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Dr. Michael D Cohen, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
19950 Rinaldi Street; Suite 300
Porter Ranch, CA

Dr. Michael Cohen is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Cohen obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He 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 an adult infectious disease specialist. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
7345 Medical Center Drive; Suite #200
West Hills, CA

Dr. Ann Shahwan's area of specialization is adult infectious disease. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Shahwan attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Mariam Bakhtary is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. Dr. Bakhtary attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. In addition to English, she speaks Persian.

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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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