We found 8 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Aetna Leap near Forked River, NJ.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Raquel Empedrad works as an allergist/immunologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Empedrad include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Empedrad's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. Dr. Empedrad graduated from Cebu Institute of Medicine and Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine. Dr. Empedrad's medical residency was performed at Nassau University Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Empedrad accepts.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. George Alec Belecanech, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. George Belecanech practices adult allergy & immunology. His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Belecanech is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center, Dr. Belecanech attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Recognized as a "Top Doc" by South Jersey Magazine. Dr. Belecanech is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc Fred Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Marc Goldstein specializes in adult allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. Dr. Goldstein takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Goldstein attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Goldstein has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Courier Post's 2008 Best of South Jersey Doctors; and Recognized in Delaware Valley Consumers 2007 Best Doctors.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald Jeffrey Dvorin, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Donald Dvorin's medical specialty is allergy & immunology. He graduated from Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. For his professional training, Dr. Dvorin completed residency programs at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dvorin include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Patients gave Dr. Dvorin an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Irene Christa Haralabatos, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Irene Haralabatos practices adult allergy & immunology. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. Before performing her residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dr. Haralabatos attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Haralabatos takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Nancy Gordon is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Her education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Temple University Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Gordon's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. David Larosa's specialty is allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Larosa include sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. Aetna, Aetna Bronze, and Aetna HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larosa takes. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital.

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

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Dr. Juen Kim, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Juen Kim is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Kim's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. She is in-network for Aetna, Aetna Bronze, and Aetna HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at Spectrum Health. Dr. Kim is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital.

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

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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.