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, who practices in Boston, MA, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Ginns has a special interest in lung transplant, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Ginns average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ginns honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ginns include: Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude; Senior Honors, .; and Alpha Omega Alpha, Lamb Fellowship for best. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

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

Dr. R. Harris works as an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Boston, MA. His areas of expertise consist of asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and interstitial lung disease. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Harris's education and training includes medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and residency at Tufts Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Teacher of the Year; and MICU Teaching Award. Dr. Harris's practice is open to 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)

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

Dr. Robert Brown's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. He attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at International. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brown include shortness of breath (dyspnea), asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brown has received the following distinctions: **Additional specialty and board certification and internal medicine**. Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks French and Yiddish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. David Kanarek's specialty is adult pulmonology. In Dr. Kanarek's practice, he is particularly interested in emphysema and lung cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and then he performed his residency at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Dr. Kanarek has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Emphysema

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

Dr. Kevin Wilson is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Wilson accepts Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Amercian Thoracic Society Clinical Expert; Pulmonary and Critical Care Teaching Award; and America's Top Physicians. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Wilson is professionally affiliated with Boston Medical Center (BMC). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, 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's medical specialty is general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Gaissert attended Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Gaissert's areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaissert takes. His distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks German and French. Dr. Gaissert's professional affiliations include Southern New Hampshire Health System, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Gaissert 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, who practices in Somerville, MA, Medford, MA, and Watertown, MA, is a medical specialist in adult allergy & immunology. She is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Dr. McFadden is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, 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.
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