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We found 5 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept CIGNA Commercial HMO near San Rafael, CA.

Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
4000 Civic Center Drive; Suite 205
San Rafael, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. She is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Hardy is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Hardy attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then went on to complete 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 distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors.

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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
1300 S. Eliseo Drive; Suite 204
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Nielson's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Nielson is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Nielson's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Translational Research, Cystic Fibrosis

Dr. Eric D Zee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
4000 Civic Center Drive; Suite 205
San Rafael, CA
 

Dr. Eric Zee practices pediatric pulmonology. 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 accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Zee's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He speaks Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Edward W Fong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
4000 Civic Center Drive; Suite 205
San Rafael, CA
 

Dr. Edward Fong sees patients in Oakland, CA, Emeryville, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fong include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Fong is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Fong's residency was performed at Arizona Health Sciences Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma

Dr. Christopher Reid Brown, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
250 Bon Air Road
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Brown, who practices in San Francisco, CA and Greenbrae, CA, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include intensive care, lung problems, and telemedicine. Dr. Brown is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Brown has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, and Marin General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Intensive Care, Sleep Apnea, ... (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.