We found 6 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept AARP near Oakland, CA.

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

Dr. Karen Hardy is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in Emeryville, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Oakland, CA. She has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Hardy is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. After attending the University of Toledo College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training 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.

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

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

Dr. Eric Zee's medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. He is conversant in Cantonese. Dr. Zee's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Zee has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Zee's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

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

Dr. Ngoc Ly works as a pediatric pulmonologist in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Ly honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. For her professional training, Dr. Ly completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Ly is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Ly has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

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

Dr. Dennis Nielson is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Nielson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. Dr. Nielson speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Translational Research, Cystic Fibrosis

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

Dr. Elizabeth Gibb is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Gibb's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Translational Research, Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gwynne Church, who practices in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. In her practice, Dr. Church focuses on sleep apnea and muscular dystrophy. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Church's medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Church (or staff) is conversant in French and Italian. Dr. Church is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

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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.
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