We found 4 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Everyday Health Premier near Gainesville, FL.

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Dr. Peruvemba Sundaram Sriram MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Peruvemba Sriram's medical specialty is critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Sriram's areas of clinical interest consist of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sriram (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati, Tamil, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Mark Louis Brantly MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
average rating 2.95 stars (5 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Mark Brantly works as a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. He is especially interested in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Brantly attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Brantly is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brantly honors. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Alpha1 National Association Award and Alpha1 Foundation Research Professorship.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Natalia Isabel Moguillansky MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Natalia Moguillansky is an intensive care specialist and adult pulmonologist. After completing medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Moguillansky has a special interest in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: the University of Buenos Aires - School of Medicine: Graduated with honors and Annual Chest Meeting. Finalist, 2006 Chest Foundation's Young Investigator Award. Dr. Moguillansky is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. David M. Quillen MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 2.25 stars (2 ratings)
1707 North Main Street
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. David Quillen's area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, preventive care, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Quillen is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Exemplary Teacher Award, University of Florida College of Medicine, 2008, 2009 and College of Medicine Dean's Top 5% Teachers, 2003, 2004. Dr. Quillen is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Preventive Care

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.
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