Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Mittal (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Mittal is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Influenza, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Agrawal, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6223 66th Street North
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Rajesh Agrawal is a pulmonologist. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Agrawal include bronchoscopy and sleep apnea. Patients gave Dr. Agrawal an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Agrawal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Bronchoscopy, Burns, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos A Labrador, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6775 Crosswinds Drive N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Labrador is a family practice physician in Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Labrador include depression, heart problems, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patients rated Dr. Labrador highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He obtained his medical school training at Meharry Medical College and performed his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. Dr. Labrador speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Depression, Headache, Dizziness, Abdominal Problems, Weight Loss, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Foster Curtis Bryan II, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Foster Bryan is a cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery specialist. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Bryan's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bryan's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Patrick Defrain, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Defrain completed residency programs at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Defrain accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Defrain is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Maze Procedure, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Brien Edwin Pierpont, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
2299 9th Avenue N; Suite 3-c
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brien Pierpont is a specialist in adult cardiology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Pierpont is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pierpont accepts. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Pierpont completed his residency training at York Hospital. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Edema, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregorio Samuel Santos, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6125 54th Avenue N.; Suite B
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gregorio Santos is an internist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Kenneth City, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Santos include diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Santos honors 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 Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Santos trained at The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Santos is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Skin Biopsy, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. Panida Sriaroon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
601 5th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Panida Sriaroon is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. Her clinical interests include immunodeficiency, sinusitis (sinus infection), and asthma. Dr. Sriaroon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Sriaroon has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Rhinitis, Bone Marrow Transplant, Sinusitis, Asthma, Medication, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pratibha Kirit Desai, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pratibha Desai is a specialist in adult hematology and medical oncology. In Dr. Desai's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. She 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. Before performing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Desai attended the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Colon Cancer, Diabetes, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
6006 49th Street No; Suite 200, The Heart & Vascular Institute of Fl So
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Sanchez is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Sanchez completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), angioplasty, and heart stent placement. Patient reviews placed Dr. Sanchez at an average of 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. Sanchez honors. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Right Heart Catheterization, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
1751 66th St N; Street
Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Marc Barasch sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Barasch's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barasch takes. Dr. Barasch is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Asthma

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5985 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Brea practices general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brea include diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Brea studied medicine at Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Brea is affiliated with Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Influenza, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
4957 38th Avenue N; Suite A
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brian Kagan practices general pediatrics in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Kagan average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kagan is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and then he performed his residency at All Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. In addition to English, Dr. Kagan speaks Hebrew.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cervix Problems, Immunization, Eating Disorders, Circumcision, Conjunctivitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
3177 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Awais Siddiki works as a family medicine practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Siddiki is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Ear Foreign Body Removal, Preventive Care, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung ... (Read more)

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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