We found 3 critical care specialists who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Life and Health Insurance Company near San Carlos, CA.

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Dr. Allen Frederick Namath Gromme, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA

Dr. Allen Namath is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. Namath is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include intensive care and lung problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Namath takes. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Namath attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Namath is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tomomi Oka, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA

Dr. Tomomi Oka specializes in thoracic surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). After attending Keio University for medical school, Dr. Oka completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. His clinical interests encompass thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Japanese. Dr. Oka is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sclerotherapy, Thoracic Cancer, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Mediastinal Tumor, Pleural Effusion, ... (Read more)

Dr. Judy H Huang, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA

Dr. Judy Huang, who practices in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA, is a medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. Huang is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Huang is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Huang's office for an appointment. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center.

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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.
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