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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 works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Houston, TX. Areas of particular interest 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 takes. Dr. Mallory obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Mallory 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 practices pediatric pulmonology in Houston, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Ruiz is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. 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 takes 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, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

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

Dr. Nidhy Varghese is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Varghese's clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and pulmonary hypertension. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). In addition to English, Dr. Varghese (or staff) speaks Spanish and Malayalam. Dr. Varghese 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 practices pediatric pulmonology. These areas are among her clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rama graduated from St. George's, University of London and St. George's University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rama accepts.

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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 practices pediatric pulmonology in Houston, TX. In his practice, Dr. Moonnumakal focuses on cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Moonnumakal completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Mann is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and a graduate of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo's residency program. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mann takes.

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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 physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Katkin is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Katkin attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school.

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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 pediatric endocrinology specialist. In Dr. French's practice, she is particularly interested in 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. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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.