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We found 8 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. George Mallory, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Mallory's areas of expertise consist of lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. 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 is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He works in Houston, TX. He has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Ruiz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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. Dr. Ruiz 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 works as a pediatric pulmonologist. Dr. Varghese attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. She is especially interested in 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) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Malayalam. She is 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 physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. She has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Rama is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at St. George's, University of London and St. George's University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Moonnumakal 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. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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. Her clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Mann is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Mann attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo for residency.

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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 pediatric pulmonology specialist in Houston, TX. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In Dr. Katkin's practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Katkin is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

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

Dr. Shannon French is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. French has indicated that her clinical interests include type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Before completing her residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Dr. French attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. French average 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. French has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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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.