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We found 20 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Tampa, FL.

Dr. Bruce Michael Schnapf, MD, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Schnapf specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Tampa, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. Dr. Schnapf 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 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Pediatric Attending of the Year Award, Awarded by Pediatric Residents; Governor's Community Service Award, American College of Chest Physicians; and Intern Teaching Award, Awarded by Pediatric Fqaculty of Case Western Reserve University. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schnapf's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Asthma, Chronic Cough

Dr. David Rosenberg, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
4714 N Armenia Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Rosenberg works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Tampa, FL and Riverview, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Rosenberg is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Rosenberg's clinical interests: asthma, sleep apnea, and spirometry. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rosenberg graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Allergies, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Spirometry, Asthma

Dr. Andres Pelaez Freidel, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
5 Tampa General Circle; Harborside Suite 730
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Andres Pelaez is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Gainesville, FL, Tampa, FL, and Orlando, FL. Dr. Pelaez's clinical interests include lung transplant, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and pulmonary hypertension. He 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 CES University, Institute of Health Sciences. Dr. Pelaez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Transplant, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Dr. Theron Arthur Ebel, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Theron Ebel is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ebel include sleep disorders. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ebel honors. Dr. Ebel studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Ebel is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Problems, Intensive Care

Dr. Dragos Gheorghe Zanchi, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
4900 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Dragos Zanchi specializes in sleep medicine and adult pulmonology and practices in Brandon, FL, Tampa, FL, and Plant City, FL. Dr. Zanchi (or staff) is conversant in Romanian, Spanish, and French. Dr. Zanchi's areas of expertise consist of lung cancer, sleep apnea, and pulse oximetry. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Zanchi studied medicine at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. For his professional training, Dr. Zanchi completed a residency program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Zanchi is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zanchi 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.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Land O Lakes, FL, Dade City, FL, and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's 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. Dr. Shah attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Ricardo Restrepo-Jaramillo, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Restrepo-Jaramillo is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Tampa, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Restrepo-Jaramillo include intensive care, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. 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. Restrepo-Jaramillo graduated from Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Intensive Care

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Pulmonology
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 300
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Timothy Floreth's medical specialty is adult critical care and pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Floreth include lung transplant and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Floreth is affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Craig Summer Research Fellowship and Howard Hughes Research Fellow & Graduated Cum Laude with Distinction in Biology.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Transplant

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Land O Lakes, FL, Tampa, FL, and Wesley Chapel, FL. He graduated from Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula's areas of expertise consist of asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Marisa Couluris, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor Usf Pediatrics
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marisa Couluris' specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Couluris's clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and sleep apnea. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Couluris is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pneumonia

Dr. Damian Abel Laber, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Damian Laber, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. After completing medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Huron Hospital and South Pointe Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. Patients rated Dr. Laber highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Laber honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of Best Teaching Faculty, University of Louisville, JG Brown Cancer Center. He is professionally affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Laber is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Bleeding, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Hemophilia, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 725
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cedric Sheffield specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Sheffield's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic valve replacement, and lung cancer surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Sheffield attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Chairman's Gold Award LifeLink Foundation. Dr. Sheffield is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Lung Biopsy, Beating Heart Coronary ... (Read more)

Dr. Cedar Heart M Institute, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2605 W Swan Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ahmad Hamzah is a specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Hamzah attended the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine and the University of Cadiz Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital, New York Methodist Hospital, and DMC Harper University Hospital for residency. Dr. Hamzah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and Bayfront Health Dade City.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary embolism

All Interests: Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Surgery, Tracheal Surgery, Heart Failure, Pulmonary Embolism, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 860
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire works as a vascular surgeon, trauma surgeon, and chest surgeon. Dr. Alkire attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. His medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal surgery, vascular surgery procedures, and lung resection. Patients gave Dr. Alkire an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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 has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Alkire is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Hypertension, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Oliver Hough, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3001 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; 1st Floor Sjh Cancer Institute
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Hough is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Tampa, FL. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hough include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast issues. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Hough's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Issues

Dr. Karin Swisher Hotchkiss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery
4200 N Armenia Avenue; Suite 5
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karin Hotchkiss specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and facial plastic surgery and practices in Tampa, FL and Riverview, FL. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). These areas are among Dr. Hotchkiss's clinical interests: endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and head surgery. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hotchkiss honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hotchkiss is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser Surgery, Skin Issues, Neck ... (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.