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Rare infectious diseases

Rodolfo Amaro-Galvez, MD Rodolfo Amaro-Galvez, MD

Specialties: Sleep Medicine / Pediatric Pulmonology (Lung Disease in Children) / Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis / Infectious Lung Diseases /

Board Certifications: Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology

Dr. Amaro specializes in pediatric pulmonology, the study and treatment of children’s lung diseases. He has two decades of experience treating children with cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, whooping cough, and other respiratory diseases. In addition, he is one of only a couple of board-certified specialists in pediatric sleep disorders in Northeast Texas.

Jeana L. Benwill, MD Jeana L. Benwill, MD

Specialties: Infectious Lung Diseases / Infectious Diseases /

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine

Dr. Benwill specializes in treating infections caused by mycobacteria, microscopic organisms in the soil that sometimes cause serious lung disease. She recently completed advanced training in infectious disease and has done fieldwork in Peru. Dr. Benwill is just one reason that UT Health Northeast is known nationwide for its expertise in mycobacterial illnesses.

David E. Griffith, MD

David E. Griffith, MDSpecialties: Pulmonology (Lung Disease) / Infectious Lung Diseases /

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine

HealthConnection Episodes: Latent Tuberculosis

Dr. Griffith has treated people with serious lung diseases for more than 30 years. He’s a nationally recognized expert in treating patients with nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) disease caused by soil and water microbes that get into the lungs. Dr. Griffith and his colleague Richard Wallace, MD, created the standard treatment for the most common NTM lung disease, Mycobacterium avium complex, or MAC.

Julie V. Philley, MD Julie V. Philley, MD

Specialties: Pulmonology (Lung Disease) / Infectious Lung Diseases /

HealthConnection Episodes: Pneumonia, Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Philley studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, National Jewish Health in Denver, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. While a resident at Johns Hopkins, she received its Award for Humanism and Professionalism. Dr. Philley specializes in caring for people with mycobacterial lung infections, a rare condition that is very hard to treat.

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ATE most commonly affects middle-aged (5-7year) male domestic variety cats. (male:female ratio 2:1 – 3:1). Most affected cats are spayed or neutered, however, analysis has not identified sterilization or lack thereof as a significant risk factor.1-2 The vast majority of cats with ATE have clinical evidence of underlying cardiac disease, however, neoplasia, aortic surgery, infectious disease, sepsis, and foreign body have all been associated with this condition. On rare occasion, a predisposing condition is not identified. ATE is seen in approximately 10-20% of cats with underlying cardiac diseases and is associated with concurrent evidence of congestive heart failure (CHF) in greater than 50% of cases

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