We found 9 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's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. Dr. Mallory is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. 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 accepts 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: 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's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Ruiz's areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ruiz graduated from Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for his residency.

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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 practices pediatric pulmonology in Houston, TX. In her practice, Dr. Varghese focuses on cystic fibrosis (CF) and pulmonary hypertension. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Albany Medical College. Dr. Varghese completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Varghese (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Malayalam.

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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 specializes in pediatric pulmonology. These areas are among her clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Rama attended medical school at St. George's, University of London and St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Rama's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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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 specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He works in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include 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. Moonnumakal accepts. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is 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 specializes in pediatric pulmonology. These areas are among her clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Mann is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Mann is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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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's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. 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, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Katkin is professionally 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. Ricardo Alberto Mosquera, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6431 Fannin Street; #3.226a
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Mosquera is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Mosquera studied medicine at the University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mosquera trained at Driscoll Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. In addition to English, 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 medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She has a special interest in type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. French is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. French honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed her residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She 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.
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