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 sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Emeryville, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Her clinical interests include lung problems. Dr. Hardy takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hardy is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is accepting 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. Ngoc Phuong Ly, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Ngoc Ly specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Ly has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ly speaks Vietnamese. Her professional affiliations include 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: Bronchoscopy, Allergies, Education, Cystic Fibrosis, Respiratory Infection, Cytokine Therapy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eric Zee sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA, Oakland, CA, and San Francisco, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. His clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Zee is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Zee obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and 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. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

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. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Utah School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Nielson speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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 sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gibb honors. Dr. Gibb attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She has an open panel.

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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 is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin 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). Her areas of expertise include sleep apnea and muscular dystrophy. Dr. Church accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Church (or staff) speaks French and Italian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Church welcomes 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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