We found 13 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver PPO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. George Barron Mallory Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Mallory is a pediatric pulmonology specialist. Dr. Mallory has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's residency program. Dr. Mallory is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Lung Transplant, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

Dr. Robert William Moore, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Robert Moore's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. He has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and kidney problems. Dr. Moore accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma, Kidney Problems

Dr. Fadel Ernesto Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Fadel Ruiz is a pediatric pulmonologist. He graduated from Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. He has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Ruiz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

Dr. Marianna Martin Sockrider, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marianna Sockrider is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Sockrider is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the University of Missouri Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Michelle Chrisco Chrisco, BS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street; 9th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michelle Mann is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mann studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Mann's medical residency was performed at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Nidhy Paulose Varghese, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nidhy Varghese's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Varghese's clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and pulmonary hypertension. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Albany Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. Dr. Varghese (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Debra Atkinson Cutler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2727 W Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Debra Cutler is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Cutler is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She is open to new patients. Dr. Cutler is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Premature Babies, Asthma

Dr. Peter W Hiatt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Peter Hiatt is a pediatric pulmonologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hiatt include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hiatt trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Jennifer Ann Rama, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Rama is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rama include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Rama attended St. George's, University of London for medical school.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Jose M Teran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jose Teran works as a pediatric pulmonologist. Dr. Teran's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). His education and training includes medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Julie Pamela Katkin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Katkin specializes in pediatric pulmonology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Katkin include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Katkin is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Katkin's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Siby Pothen Moonnumakal, BS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Greenway Plaza; Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Siby Moonnumakal is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. His areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Moonnumakal's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Shannon L French, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shannon French sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Dr. French has a special interest in type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). She is rated highly by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She obtained her medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed her residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. French is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes

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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes unusually thick mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs. This makes it difficult to breathe. Bacteria can grow in the mucus and people with cystic fibrosis are prone to lung infections. When mucus collects in the pancreas, people with cystic fibrosis aren’t able to produce the enzymes needed to digest food properly, and can be prone to malnutrition or diabetes. The median age of survival for someone with cystic fibrosis is only 37, but people are surviving longer than ever before thanks to medical advances; it is not unheard of for people with cystic fibrosis to live into their 40’s or even older.

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis most commonly begin in childhood, although in milder cases the symptoms may not appear until teenage years or even adulthood. Symptoms can include salty skin, a persistent cough, repeated lung infections, wheezing and shortness of breath, failure to thrive and poor weight gain despite eating adequate amounts, and unusual bowel movements.

Treatment for most cystic fibrosis patients involves procedures known as airway clearance techniques. These are changes in position or methods of tapping or pounding that shake mucus loose from the lungs and allow it to be coughed out. Inhalers are also commonly used to apply medication to thin out the mucus in the lungs. Antibiotics can be taken orally, by inhaler, or through an IV to combat infections. Nutritional support is extremely important with cystic fibrosis because digestion is impaired and diabetes is such a common complication. Many patients take pancreatic enzymes to support their digestion. Finally, for a certain type of cystic fibrosis, there is a new medication called Kalydeco that works to help the defective protein in the body work better and clear mucus from the body.
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