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 specializes in adult critical care, undersea and hyperbaric medicine, and primary care and practices in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Blank include emphysema, asthma, and smoking cessation. He is in-network for AvMed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Blank is a graduate of Luis Razetti School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Blank is affiliated with South Miami Hospital.

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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 specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Miami, FL. Dr. Ortega speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and residency at Synergy Medical Education Alliance and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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 physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hernandez include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Doctors Hospital.

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

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

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 medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Perez-Fernandez include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Navarra School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at VA Caribbean Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Perez-Fernandez is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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 works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Coral Gables, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Penaranda has a special interest in emphysema and asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Doctors Hospital. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Penaranda completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center. 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. Dr. Penaranda has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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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 practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). His professional affiliations include Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. Tabak 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. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Tabak is conversant in Spanish.

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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's specialty is adult pulmonology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Orta include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. Dr. Orta honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Orta speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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 is a critical care specialist, primary care doctor, and adult pulmonologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Simon has a special interest in sleep disorders, asthma, and snoring. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. Dr. Simon attended the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center for residency. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His distinctions 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 areas of expertise include the following: emphysema, cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Valor takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Valor graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Valor trained at Conemaugh Health System. Dr. Valor (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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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. Dr. Benjamin has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Benjamin include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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's specialty is adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reed include sleep disorders, cancer, and asthma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reed takes. Dr. Reed is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Reed's professional affiliations include 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 practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. In Dr. Letellier's practice, he is particularly interested in sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Ibero-American University (UNIBE) and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In addition to English, Dr. Letellier speaks Spanish.

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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 sees patients in Pinecrest, FL and Miami, FL. His medical specialties are adult critical care and pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease). Dr. Prager's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, sleep disorders, and emphysema. He 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. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Prager has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He is affiliated with 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 is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Dr. Parker is especially interested in sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Parker obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and 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 physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Palma include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palma honors. He attended medical school at the University of Panama School of Medicine. Dr. Palma trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Palma is professionally affiliated with Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Doctors Hospital.

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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 works as an intensivist and adult pulmonologist in Miami, FL. Dr. Mangas attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and immunization (preventive vaccines). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Mangas speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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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.
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