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 is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She works in Emeryville, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Oakland, CA. In Dr. Hardy's practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then 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 professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hardy welcomes 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 pediatric pulmonology specialist. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Nielson is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Nielson is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. His practice is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. His clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Zee takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Zee's office for an appointment. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Zee trained at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Zee has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Manisha Newaskar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Manisha Newaskar is a pediatric pulmonologist in Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Emeryville, CA. Dr. Newaskar (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Newaskar include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Newaskar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Her education and training includes medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and residency at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital and Driscoll Children's Hospital. Dr. Newaskar takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 works as a pediatric pulmonologist in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Ly is accepting new patients. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ly 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. Elizabeth Rachel Morrison, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gibb's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Gibb is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed her residency 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. She is open to new patients.

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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 is a pediatric pulmonologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea and muscular dystrophy. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Church is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. She attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Church has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Church (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Italian.

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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 specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He works in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Iwanaga accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. He 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. Robert Jesse Blount, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Internal Medicine
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Robert Blount's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. In addition to English, Dr. Blount (or staff) speaks Spanish and Swahili. Dr. Blount is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blount accepts.

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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 specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She works in Oakland, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and San Francisco, CA. She is professionally 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 an adult pulmonologist. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Clinical interests for Dr. Kops include pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Kops takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, Dr. Kops speaks French. His professional affiliations include 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 sees patients in Concord, CA. His medical specialty is adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include 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. Dr. Hadley's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hadley honors. Dr. Hadley 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, Asthma

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

Dr. Hiromi Takekuma is an adult pulmonologist in Concord, CA. She has a special interest in lung problems. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Takekuma completed her residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Takekuma (or staff) speaks Spanish, Japanese, and French. She is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She 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, 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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