We found 21 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Tampa, 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 practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He attended medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. He has a special interest in asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Vydyula 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. In addition to English, Dr. Vydyula (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Vydyula's professional 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 (COPD)

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

Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
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's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. 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 Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

Dr. Ricardo Restrepo-Jaramillo, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Restrepo-Jaramillo works as a critical care specialist, internist, and pulmonologist. Dr. Restrepo-Jaramillo's clinical interests include intensive care, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Restrepo-Jaramillo is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, pulmonary hypertension, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Intensive Care

Dr. Dragos Gheorghe Zanchi, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
4900 North Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Dragos Zanchi's areas of specialization are sleep medicine and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Brandon, FL, Tampa, FL, and Plant City, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zanchi include lung cancer, sleep apnea, and pulse oximetry. Dr. Zanchi has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Zanchi attended Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Zanchi (or staff) speaks Romanian, Spanish, and German. Dr. Zanchi's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
17 Davis Medical Building; 17 Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marisa Couluris' area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Couluris attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Couluris include cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchoscopy, and pneumonia. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Couluris is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma

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

Dr. Bruce M Schnapf, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
17 Davis Medical Building; 17 Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Schnapf is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. In his practice, Dr. Schnapf focuses on cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. Dr. Schnapf accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Chronic Cough, Asthma

Dr. David Rosenberg, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
4714 N Armenia Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Rosenberg is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma, sleep apnea, and spirometry. Dr. Rosenberg is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - South, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosenberg is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Asthma

Dr. Latha M Narasimhan, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
4543 S Manhattan Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Latha Chamarthy is an adult allergy & immunology specialist in Pinellas Park, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL. After completing medical school at Coimbatore Medical College and the University of Madras, she performed her residency at United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chamarthy include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. The average patient rating for Dr. Chamarthy is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chamarthy accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She speaks the following languages: Telugu and Tamil. Her hospital/clinic 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. Cedric D Sheffield, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 725
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cedric Sheffield is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Tampa, FL and Weston, FL. These areas are among Dr. Sheffield's clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic valve replacement, and lung cancer surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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 Duke University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Lung Biopsy, Beating Heart Coronary ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 860
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire works as a vascular surgeon, trauma surgeon, and chest surgeon. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Alkire include lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Alkire attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sam Diasti, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sam Diasti practices general internal medicine. Dr. Diasti's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep apnea, wellness visit, and complementary or alternative therapy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. Dr. Diasti (or staff) speaks 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: Depression, Substance Abuse, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Damian Abel Laber, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Damian Laber works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Laber include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and bleeding. Dr. Laber's hospital/clinic affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Laber's office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Huron Hospital for residency. He has received the distinction of Best Teaching Faculty, University of Louisville, JG Brown Cancer Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Bleeding, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cheryl A Reed, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 100
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Cheryl Reed specializes in family medicine and practices in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Reed include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wellness visit. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Heritage Valley Beaver. Dr. Reed (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3218 Azeele
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Miller specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Tampa, FL. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Miller's clinical interests include diabetes, substance abuse, and emphysema. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Miller accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Wellness ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin Nmn Mena, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2835 West De Leon Street; Suite 104
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Mena's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, wellness visit, and liver disease. Patients gave Dr. Mena an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended National Autonomous University of Honduras Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Mena (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Mena is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karin Swisher Hotchkiss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery
2814 West Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karin Hotchkiss' areas of specialization are pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and facial plastic surgery; she sees patients in Tampa, FL. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Hotchkiss's areas of expertise include the following: endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and cystic fibrosis (CF). She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hotchkiss accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hotchkiss has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

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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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