We found 13 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; #100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lung problems. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). 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 takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hardy 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. Eric D Zee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
106 La Casa Viaduct; #100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Eric Zee is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He speaks Cantonese. In his practice, Dr. Zee focuses on cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Zee's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he completed his residency training at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Zee has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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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; #100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Manisha Newaskar practices pediatric pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Newaskar include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital and Driscoll Children's Hospital, Dr. Newaskar attended Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College for medical school. Dr. Newaskar (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Ngoc Phuong Ly, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ngoc Ly's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Ly takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Ly has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese.

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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
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Nielson specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Nielson graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Nielson 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
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gibb is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Gibb's professional 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
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Gwynne Church's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Before performing her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Church attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Church include sleep apnea and muscular dystrophy. Dr. Church takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Church has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Church (or staff) speaks French and Italian. Her 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: 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 practices pediatric pulmonology. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, Dr. Iwanaga attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Iwanaga is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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, who practices in Oakland, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and San Francisco, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He accepts Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Blount is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Blount (or staff) speaks Spanish and Swahili. He is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

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

Dr. Meghan McGarry's medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. McGarry accepts the following insurance: Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital for residency. She is 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. Richard Kops, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Richard Kops is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He works in Concord, CA. Dr. Kops's clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he speaks French. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Kops's 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 an adult pulmonology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hadley include lung problems. He is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hadley obtained his medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Dr. Hadley is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Takekuma (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Japanese, and French. In her practice, Dr. Takekuma focuses on lung problems. She is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Her education and training includes medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Takekuma is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She welcomes new patients.

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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.
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