We found 10 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Amerigroup Star Plus near Sugar Land, TX.

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Dr. Sandip R Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Other, Adult Pulmonology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sandip Desai is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include lung biopsy, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and asthma. Dr. Desai is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Surat and performed his residency at Miami Valley Hospital. Dr. Desai is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Physical Exams, Spirometry, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pankaj K Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Pankaj Shah is an adult pulmonology specialist in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include lung surgery, sleep apnea, and epilepsy. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Dr. Shah attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Hypertension, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Mauricio A Reinoso, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 310
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Mauricio Reinoso sees patients in Sugar Land, TX. His medical specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Reinoso is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, asthma

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bronchitis, Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Treatment, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert L McKowen, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Robert McKowen's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. McKowen at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. McKowen include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. McKowen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at Allegheny General Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. McKowen attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Sarcoidosis, Sclerotherapy, Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shahid Hasnain, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Shahid Hasnain sees patients in Sugar Land, TX and Richmond, TX. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Hasnain's education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. His clinical interests include knee problems, scoliosis, and sinusitis (sinus infection). His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Hasnain is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Circumcision, Scoliosis, Sickle Cell Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joan Whitaker Stoerner, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics, Neonatology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Joan Stoerner practices neonatology and general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Stoerner average 3.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include obesity, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Dr. Stoerner is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Stoerner completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Stoerner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues, Newborn Care

Dr. Viren N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1235 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 101
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Viren Shah is a Sugar Land, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for his residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include sleep disorders, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Shah is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Neuropathy, Diabetes, Heart Failure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Younis Najam, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Legal Medicine
12000 Wilcrest Drive; #206
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mohammad Najam sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is legal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Najam average 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Najam is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He attended medical school at King Edward Medical University. He trained at Driscoll Children's Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Asthma

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Amir Ali is a Sugar Land, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include heart problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Ali is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Gynecologic Procedures, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Gynecological Problems, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rubina Wahid, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
1441 Highway 6; 100
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Rubina Wahid is an allergist and immunologist. Dr. Wahid is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She attended Dow Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Woodhull Medical Center. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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