Dr. Howard Diener, MD

Pulmonary DiseaseMaleAge 66

Dr. Diener
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Suncoast Lung Center

3920 Bee Ridge Rd Bldg C Sarasota, FL 34233

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(941) 923-8353

Dr. Howard Diener, MD is a Pulmonologist in Sarasota, FL and has over 41 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Diener has more experience with Obstructive Lung Disease, Pulmonary Vascular Conditions, and Sleep Apnea than other specialists in his area. He graduated from George Washington University / School of Medicine And Health Sciences medical school in 1980. He is affiliated with medical facilities Doctors Hospital Of Sarasota and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Diener to book an appointment.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Diener

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Diener treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Diener treats other conditions, please contact the office at (941) 923-8353.

Obstructive Lung Disease

Obstructive lung disease specialists diagnose and treat conditions including COPD, emphysema, asthma and cystic fibrosis that cause blockages or narrowing in the airways of the lungs, making breathing difficult.Compare with other Obstructive Lung Disease specialists.

Dr. Diener is experienced in the area of Obstructive Lung Disease. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Asthma
Bronchiectasis
Emphysema
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High
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Very High
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Pulmonary Vascular Conditions

Pulmonary vascular specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the flow of blood between the heart and lungs, including pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary embolism.Compare with other Pulmonary Vascular Conditions specialists.

Dr. Diener is experienced in the area of Pulmonary Vascular Conditions. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Pulmonary Embolism
Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
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Sleep Apnea

Sleep-disordered breathing specialists diagnose and treat conditions, such as snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, in which breathing is interrupted during sleep, resulting in symptoms of fatigue, irritability and high blood pressure.Compare with other Sleep Apnea specialists.

Dr. Diener is experienced in the area of Sleep Apnea. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Sleep Apnea
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High
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Dr. Diener's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Arterial Blood Gas Test (ABG)
  • Asbestosis
  • Asthma
  • Breath Testing
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchoprovocation Test
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Central Line Insertion
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Emphysema
  • Empyema
  • Endotracheal Intubation
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Intubation
  • Low Blood Oxygen Level
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Nodule
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Metastatic Respiratory System Cancer
  • Mycobacterial Lung Infection
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumoconiosis and Pneumonopathy
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonitis (Due to Solids or Liquids)
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Pulmonary Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Procedures
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Respiratory Management
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Study
  • Smoking Cessation Counseling
  • Swine Flu
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Wheezing

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Dr. Diener's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Diener

4.8

Based on 150 ratings

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What went well
  • Explained conditions well (135)
  • Listened & answered questions (135)
  • Staff friendliness (134)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (9)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (9)
  • Appointment was rushed (8)
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I felt very confident in Dr. Diener immediately. As a chronic smoker, my wife urged me to get my lungs checked out. I saw excellent reviews and made an appointment. His office is conveniently located. Dr. Diener has a very calm and reassuring demeanor that made me feel at ease. He recommended a CT Scan as a precaution and to establish a baseline since I had a tiny nodule in one of my lungs. I feel lucky to have found him and will see him annually. You can tell that he is a very kind and compassionate human being and that means a lot.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
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  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Jul 14, 2021
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Dr. Diener brought comfort and peace of mind for senior mother recently exposed to mold and was able to translate multiple previous CT scans, etc., from other medical providers. Pre-appointment professional office manager Rhonda understood our concerns and offered a comprehensive review of recent medical history which Dr. Diener was able to review with us via tele-appointment. Post-appt medical asst Lori followed up for review of aorta, thyroid and coratid ultra sounds, also by other medical providers, to monitor and compare to any future testing. Suncoast Lung Center was first-class in every aspect of care. Thank You!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
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  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Joe Dallape – May 30, 2021
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Dr Diener was well prepared for my visit with him. He had reviewed my files thoroughly. He listened intently to me and did not rush the appointment. This is so refreshing from a doctor. I wish he could be my PCP!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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May 27, 2021
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Dr. Diener and his staff of Lori and Rhonda were outstanding before, during and after my initial visit. They are a pleasure to work with during my medical condition. I highly recommend them to friends and family. Thank all of you towards easing my anxiety during these trying times.
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Susan Briandi – Apr 07, 2021
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Dr. Diener is attentive, patient, and is excellent at problem solving. Before our appointment he reviewed my file so he was up to date when he met with me!! YAY!! His staff is just wonderful! The Doctor's assistant remembered to call me and remind me to have a "check-in" after 18 months.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Jan Noll – Apr 01, 2021
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Dr. Diener really listened to me and asked excellent questions to determine the cause of an ongoing breathing problem. I would highly recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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DD – Mar 22, 2021
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Dr. Diemer listened to my concerns, was familiar with my condition and offered very helpful suggestions. Highly recommend.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Linda M. – Mar 02, 2021
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Although s telephone consultation, Dr Deiner was patient, thorough, conservative in his approach and competent. And his office followed up with me the next day to make sure all my questions were answered.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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A R Whaley – Feb 10, 2021
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The pulmonologist I was seeing didn't really seem to care one way or the other. Kept insisting I take meds for coughing and shortness of breath when I had none of those issues. Had to beg for sputum test. He brushed off results but Mayo and other reputable med sources gave serious warnings about treatments needed. A doctor I trust recommended Dr. Denier. His concern is apparent. He listens, offers suggestions, and solutions. Based on my experience, I highly recommend Dr. Denier.
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LA Reid – Aug 24, 2020
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Very impressed with he Dr. Diener. Has a good personality, a good listener, and takes your concern very seriously. He is very available to talk to with any new issues I have. His office staff is knowledgeable and friendly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dave Osgood – May 28, 2020
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fantastic, most impressed with the doctor and his entire staff !
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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rr alger – Mar 30, 2020
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Dr. Diener was the catalyst in ending my smoking cigerettes. I just celebrated 10 years of being smoke free; I and my lungs are happy! He has a calm demeanor, is always on time and you never feel rushed. I was seated in the reception area and I hard a patient saying as she left "He is such a good Doctor!". I think that says it all!
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Millie Headdy – Feb 04, 2020
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MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN FOUND SOME STRANGE SPOTS ON MY LUNGS AND REFERRED ME TO DR. DIENER. I AM A SENIOR CITIZEN WHO HAS SEEN A LOT OF DOCTORS OVER THE YEARS, AND I MUST SAY THAT DR. DIENER IS ONE WHO IS EXCEPTIONAL IN TERMS OF PUNCTUALITY, LISTENING, EXPLAINING THINGS THOROUGHLY, BEING PATIENT AND CONSIDERATE. HE GAVE ME ALL THE TIME I NEEDED FOR QUESTIONS AND HIS APPOINTMENTS WERE SPACED IN SUCH A WAY THAT I DID NOT FEEL RUSHED. MOST IMPORTANT, HE PUT MY MIND AT EASE ABOUT A LOT OF INCOMPREHENSIBLE, MEDICAL JARGON THAT THE RADIOLOGIST CAME UP WITH. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM. HIS RECEPTIONIST WAS ALSO VERY POLITE AND NICE.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jan 18, 2020
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When I was diagnosed with IPF doctors gave me six months and strongly advices to get my affairs in order. I went to Dr Deiner and he had another plan. Dr Dr Deiner and his staff immediately send all my medical records to TGH Lung Transplant Clinic. He put me on pulmonary rehabilitation, and continued communications with transplant clinic. Soon I got an appointment at TGH for a evolution if I was a candidate. I was expected and received bi- lateral Lung Transplant weeks before my lungs were going to fail. The TGH transplant unit were GREAT. It’s being 3 years and I’m fortunate and blessed to still be around to my family and friends. Lot of people had a hand on my success but it all started with Dr Deiner and his staff.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Steven Alexandrou in Riverview , FL – Nov 24, 2019
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Outstanding from start to finish, with excellent support staff. Dr Diener is highly knowledgeable and professional. He is an outstanding listener and communicator. He inspires great confidence.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Caryn Fakvey – Nov 20, 2019
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I was referred to Dr. Diener by my cardiologist and am extremely happy I was given this recommendation. I found Dr. Diener to be most personable and thoughtful, an excellent listener, and very thorough in his examination and questioning. Rhonda in the office and Laurie, Dr. Diener's medical assistant, are both cheerful and efficient. Excellent first impressions all around!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Barry Clarke – Oct 09, 2019
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Dr Diener is a seasoned professional who is current with the latest advances in pulmonology. He is extremely easy to talk with and he patiently listens to the patients descriptions of their symptoms. Excellent office staff. Many thanks to Dr. Diener.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Rod Quinn – Sep 27, 2019
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I highly recommend Dr. Diener to persons with pulmonary problems. He was very thorough, knowledgeable, and approachable. I felt that Dr. Diener listened to my concerns and followed-up with appropriate tests and treatment. I also found the office staff to be very professional, courteous and welcoming.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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L. Hansen – Sep 25, 2019
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Dr. Diener is an extremely competent, professional and personable pulmonologist that I highly recommend. His office staff are equally professional.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Philip Glotzer – Aug 20, 2019
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On time, great demeanor, calming but straightforward. Very knowledgeable Office stall efficient and very pleasant. Great experience.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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B. Brown – Aug 16, 2019
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I approach the doctor-patient relationship as a teacher - student model. I believe my role is to provide medical information and recommendations as to...Read more

Biography

Dr. Diener is originally from the Washington DC area where he attended the George Washington University undergraduate and graduate programs to obtain his...Read more

Specialties

  • Pulmonary Disease

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Education

1985
George Washington University Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1983
Cleveland Clinic
Residency Hospital
1981
Cleveland Clinic
Internship Hospital
1980
George Washington University / School of Medicine And Health Sciences
Medical School
1976
George Washington University
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Howard Diener, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Diener has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Howard Diener, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Howard Diener, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Diener frequently treats Obstructive Lung Disease, Pulmonary Vascular Conditions, and Sleep Apnea. See all practice areas where Dr. Diener specializes.

Where is Dr. Howard Diener, MD's office located?

Dr. Diener's office is located at 3920 Bee Ridge Rd Bldg C, Sarasota, FL 34233. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Howard Diener, MD speak?

Dr. Diener speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Suncoast Lung Center

Suncoast Lung Center3920 Bee Ridge Rd Bldg C Sarasota, FL 34233
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Practice

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System1700 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239
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Carolina Lung and Sleep At Pardee705 6th Ave W Ste A Hendersonville, NC 28739
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Doctors Hospital of Sarasota5731 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34233
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Diener is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Doctors Hospital Of Sarasota

Sarasota, FL

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota, FL

78% Patient Experience Rating, 9% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received