We found 13 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect Everyday Health Premier near Homestead, FL.

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Dr Ravikanth Vydyula MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He graduated from Deccan College of Medical Sciences. He has a special interest in asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vydyula takes. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lun ... (Read more)

Chirag Shah DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL

Dr. Chirag Shah is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, asthma, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Shah accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
12502 Usf Pine Drive, Tampa; Floor 33610
Tampa, FL

Dr. Marisa Couluris specializes in pediatric pulmonology. She studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Couluris is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchoscopy, and pneumonia. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Couluris takes. Dr. Couluris is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Cystic Fibrosis, Pneumonia, Asthma

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pneumonia

Bruce M Schnapf DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL

Dr. Bruce Schnapf works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Tampa, FL and Sarasota, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. Dr. Schnapf honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received distinctions including Pediatric Attending of the Year Award, Awarded by Pediatric Residents; Governor's Community Service Award, American College of Chest Physicians; and Intern Teaching Award, Awarded by Pediatric Fqaculty of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Schnapf is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Cough, Asthma

Sam Diasti MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.76 stars out of 5 (86 ratings)
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL

Dr. Sam Diasti is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Diasti attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Diasti completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis, sleep apnea, and wellness visit. Dr. Diasti has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Diasti (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , Emphysema, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Asthma

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Bronchitis, Influenza, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Esophagus Problems, Sleep Apnea, Dia ... (Read more)

Dr Latha M Chamarthy MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
Average rating 2.43 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
4543 S Manhattan Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL

Dr. Latha Chamarthy is a physician who specializes in adult allergy & immunology. She graduated from Coimbatore Medical College and the University of Madras and then she performed her residency at United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Chamarthy include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Chamarthy has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Telugu and Tamil. Dr. Chamarthy's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Asthma, Allergies, Hay Fever

Dr Cheryl Reed MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.86 stars out of 5 (74 ratings)
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL

Dr. Cheryl Reed specializes in family medicine and practices in Tampa, FL. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reed's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), hepatitis, and sleep apnea. She is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna. Dr. Reed's education and training includes medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at Heritage Valley Beaver. Dr. Reed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , Emphysema, Cystic Fibrosis, Pneumonia, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Spirometry, Allergy Testing, Complem ... (Read more)

Karin Swisher Hotchkiss MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery
Average rating 3.02 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
5105 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL

Dr. Karin Hotchkiss is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and facial plastic surgery specialist. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Hotchkiss is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hotchkiss takes. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Hotchkiss attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. She has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Cystic Fibrosis

All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Laser Surgery, Skin Issues, Tympanometry, Ne ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.87 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
4543 South Manhattan Avenue; Suite 103
Tampa, FL

Dr. Nimesh Panchigar is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Panchigar include sleep apnea, wellness visit, and liver disease. Dr. Panchigar has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Grant Medical College and then he performed his residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Dr. Panchigar speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , Emphysema, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, Herni ... (Read more)

Jeetpaul Singh Saran MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.94 stars out of 5 (106 ratings)
608 South Tampania
Tampa, FL

Dr. Jeetpaul Saran's area of specialization is hospital medicine (hospitalist). Areas of expertise for Dr. Saran include sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and cancer. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. His training includes a residency program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Emphysema, Bronchitis, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Diabetes Screening, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sports Physicals, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.02 stars out of 5 (82 ratings)
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL

Dr. Karon Locicero's specialty is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Locicero is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include diabetes, sleep disorders, and thyroid problems. Dr. Locicero accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Locicero attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Locicero completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Audiometry Test, Sleep Disorders, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Thyroid Problems, Wellness Visit, Chron ... (Read more)

Dr Ambrose Joseph Chazhikattu MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (19 ratings)
608 S Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL

Dr. Ambrose Chazhikattu works as a general internist. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and cancer. Dr. Chazhikattu is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. His training includes a residency program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Emphysema, Bronchitis, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

All Interests: Diabetes Screening, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sports Physicals, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Madhurima Sanka DO
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
Average rating 4.77 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
4543 S Manhattan Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL

Dr. Madhurima Sanka's area of specialization is pediatric allergy & immunology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), allergy patch test, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Sanka is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Advanced Allergy & Asthma Care, and All Children's Hospital. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sanka is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, Dr. Sanka (or staff) speaks Telugu and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Allergy Skin Testing, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Asthma, Allergy Patch Test, Hay Fever

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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