We found 7 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near Houston, TX.

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Fadel Ernesto Ruiz M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Fadel Ruiz's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Ruiz's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ruiz's education and training includes medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

George Mallory MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Mallory, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. Dr. Mallory is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his residency, Dr. Mallory trained at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

Michelle Chrisco Mann M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street; 9th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michelle Mann's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. In her practice, Dr. Mann focuses on cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Mann graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Nidhy Paulose Varghese MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
average rating 2.25 stars (1 rating)
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nidhy Varghese practices pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Varghese has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF) and pulmonary hypertension. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). In addition to English, Dr. Varghese (or staff) speaks Spanish and Malayalam. Dr. Varghese is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension

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

Dr. Jennifer Rama's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Her areas of expertise consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Rama's education and training includes medical school at St. George's, University of London and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Rama is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Julie Katkin MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
average rating 3.75 stars (3 ratings)
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Katkin, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Katkin obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Katkin average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Katkin accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

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

Dr. Siby Moonnumakal's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Moonnumakal attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

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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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