Dr. Howard Diener, MD

Pulmonary Disease •  Male • Age 65
  
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 40 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Diener has more experience with Obstructive Lung Disease, Sleep-disordered Breathing, and Interstitial Lung Disease 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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(941) 923-8353

Dr. Diener accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
BlueDental Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
Group Plan PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
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Tampa Bay CoreNet
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
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Practice Areas

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.

Typically treats 88% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener treats COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Diener treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Asthma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener treats Asthma more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Diener treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Pulmonary Function Test
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener performs Pulmonary Function Test more than 80% of their peers

Dr. Diener performs this procedure more than 80% of their peers

Sleep-disordered Breathing

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-disordered Breathing specialists.

Typically treats 98% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 1 condition or procedure

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Sleep Apnea
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener treats Sleep Apnea more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Diener treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease specialists diagnose and treat a range of conditions that cause scarring of lung tissue due to autoimmune disease or environment exposure to harmful materials.Compare with other Interstitial Lung Disease specialists.

Typically treats 86% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener treats COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Diener treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Bronchiectasis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener treats Bronchiectasis more than 94% of their peers

Dr. Diener treats this condition more than 94% of their peers

Bronchitis
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener treats Bronchitis more than 86% of their peers

Dr. Diener treats this condition more than 86% of their peers

Respiratory-tract Conditions

Immunologists diagnose and treat conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and COPD that affect the respiratory system, including the nasal passages, bronchi and lungs.Compare with other Respiratory-tract Conditions specialists.

Typically treats 66% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 7 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Asthma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener treats Asthma more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Diener treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Shortness of Breath
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener treats Shortness of Breath more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Diener treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Low Blood Oxygen Level
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Diener treats Low Blood Oxygen Level more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Diener treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

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Dr. Diener's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Advance Directive End of Life Planning
  • Arterial Blood Gas Test (ABG)
  • Asthma
  • Breath Testing
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchoprovocation Test
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchospasm
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Central Line Insertion
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Confusion
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Cough
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Emphysema
  • Endotracheal Intubation
  • Esophagitis
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Fungal Infections
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hepatitis A Screening
  • Hepatitis Screening
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Immunization Administration
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Intubation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Liver Function Test
  • Low Blood Oxygen Level
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pneumonia
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Prostatitis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Pulmonary Procedures
  • Rapid Flu Test
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Respiratory Management
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sepsis
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Smoking Cessation Counseling
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thyroid Screening
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Valley Fever
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Wheezing

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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.
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Dave Osgood – May 28, 2020
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fantastic, most impressed with the doctor and his entire staff !
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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B. Brown – Aug 16, 2019
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Very pleased and very professional. Excellent staff. Addressed my problem and was able to answer my questions.
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Aug 03, 2019
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As a first time patient, I couldn't be more pleased. Dr. Diener listened, took notes, asked questions and explained my situation in a most professional way. His office staff was every bit as professional. I am so impressed with his operation that I referred my husband to him
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Pat Beckwith – Jul 30, 2019
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I was very impressed with his thoroughness in taking my history and doing an exam. Very patient and explained things so that I understood them. I would highly recommend him.
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Jeannette – Jul 24, 2019
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If you like dealing with a gatekeeper more than a receptionist ? If you like getting the answer before asking the question ? If you like dealing with a bean counter more than a healthcare professional ? If you would rather be spoken to like and inanimate object rather than a fellow human ? If any of these sound all to familiar you probably don't want to use Dr. Diener or any of his unbievable staff.
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R.K. Bristow in Sarasota, FL – Jun 26, 2019
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Dr. Diener is brilliant! He’s knowledgeable, takes time to address your questions and concerns, he’s the best. My pre tests before seeing him, CT, pulmonary testing, etc. reaffirmed this for me. Every person that did my tests told me how lucky I was to be seen by him! He’s brilliant!!
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Katherine Lusk – Jun 22, 2019
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I recently had a new-patient appointment with Dr. Diener and I couldn't be more satisfied. He walked into the room and sat down and the first thing he said was "I'm not going to look at the computer, or tests right now, I want you to tell me about yourself and what brings you here." He listened to everything I had to say, never interrupted once, gave sound advice, and patiently answered all of my questions. As an Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse, I have worked with many doctors and providers. The way he did my assessment and how patient he was with listening to everything I had to say, I was blown away. My new patient appointment lasted nearly an hour long! I would recommend him to anyone seeking a pulmonologist. The receptionist at the front desk was the only other employee I spoke to and she was great too.
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Sean – Jun 22, 2019
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My visit was absolutely perfect. The office staff was very helpful in setting up appointments and in their attitude towards me as a new patient. I waited only a few minutes before Dr Diener saw me. Dr Diener went out of his way to get me an early appointment. He is everything that I could hope for in a physician...understanding, caring and compassionate. In short, my experience was perfect.
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May 25, 2019
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First time with Dr. Diener. It was perhaps the best intake ever. He listened carefully, took notes and asked numerous questions. We felt like we were his only patients for the day. His office staff are pleasant and efficient. While we were in the office it appeared that every appointment was seen on time.
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Apr 04, 2019
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Professional and personable. Good old fashioned, friendly practice. Highly recommend.
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Sarasota, FL – Mar 06, 2019
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About Me

I approach the doctor-patient relationship as a teacher - student model. I believe my role is to provide medical information and recommendations as to treatment/diagnostic options to my patients and act as a resource for medical decision making. My o...

Specialties

  • Pulmonary Disease

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease

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

Awards

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  • Does Dr. Diener offer telehealth services or virtual visits?

    Yes, 1 patient said they offer telehealth services or virtual visits

  • Does Dr. Diener offer an online patient portal?

    No users have indicated that Dr. Diener offers an online patient portal

  • Does Dr. Diener have free onsite parking?

    No users have indicated that Dr. Diener has free onsite parking

  • Does Dr. Diener offer weekend visits?

    No users have indicated that Dr. Diener offers weekend visits

  • Does Dr. Diener offer evening visits?

    No users have indicated that Dr. Diener offers evening visits

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Locations

Suncoast Lung Center

Suncoast Lung Center3920 Bee Ridge Rd Bldg C Sarasota, FL 34233
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Doctors Hospital Of Sarasota

Sarasota, FL

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota, FL

78% Patient experience rating, 9% higher than the national average