We found 3 nephrologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health near Winter Haven, FL.

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Dr. Alan Lawrence Sallman, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
500 E Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL
 

Dr. Alan Sallman, who practices in Winter Haven, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Sallman's professional affiliations include BayCare Health System and Winter Haven Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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Dr. Michele Lea McClendon, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
500 E Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL
 

Dr. Michele McClendon's specialty is adult nephrology. Her education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. McClendon takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Dr. Peng Jeffrey Hou, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
500 East Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL
 

Dr. Peng Hou is a specialist in adult nephrology. For his professional training, Dr. Hou completed a residency program at Interfaith Medical Center. 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. Hou speaks Chinese. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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What is Nephrology?

Nephrology is the medical specialty that deals with diseases of the kidneys. Nephrologists deal with illnesses that are caused by lowered kidney function, such as certain types of hypertension. They also treat illnesses that harm the kidneys, such as acute kidney disease. Other specific diseases and disorders that are treated by a nephrologist include:
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Acute renal failure
  • Blood or protein in the urine (hematuria or proteinuria)
  • Kidney stones
  • Nephritis, or inflammation of the kidneys

Pediatric nephrologists specialize in kidney diseases and disorders affecting infants and children. They may see children for inherited kidney diseases, recurring urinary tract infections, or high blood pressure, among other problems.

A nephrologist may use lab tests, ultrasound, and biopsies to diagnose the problem for their patients. They might prescribe treatments ranging from diet changes to dialysis to transplants. Most kidney problems are chronic, meaning that they last for a long time. Thus, nephrologists get to know their patients well and may treat them for many years.
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