We found 16 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida MyBlue near Palmetto Bay, FL.

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Dr. Fabriccio Melanio Letellier, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8750 Sw 144 Street; Suite 208
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Fabriccio Letellier's specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He practices in Palmetto Bay, FL and Miami, FL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Letellier attended Ibero-American University (UNIBE) for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Letellier include sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. Dr. Letellier 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. In addition to English, Dr. Letellier speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Jose Mangas, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
9200 Sw 72nd Street; Building 4 Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mario Mangas is a specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mangas completed a residency program at West Suburban Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mangas include sleep disorders, emphysema, and immunization (preventive vaccines). His average patient rating is 4.0 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. Mangas takes. He has received the following distinctions: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Mangas's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Richard Steven Prager, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Richard Prager's medical specialty is adult critical care and pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Prager include obesity, sleep disorders, and emphysema. He 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. Prager is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He has received the following distinctions: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Antonio Lopetegui, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Primary Care, Other, Adult Pulmonology
8750 Sw 144 Street; Suite 208
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Lopetegui is a critical care specialist, primary care doctor, and pulmonologist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana, Dr. Lopetegui performed his residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lopetegui is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Snoring, Emphysema

Dr. Leonard Simon, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Primary Care, Adult Pulmonology
9299 South West 152nd Street, Intensive Care Services; Suite 203
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Leonard Simon specializes in adult critical care, primary care, and adult pulmonology and practices in Palmetto Bay, FL, Miami, FL, and Hollywood, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Simon include sleep disorders, asthma, and snoring. He 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. After attending the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Simon has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Lisardo Garcia Garcia Covarrubias, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
8950 N. Kendall Drive; Suite 607w
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Lisado Covarrubias practices general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery in Miami, FL. His areas of expertise consist of emphysema, heart surgery, and tumor. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Covarrubias's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Bethesda Health, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Surgery, Tumor, Emphysema

Dr. Antonio Emilio Blanco, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7775 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Blanco practices general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Blanco include diabetes, emphysema, and migraine. Dr. Blanco's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Blanco completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Scoliosis, Kidney Stones, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alfonso Jose Monge, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9045 Sw 87 Court
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Alfonso Monge specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Monge include diabetes, depression, and arthritis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Monge 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. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Hospital for residency. Dr. Monge's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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Dr. Carlos Jesus Piniella, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
9275 Sw 152 Street; Suite 210
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Piniella's area of specialization is allergy & immunology. His clinical interests include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Patient ratings for Dr. Piniella average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of Cabrini Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Piniella has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose David Morgan, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
7190 Southwest; 87 Avenue
Miami, FL
 

In Dr. Jose Morgan's practice, he is particularly interested in obesity, thyroid problems, and anemia. Dr. Morgan is affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Low Testosterone, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Preventive ... (Read more)

Dr. Natasha Ailime Fajardo, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9045 Sw 87th Court
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Natasha Fajardo sees patients in Miami, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. She attended Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. 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. Fajardo is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Fajardo's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Incontinence, Scoliosis, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diego Carlos Saavedra, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9045 Sw 87 Court
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Diego Saavedra is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Saavedra's clinical interests: osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. 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. Saavedra is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Graves Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Felix Eduardo Guzman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12600 Sw 120 Street; Suite 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Felix Guzman's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Guzman's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and depression. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Guzman attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Griffin Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Back Problems, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Reza Azar, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Primary Care
8720 N Kendall Drive; Suite 214
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Reza Azar specializes in adult cardiology and primary care and practices in Miami, FL and Homestead, FL. Dr. Azar speaks Persian. His clinical interests include emphysema and heart problems. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. After completing medical school at Iran University of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. Dr. Azar has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Problems, Emphysema

Dr. Tzewan Wong, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10420 Sw 77 Avenue; Suite 100
Pinecrest, FL
 

Dr. Tzewan Wong is a general internist. Dr. Wong (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, migraine, and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with Baptist Hospital. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wong 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.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Down Syndrome, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julio Jorge, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9560 Sw 107 Avenue; Suite A104
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Julio Jorge is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Jorge include diabetes, emphysema, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, Dr. Jorge attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Jorge's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Preventive Care, Elder Care, Emphysema

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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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