We found 15 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver PPO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Debra Atkinson Cutler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2727 W Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Debra Cutler specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Houston, TX. She attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cutler has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Cutler is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Main Campus, and The Woman's Hospital of Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Premature Babies, Asthma

Dr. Marianna Martin Sockrider, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marianna Sockrider's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Sockrider's areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, she performed her residency at the University of Missouri Health System. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Robert William Moore, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Internal Medicine
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Robert Moore practices pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Moore's clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Peter William Hiatt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Peter Hiatt is a pediatric pulmonologist in Houston, TX. His areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Hiatt attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Khoulood Farid Fakhoury, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Khoulood Fakhoury, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. After completing medical school at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Fakhoury performed her residency at Jordan University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fakhoury include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and sleep apnea. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Jose M Teran Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jose Teran is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Teran has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Teran is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. George Barron Mallory Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Mallory's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Mallory graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has a special interest in lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Lung Transplant, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

Dr. Fadel Ernesto Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
621 Fannin; Suite 1040.00
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Fadel Ruiz works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Ruiz completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

Dr. Nidhy Paulose Varghese, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nidhy Varghese is a pediatric pulmonologist. She graduated from Albany Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Varghese include cystic fibrosis (CF) and pulmonary hypertension. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Varghese (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Jennifer Ann Rama, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Rama is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rama include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rama is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at St. George's, University of London and St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Rama completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Siby Pothen Moonnumakal, BS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Greenway Plaza; Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Siby Moonnumakal is a pediatric pulmonology specialist. In Dr. Moonnumakal's practice, he is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Moonnumakal attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Michelle Chrisco Chrisco, BS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street; 9th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michelle Mann works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Houston, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mann include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Julie Pamela Katkin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Katkin is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She works in Houston, TX. She is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Katkin graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Katkin is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Ricardo Alberto Mosquera, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6431 Fannin Street; #3.226a
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Mosquera is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Mosquera is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Driscoll Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Cystic Fibrosis

Dr. Shannon L French, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shannon French is a pediatric endocrinologist. In Dr. French's practice, she is particularly interested in type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. French accepts. She studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. French trained at Phoenix Children's Hospital for residency. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes

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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes unusually thick mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs. This makes it difficult to breathe. Bacteria can grow in the mucus and people with cystic fibrosis are prone to lung infections. When mucus collects in the pancreas, people with cystic fibrosis aren’t able to produce the enzymes needed to digest food properly, and can be prone to malnutrition or diabetes. The median age of survival for someone with cystic fibrosis is only 37, but people are surviving longer than ever before thanks to medical advances; it is not unheard of for people with cystic fibrosis to live into their 40’s or even older.

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis most commonly begin in childhood, although in milder cases the symptoms may not appear until teenage years or even adulthood. Symptoms can include salty skin, a persistent cough, repeated lung infections, wheezing and shortness of breath, failure to thrive and poor weight gain despite eating adequate amounts, and unusual bowel movements.

Treatment for most cystic fibrosis patients involves procedures known as airway clearance techniques. These are changes in position or methods of tapping or pounding that shake mucus loose from the lungs and allow it to be coughed out. Inhalers are also commonly used to apply medication to thin out the mucus in the lungs. Antibiotics can be taken orally, by inhaler, or through an IV to combat infections. Nutritional support is extremely important with cystic fibrosis because digestion is impaired and diabetes is such a common complication. Many patients take pancreatic enzymes to support their digestion. Finally, for a certain type of cystic fibrosis, there is a new medication called Kalydeco that works to help the defective protein in the body work better and clear mucus from the body.
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