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About Dr. Charles W Atwood Jr
Dr. Charles W Atwood Jr, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Pittsburgh, PA. He has 30 years of experience. His specialties include Sleep Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Atwood is affiliated with VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System University Drive Campus. Dr. Atwood has received 1 award. He speaks English.
Dr. Charles W Atwood Jr has the following 2 specialties
- Sleep Medicine
A sleep medicine specialist is specially trained in diagnosing and treating disorders involving sleep.
Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and insomnia are very common and can often cause other serious health issues, such as depression, asthma, and migraines. Sleep medicine specialists often work in sleep centers where they observe a patient while sleeping and monitor brain waves, behavior, and vital signs in order to identify the causes of sleep disturbance, or an inability to sleep (insomnia).
Sleep medicine specialists treat patients through advising on sleep hygiene, providing cognitive behavioral therapy, using light therapy, or medical sleep aides.
- Pulmonary Disease
A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the lungs and respiratory tract.
These specialists are similar to critical care specialists in that their patients often require mechanical ventilation to assist their breathing.
Pulmonologists diagnose and treat patients with conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, COPD, and emphysema. Exposure and inhalation of certain toxic substances may also warrant the services of a pulmonologist.
Some of the tools and tests pulmonologists use to diagnose a patient are a stethoscope in order to listen for abnormal breathing sounds, chest X-rays, CT scans, blood tests, bronchoscopy, and polysomnography.
- Sleep Apnea (Sleep Apnea Syndromes)
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I saw Dr. Atwood to get a sleep study set up for sleep apnea. I instead met with a Fellow for about 10 minutes and Dr. Atwood came in fora bout 5 minutes. I was billed not only for a "long appointment" for $165 but I also was charged an additional fee of almost $100 for "using the facility." Holy Cow. Dr. Atwood seemed pretty disinterested in my sleeping problems and complaints of fatigue but he was in my network of Insurance providers, so I needed to use him. When I arrived for my 2nd sleep study to wear the CPAP equipment I was told that there were no orders for it even though his office called me and told me to set up this overnight appt. They said Dr. Atwood originally ordered the CPAP study but then ordered another Diagnostic study. Hmmmm. Not fun showing up at 9 pm for an overnight sleep study and be told on the spot it was pulled. I urged the tech to look deeper and she did indeed find the CPAP overnight sleep study orders, so we went with that. I cannot recommend him to others looking for a personable and caring provider.
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Dr. Atwood is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
30 Years Experience
University Of Alabama School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1988
University Of Alabama Hospital
Dr. Charles W Atwood Jr accepts the following insurance providers.
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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Locations & DirectionsUpmc Montefiore, 3459 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
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