We found 6 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Aetna Affordable Health Choices near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Susanna Antonia McColley, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Susanna McColley sees patients in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Westchester, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. McColley's areas of expertise consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Before performing her residency at Baltimore City Hospitals, Dr. McColley attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. McColley is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma, Chronic Cough

Dr. Luis E Torero, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Critical Care
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Sw
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Luis Torero's areas of specialization are pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care; he sees patients in Winfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Torero (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Torero include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Torero is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Torero attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Torero accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Lauren Elizabeth Donovan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Sw
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lauren Camarda's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. She has a special interest in lung problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Swedish Covenant Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Camarda is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Camarda graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Camarda trained at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

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All Interests: Exercise Physiology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems

Dr. Mary A Nevin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; Box 43
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mary Nevin practices pediatric pulmonology in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. She has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Nevin performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Nevin is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Aspiration, Dysplasia, Medical ... (Read more)

Dr. Adrienne Prestridge Savant, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Adrienne Savant's medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Savant's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. She is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's residency program. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Interstitial Lung Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Function Test

Dr. Youngran Chung, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Youngran Chung's medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chung include homeopathic treatment, medical hypnosis, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Chung is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Chung's training includes residency programs at Michael Reese Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. She is conversant in Korean. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Homeopathic Treatment, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Cough, Complementary Medicine, Asthma, ... (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.
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