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We found 3 infectious disease providers who accept BlueCross BlueShield of Texas near The Woodlands, TX.

Dr. Leonardo Alberto Palau, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1111 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 170
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Leonardo Palau's area of specialization is adult infectious disease. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at Robert Packer Hospital, Dr. Palau attended medical school at Catholic University of Santiago of Guayaquil, Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Palau is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Skin Infection, Soft Tissue Problems, HIV/AIDS, Travel Medicine

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 330
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Shazia Gill's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Gill's training includes residency programs at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1111 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 170
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Vipul Desai's area of specialization is adult infectious disease. Dr. Desai takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Desai (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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What is Infectious Disease?

Infectious disease is a specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of infections, including bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections. Infectious disease specialists are trained in the studies of immunology, or how the body fights off infections, as well as epidemiology, or how diseases spread.

Some infectious disease doctors further specialize within the field of infectious disease. For instance, pediatric infectious disease specialists treat children and teens with serious infections. Others focus specifically on patients who have HIV or AIDS, as these conditions commonly cause patients to contract unusual and severe infections.

Most common infections can be treated by a general physician without problems. A referral to an infectious disease specialist might be made in cases such as:
  • An infection that is difficult to diagnose
  • An extremely high fever
  • An infection that is not responding to treatment
  • A patient traveling to a foreign country where the risk for infection is high
  • A patient with a chronic illness or infection that requires frequent treatment, such as HIV

Infectious disease specialists often use lab work to diagnose infections. They may culture a wound or look for the presence of antibodies in the blood. Treatment may include vaccinations, antifungals, or antibiotics. Infectious disease specialists are skilled at prescribing appropriate antibiotics for specific infections and knowing when the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects for using them.