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We found 18 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Tampa, FL.

Dr. Andres Freidel 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 and adult pulmonology specialist in Orlando, FL, Gainesville, FL, and Tampa, FL. Dr. Pelaez's clinical interests encompass lung transplant, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and pulmonary hypertension. 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 attended medical school at CES University, Institute of Health Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for his residency. Dr. Pelaez is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

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

Dr. Bruce Michael Schnapf, MD, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
17 Davis Medical Building; 17 Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Schnapf works as a pediatric pulmonologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schnapf include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. Dr. Schnapf accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Schnapf attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schnapf has received professional recognition including the following: 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. He has an open panel.

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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 is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in Tampa, FL and Riverview, FL. In his practice, Dr. Rosenberg focuses on asthma, sleep apnea, and spirometry. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Rosenberg attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Rosenberg completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 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. Rosenberg honors.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

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

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

Dr. Theron Ebel is a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ebel include sleep disorders. Dr. Ebel is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ebel takes. Dr. Ebel studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Problems, Intensive Care

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

Dr. Chirag Shah practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Wesley Chapel, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Dade City, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Shah is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He 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). He is professionally affiliated with 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: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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

Dr. Dragos Zanchi's medical specialty is sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. He trained at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zanchi include lung cancer, sleep apnea, and pulse oximetry. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Zanchi 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. Dr. Zanchi (or staff) is conversant in Romanian, Spanish, and French. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

Dr. Ricardo Restrepo-Jaramillo's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of clinical interest consist of intensive care, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Restrepo-Jaramillo is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He welcomes new patients. After attending Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Restrepo-Jaramillo completed his residency training at Abington Memorial Hospital.

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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

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

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He studied medicine at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vydyula include asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. 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. Vydyula (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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
17 Davis Medical Building; 17 Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marisa Couluris' area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Couluris's areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and sleep apnea. She is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Couluris welcomes 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Laber is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Laber include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. Dr. Laber is professionally affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Laber's education and training includes medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and residency at Huron Hospital and South Pointe Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Teaching Faculty, University of Louisville, JG Brown Cancer Center.

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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 practices cardiothoracic surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic valve replacement, and lung cancer surgery. Dr. Sheffield is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sheffield 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. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Chairman's Gold Award LifeLink Foundation.

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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, Office of Dr Ahmad Hamzah
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ahmad Hamzah's specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He practices in Brandon, FL, Tampa, FL, and Dade City, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Hamzah (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and Bayfront Health Dade City. Dr. Hamzah obtained his medical school training at the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine and the University of Cadiz Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, New York Methodist Hospital, and DMC Harper University Hospital. Dr. Hamzah honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary embolism

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

Dr. Lawrence Bruce Berk, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lawrence Berk is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in radiation oncology. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Berk include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Berk's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Cyberknife Radiosurgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, ... (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's medical specialty is vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Alkire average 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal surgery, vascular surgery procedures, and lung resection. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community 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 medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Alkire's medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Alkire has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He speaks Spanish.

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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 hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Tampa, FL. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. His clinical interests encompass lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast issues. Patient ratings for Dr. Hough average 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. Hough takes. His hospital/clinic 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 is a pediatric otolaryngologist and facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, FL and Riverview, FL. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). These areas are among her clinical interests: endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and head surgery. Dr. Hotchkiss's average rating from her patients is 3.0 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. She has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Hotchkiss speaks Spanish. She 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.