We found 9 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Fadel Ernesto Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Fadel Ruiz is a pediatric pulmonologist. His education and training includes medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. In his practice, Dr. Ruiz focuses on 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. He is professionally 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. George Barron Mallory Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Mallory specializes in pediatric pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Mallory include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mallory honors. His education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is 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. Jennifer Ann Rama, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Rama is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She works in Houston, TX. Her clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Rama takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended St. George's, University of London and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She 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. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Mann is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Mann trained 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 Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Katkin's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Katkin at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

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

Dr. Ricardo Mosquera's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Mosquera attended the University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Driscoll Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for residency. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Cystic Fibrosis

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

Dr. Nidhy Varghese works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Houston, TX. Her areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and pulmonary hypertension. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Varghese takes. Dr. Varghese graduated from Albany Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Varghese (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Malayalam.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension

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

Dr. Siby Moonnumakal practices pediatric pulmonology in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Moonnumakal is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

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

Dr. Shannon French is a pediatric endocrinology specialist. Dr. French is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She trained at Phoenix Children's Hospital for her residency. Her areas of expertise include type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. French is rated highly by her patients. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: 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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