We found 12 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept CIGNA HMO near The Woodlands, TX.

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Dr. Wail Assy, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8850 Six Pines Drive; Suite 200
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Wael Asi specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Asi attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in sleep disorders, intensive care, and asthma. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Asi has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Asi (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Asi's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Intensive Care

Dr. Charles L Yen, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
18488 Interstate 45 South
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Charles Yen practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Houston, TX, Shenandoah, TX, and Cypress, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yen include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. Dr. Yen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Yen trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Yen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sarcoidosis, Brain Cancer, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Clifford Mark Kitten, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Kitten is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Kitten attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. Dr. Kitten has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kitten 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald Leon Leass, MD
Specializes in Other, Neonatology
1011 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Donald Leass is a neonatology specialist in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Leass is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Meadowbrook Hospital. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Leass's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Pediatrics and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Problems, Allergies, Acne, Obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues

Dr. Daniel Garber Stroud, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Stroud sees patients in Spring, TX, Cypress, TX, and Shenandoah, TX. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). Dr. Stroud accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Stroud's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Stroud attended Tulane University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Menefee Mettauer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
17350 St. Luke's Way; Suite 470
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Mettauer works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Mettauer average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute, Dr. Mettauer attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharat Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1120 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 240
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe's areas of specialization are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). He studied medicine at Grant Medical College. Dr. Latthe completed his residency training at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. His clinical interests include throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Latthe (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi. Dr. Latthe is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Ear Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Nose Problems, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Murtaza N Bhuriwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
9319 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Murtaza Bhuriwala's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology; he sees patients in Kingwood, TX, Houston, TX, and Tomball, TX. His clinical interests include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhuriwala takes. He graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit. Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) speaks Urdu, Sindhi, and Arabic. Dr. Bhuriwala is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Dr. Enrique T Quintero, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
9301 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Enrique Quintero's medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), contact dermatitis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Quintero is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He graduated from the University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Quintero honors. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Quintero welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Sinusitis, Asthma, Hives, Hay Fever

Dr. Robert S Burress, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
9301 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Robert Burress, who practices in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Kingwood, TX, is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Before completing his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Dr. Burress attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Burress's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Sinusitis, Asthma, Hives, Hay Fever

Dr. Vikas S Kancherla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
9301 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Vikas Kancherla works as a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, and Kingwood, TX. His areas of clinical interest consist of sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Kancherla performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Kancherla's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sinusitis, Asthma, Hay Fever

Dr. Sumit Bhutani, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
9301 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Sumit Bhutani is an allergist/immunologist in Houston, TX, Huntsville, TX, and Kingwood, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, and angioedema. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Dr. Bhutani is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhutani has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Angioedema, Hay Fever, Asthma

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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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