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About Dr. Peter L Whitesell
Dr. Peter L Whitesell, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Washington, DC, with another office in Potomac, MD. He has 31 years of experience. His specialties include Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Whitesell has received 1 award. He speaks English.
Dr. Peter L Whitesell has the following 3 specialties
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
- 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 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.
Dr. Peter L Whitesell has the following 8 expertise
- Chest Infection
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Angiographic Visualization
- Tuberculosis (TB)
Dr. Peter L Whitesell has 2 board certified specialties
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Dr. Peter L Whitesell is Board Certified in 2 specialties
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In an age where the practice of medicine can resemble an assembly line, Dr. Whitesell displays a rare concern for the person that he is treating. My wife suffers from a sleep disorder and has been frustrated by previous physicians who quickly recommended drugs or surgery. Dr. Whitesell's willingness to listen to her, and his conscientious follow up, have been exemplary.Highly recommended.
Dr. Whitesell and his staff are to be commended for their work. Some words that characterize Dr. W and staff include: Knowledge, expertise, positive interpersonal skills, and willingness to assist in any manner possible. I have been a patient of his (re: treatment of sleep apnes)for over 5 years highly recommend him.
On-Time Doctor Award (2014)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
31 Years Experience
Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1987
Mayo Clinic And Medical School
Dr. Peter L Whitesell accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry DE PPO
- Coventry Southern Health PPO
- First Health PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Options PPO
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