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We found 7 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept AARP near Oakland, CA.

Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy sees patients in Emeryville, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Oakland, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Hardy's education and training includes medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Hardy has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Bronchoscopy, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Dennis W Nielson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Nielson's medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nielson honors. Dr. Nielson attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Translational Research, Cystic Fibrosis

Dr. Eric D Zee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Eric Zee specializes in pediatric pulmonology. His clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Zee is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he performed his residency at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Zee speaks Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Elizabeth Rachel Morrison, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gibb's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Gibb's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Translational Research, Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology, Flexible Laryngoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ngoc Phuong Ly, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Ngoc Ly is a pediatric pulmonologist. Dr. Ly is conversant in Vietnamese. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Ly attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ly is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Allergies, Education, Cystic Fibrosis, Respiratory Infection, Cytokine Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gwynne D Church, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Gwynne Church is a pediatric pulmonologist. In her practice, Dr. Church focuses on sleep apnea and muscular dystrophy. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, Dr. Church completed her residency training at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Church (or staff) speaks French and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Spine Problems, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Asthma, Insomnia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward W Fong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street; Suite 5409
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Edward Fong's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Fong graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. He is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Fong is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma

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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes unusually thick mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs. This makes it difficult to breathe. Bacteria can grow in the mucus and people with cystic fibrosis are prone to lung infections. When mucus collects in the pancreas, people with cystic fibrosis aren’t able to produce the enzymes needed to digest food properly, and can be prone to malnutrition or diabetes. The median age of survival for someone with cystic fibrosis is only 37, but people are surviving longer than ever before thanks to medical advances; it is not unheard of for people with cystic fibrosis to live into their 40’s or even older.

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis most commonly begin in childhood, although in milder cases the symptoms may not appear until teenage years or even adulthood. Symptoms can include salty skin, a persistent cough, repeated lung infections, wheezing and shortness of breath, failure to thrive and poor weight gain despite eating adequate amounts, and unusual bowel movements.

Treatment for most cystic fibrosis patients involves procedures known as airway clearance techniques. These are changes in position or methods of tapping or pounding that shake mucus loose from the lungs and allow it to be coughed out. Inhalers are also commonly used to apply medication to thin out the mucus in the lungs. Antibiotics can be taken orally, by inhaler, or through an IV to combat infections. Nutritional support is extremely important with cystic fibrosis because digestion is impaired and diabetes is such a common complication. Many patients take pancreatic enzymes to support their digestion. Finally, for a certain type of cystic fibrosis, there is a new medication called Kalydeco that works to help the defective protein in the body work better and clear mucus from the body.