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; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy practices pediatric pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hardy include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Hardy studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Dr. Hardy's 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 following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hardy's practice 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. Dennis W Nielson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Nielson is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He works in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Nielson is accepting new patients. Dr. Nielson graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nielson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 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 is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, and San Rafael, CA. Dr. Zee is conversant in Cantonese. His areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Before performing his residency at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Zee attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zee accepts. Dr. Zee has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He welcomes 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; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Manisha Newaskar's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. She is a graduate of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Newaskar completed residency programs at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital and Driscoll Children's Hospital. Her areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Newaskar is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Newaskar (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Newaskar is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Elizabeth Rachel Morrison, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gibb practices pediatric pulmonology in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gibb trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Ngoc Phuong Ly, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ngoc Ly sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Ly honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Ly speaks Vietnamese. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She is accepting 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. Gwynne D Church, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Gwynne Church sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in sleep apnea and muscular dystrophy. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. 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. Dr. Church has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Church (or staff) speaks French and Italian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a pediatric pulmonologist in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. He is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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.

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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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. He honors Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Blount attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Blount (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Swahili. He is 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, Asthma

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

Dr. Meghan McGarry's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. She honors Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. McGarry graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. 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. He is especially interested in pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Kops takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Kops is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He 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 practices adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hadley include lung problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Hadley graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Dr. Hadley's 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 his 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

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

Dr. Hiromi Takekuma is a pulmonologist in Concord, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Takekuma include lung problems. Her professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Takekuma is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Takekuma attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Takekuma trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Takekuma (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Japanese, and French.

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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.