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We found 14 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Walnut Creek, CA.

Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, 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
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, 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
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, 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. Manisha Newaskar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Manisha Newaskar works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Fremont, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Newaskar include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Newaskar is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Newaskar graduated from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College. She completed her residency training at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital and Driscoll Children's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Newaskar (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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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
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, 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. Ngoc Phuong Ly, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ngoc Ly is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Ly speaks Vietnamese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. For her residency, Dr. Ly trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Ly takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ly welcomes 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. Elizabeth Rachel Morrison, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gibb is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She works in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gibb studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Gibb completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gibb's 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. Gwynne D Church, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Gwynne Church works as a pediatric pulmonologist in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. She has a special interest in sleep apnea and muscular dystrophy. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Church obtained her medical school training at Medical College of Wisconsin and 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 distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Church (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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's practice 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)

Dr. Kensho Iwanaga, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Kensho Iwanaga specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Iwanaga attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland for residency. He is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology, Flexible Laryngoscopy, Bronchoscopy, Pulmonary Function Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Jesse Blount, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Internal Medicine
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Robert Blount specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Oakland, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and San Francisco, CA. He is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is an in-network provider for Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Blount graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Blount trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Blount (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Swahili.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Dysplasia, Pulmonary Function Test, Asthma

Dr. Meghan McGarry, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Meghan McGarry is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. She is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. McGarry attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital for residency. She is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology, Flexible Laryngoscopy, Bronchoscopy, Pulmonary Function Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Kops, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Richard Kops is a Concord, CA physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Kops's areas of expertise include pulmonary hypertension. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kops speaks French. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. John Lindsay Hadley, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. John Hadley is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Dr. Hadley has a special interest in lung problems. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Hadley welcomes new patients. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asthma

Dr. Hiromi Carmen Takekuma, DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Hiromi Takekuma's specialty is adult pulmonology. She graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. In her practice, Dr. Takekuma focuses on lung problems. Dr. Takekuma accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Takekuma (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Japanese, and French. Her professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary 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.