We found 4 infectious disease providers who accept Health Net HSP near West Hills, CA.

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Michael D Cohen MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
19950 Rinaldi Street; Suite 300
Porter Ranch, CA

Dr. Michael Cohen is an adult infectious disease specialist. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohen graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cohen trained at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Cohen is affiliated with UCLA Health.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
7230 Medical Center Drive; #203
West Hills, CA

Dr. John Li is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. He attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Li is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
Average rating 3.83 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
7345 Medical Center Drive; Suite #200
West Hills, CA

Dr. Ann Shahwan practices adult infectious disease in West Hills, CA. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Shahwan is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
Average rating 3.45 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
7230 Medical Center Drive; Suite 203
West Hills, CA

Dr. Mariam Bakhtary is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. Dr. Bakhtary is conversant in Persian. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net.

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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.
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