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We found 7 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Aetna near Boston, MA.

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Mass General Pulmonary Associates; White 905
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Leo Ginns is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in lung transplant, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Ginns is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ginns's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Ginns has received include Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude; Senior Honors, .; and Alpha Omega Alpha, Lamb Fellowship for best. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Emphysema

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
55 Fruit Street; Cox 2
Boston, MA
 

Dr. R. Harris is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Boston, MA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Harris include asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and interstitial lung disease. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. After attending the University of Massachusetts Medical School, he completed his residency training at Tufts Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Harris's distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Teacher of the Year; and MICU Teaching Award. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Asthma, Acute Respiratory ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
55 Fruit Street; Mass. General Hospital Pulmonary Unit
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Robert Brown's specialty is adult pulmonology. His areas of clinical interest consist of shortness of breath (dyspnea), asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Brown is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at International, Dr. Brown attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Brown has received distinctions including **Additional specialty and board certification and internal medicine**. In addition to English, Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks French and Yiddish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Shortness of Breath, Asthma

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Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Ambulatory C Ctre; Room 536 Mass General Hosital
Boston, MA
 

Dr. David Kanarek is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include emphysema and lung cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Kanarek is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He trained at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital for his residency. Dr. Kanarek has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kanarek welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Emphysema

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
725 Albany Street; Shapiro 9, Suite B
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Kevin Wilson's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Boston, MA and Westwood, MA. Dr. Wilson offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Boston Medical Center (BMC). After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wilson takes. He has received distinctions including Amercian Thoracic Society Clinical Expert; Pulmonary and Critical Care Teaching Award; and America's Top Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wilson's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Infections, Asthma, Interstitial Lung Disease

Dr. Henning Arthur Gaissert, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Blk 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert works as a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Gaissert attended medical school at Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and French. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Foundation Medical Partners. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Surgical Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Caroline Anne McFadden, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
40 Holland Street
Somerville, MA
 

Dr. Caroline McFadden specializes in adult allergy & immunology and practices in Somerville, MA, Medford, MA, and Watertown, MA. She attended Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Dr. McFadden is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Coventry. She is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Food Allergy, Rhinitis, Asthma

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.