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We found 69 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Aetna near South Miami, FL.

Dr. Jacky Bruce Blank, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Primary Care, Adult Pulmonology
6200 Sw 73 Street
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jacky Blank is an adult critical care specialist, primary care doctor, and pulmonologist in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. His areas of expertise consist of emphysema, asthma, and smoking cessation. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital. Dr. Blank is an in-network provider for AvMed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Blank attended Luis Razetti School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Emphysema, Asthma, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Jorge Miguel Ortega, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
242 Nw Lejeune Road
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Ortega is an adult pulmonologist in Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ortega include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ortega attended medical school at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA). He trained at Synergy Medical Education Alliance and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Ortega is affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, HIV/AIDS, Emphysema

Dr. Michael John Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
7000 Sw 62 Avenue; Suite #200
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Michael Hernandez is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hernandez include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Hernandez is professionally affiliated with Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Doctors Hospital. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

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Dr. Javier Perez Perez Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
7000 Sw 62 Avenue; Suite 201
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Javier Perez-Fernandez is a specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Perez-Fernandez attended the University of Navarra School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at VA Caribbean Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to English, Dr. Perez-Fernandez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ruben D Penaranda, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6855 Red Road
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Ruben Penaranda is an intensive care specialist and pulmonologist. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Penaranda attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include emphysema and asthma. Dr. Penaranda accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Penaranda has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Doctors Hospital.

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

All Interests: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema

Dr. Jeremy Ira Tabak, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
7000 Southwest 62nd Avenue; Suite 201
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeremy Tabak is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Tabak graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Tabak is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Emphysema, Smoking Cessation

Dr. David Alfredo Orta Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
7500 S.w. 8 Street; Suite 209
Miami, FL
 

Dr. David Orta specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Orta's clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Orta attended medical school at the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Orta speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Emphysema, Asthma, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Leonard Simon, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Primary Care, Adult Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Leonard Simon's specialties are adult critical care, primary care, and adult pulmonology. He speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, asthma, and snoring. Dr. Simon is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. Dr. Simon graduated from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Raul R Valor, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
7000 Sw 62 Avenue; Suite 201
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Raul Valor's specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He practices in Miami, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Valor include emphysema, cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Conemaugh Health System. Dr. Valor (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Rodney Graham Benjamin, MD
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6250 Sunset Drive; 2nd Floor
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rodney Benjamin is an intensivist, adult pulmonologist, and undersea and hyperbaric medicine specialist in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences. Clinical interests for Dr. Benjamin include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He is rated highly by his patients. 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. Benjamin is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Wounds, Emphysema, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Barry A Reed, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
7000 Sw 97th Avenue; Suite 207
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Barry Reed is an adult pulmonologist in Miami, FL. Dr. Reed's areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, cancer, and asthma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Reed's medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Cancer, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Fabriccio Melanio Letellier, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8750 Sw 144 Street; Suite 208
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Fabriccio Letellier is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist in Palmetto Bay, FL and Miami, FL. He is a graduate of Ibero-American University (UNIBE). For his professional training, Dr. Letellier completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Letellier's clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Letellier is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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

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Dr. Richard Steven Prager, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Pulmonology
8950 Sw 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL
 

Dr. Richard Prager is a specialist in adult critical care and pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease). He works in Pinecrest, FL and Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include obesity, sleep disorders, and emphysema. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Prager graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His distinctions include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Prager's professional affiliations include Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Raymond Latanae Parker Jr., MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
7000 Sw 62 Avenue; Suite 201
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Raymond Parker's areas of specialization are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. Dr. Parker's clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Erick Abdiel Palma, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
7000 Sw 62nd Avenue; Suite 201
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Erick Palma is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Palma average 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. Dr. Palma is professionally affiliated with Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Doctors Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Palma attended medical school at the University of Panama School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Emphysema, Asthma, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Mario Jose Mangas, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
9200 Sw 72nd Street; Building 4 Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mario Mangas, who practices in Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include sleep disorders, emphysema, and immunization (preventive vaccines). Dr. Mangas is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital. He studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Mangas average 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. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Mangas has received include Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Immunization, Snoring, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

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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.