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We found 24 critical care specialists who accept Blue Choice Bronze PPO 005 near Temple, TX.

Dr. Jorge Francisco Velazco, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jorge Velazco's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at National University of San Marcos. Dr. Velazco's medical residency was performed at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Velazco include: Physician of the Year, Saint Elizabeth Community Hospital, Red Bluff, CA; Best Third Year Resident, Lincoln Medical Center, Bronx, NY, Academic year, 2000-2001; and Best Intern of the Year, Lincoln Medical Center, Bronx, NY, Academic year 1998-1999. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Interstitial Lung Disease, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Dr. Gonzalo Alenjandro Salgado-Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Gonzalo Salgado, who practices in Round Rock, TX, Temple, TX, and Taylor, TX, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in sleep disorders, intensive care, and lung problems. Dr. Salgado is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Luis Razetti School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Salgado's distinctions include: Magna cum Laude, Universidad Central de Venezuela; Luis Razetti Award, Luis Razetti School of Medicine; and Lorenzo Campins y Ballester Award, Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Intensive Care, Lung Problems

Dr. Carl David Boethel, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Carl Boethel specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Boethel is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Polysomnography, Intensive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Preston Iii Erwin III, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Critical Care
2401 S 31st Street; Division of Cardiology
Temple, TX
 

Dr. John Erwin is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). In his practice, Dr. Erwin focuses on invasive cardiology. Dr. Erwin is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Erwin honors. He obtained his medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Erwin's distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha.

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Clinical interests: Preventive Cardiology, Heart Valve Disease, Invasive Cardiology, Echocardiogram, Ischemic ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Fernando Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Juan Sanchez works as an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Sanchez attended CES University, Institute of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Young Investigator Award: Chest.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Transbronchial Biopsy, Interstitial Lung Disease, Interventional ... (Read more)

Dr. Shirley Fong Jones, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Shirley Jones' areas of specialization are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology; she sees patients in Temple, TX and Waco, TX. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Jones attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for residency. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Invited participant, American College of Chest Physicians Academic Leadership Development Program; Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society; and Diversity Travel Award, Sleep Research Network, Bethesda, Maryland.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Intensive Care, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Yau, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2301 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Peter Yau's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He practices in Taylor, TX and Temple, TX. He attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Yau completed a residency program at Scott and White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Biopsy, Tracheostomy, Interstitial Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Heath Douglas White, MS, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Heath White is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. White takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Scott and White Healthcare for residency.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Bronchoscopy, Biopsy, Intensive Care, Lung Problems, Interventional ... (Read more)

Dr. William G Petersen, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. William Petersen is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Dr. Petersen graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Areas of expertise for Dr. Petersen include pulmonary function test (PFT) and pulmonary hypertension. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Petersen accepts. Dr. Petersen has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Lung Problems, Pulmonary Function Test, Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Whitney Shea Prince, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Whitney Prince sees patients in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and Houston, TX. Her medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Prince has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She speaks Medical Spanish. Dr. Prince is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Transbronchial Biopsy, Pneumonia, Lung Cancer, Emphysema, Sepsis, Thoracentesis

Dr. Richard Calvin Beckendorf, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Richard Beckendorf is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. His clinical interests encompass lung problems. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Beckendorf studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Clinical interests: Lung Problems

Dr. Danny Carlton Little, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Critical Care
2401 S 31st
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Danny Little practices pediatric surgery, general surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine) in Temple, TX, College Station, TX, and Round Rock, TX. Dr. Little is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Before completing his residency at Scott and White Healthcare, Dr. Little attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Best Clinical Faculty, Temple Surgery Clerkship, Texas A&M College of Medicine; Most Outstanding Surgical Teaching Faculty, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and Surgical Education Research Fellowship.

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Clinical interests: Wounds, Burns, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Intensive Care, Ovarian Disease

Dr. Randall Walter Smith, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Critical Care
2401 South 31st Street, Ms-01-730c; Department of Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Randall Smith's specialties are general surgery, trauma surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Smith takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Smith include: Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2015. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Abdominal Problems, Intensive Care, Surgical Procedures, Trauma

Dr. Marcia Heather Henderson, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Marcia Henderson's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology; she sees patients in Waco, TX and Temple, TX. She attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for residency. Dr. Henderson honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Henderson has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Bronchoscopy, Biopsy, Intensive Care, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Endobronchial Ultrasound

Dr. Steven Manuel Costa, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Critical Care
2401 South 31st
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Steven Costa is a specialist in adult cardiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). He works in Temple, TX. He has indicated that his clinical interests include invasive cardiology. Dr. Costa is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Costa accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of Scott and White Healthcare's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Costa has received include Chief Resident Internal Medicine Residency, Scott & White Hospital, Temple, TX; Bailey R. Collin Scholarship, University of Texas Medical Branch; and American Academy of Family Physicians teaching award.

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Clinical interests: Myocarditis, Electrocardiogram, Cardiomyopathy, Invasive Cardiology, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Anders Provost Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Critical Care
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. David Provost is a medical specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Provost is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dr. Provost attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Provost has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity

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What is Critical Care?

Critical care, or intensive care medicine, is the delivery of medical care to patients whose illness or injury is so seriously life threatening that they would likely die without intervention. It usually takes place in ICUs or trauma centers. It is referred to as critical care in North America, while it is called intensive care or intensive therapy in the rest of the world. Specialists in this field are sometimes referred to as intensivists.

Critical care may encompass a broad variety of medical specialties in the efforts to save a patient’s life. Critical care specialists must have a good knowledge of anesthesiology, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and other specialties. Besides their medical knowledge, intensivists must know a great deal about end-of-life issues, including ethics, advanced directives, and family counseling and bereavement.

Critical care is a relatively modern specialty, which developed along with ICUs beginning in the 1950’s. It looks different from regular medicine, and it can be recognized by the presence of more nurses, more monitoring, more invasive monitors and procedures, and the presence of life-sustaining therapies such as mechanical ventilators and vasopressors.

Specialists in critical care frequently have to make urgent and complex decisions. They use their knowledge and skill to provide intensive care to the most fragile patients and do their best to save lives.