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 specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Boston, MA. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ginns include lung transplant, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Ginns is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ginns honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Senior Honors; Exemplifying Doctor-Patient Relations; and Fellow of the American Cancer Society. 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 is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Boston, MA. These areas are among his clinical interests: asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and interstitial lung disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a graduate of Tufts Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Harris has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors and Teacher of the Year MICU Teaching Award. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He 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)

Dr. Khalid Hafez Ismail, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
800 Washington Street; Box 369, Biewend Building, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Khalid Ismail practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. These areas are among Dr. Ismail's clinical interests: lung cancer, intensive care, and tuberculosis (TB). He takes several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Humana. He attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ismail (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Winchester Hospital, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and Lowell General Hospital. Dr. Ismail welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Tuberculosis, Intensive Care, Sleep Apnea, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Kanarek is an adult pulmonology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: emphysema and lung cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Kanarek attended the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and then went on to complete his residency at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kanarek is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Emphysema

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

Dr. Robert Brown is a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in shortness of breath (dyspnea), asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Brown honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at International. He has received professional recognition including the following: **Additional specialty and board certification in internal medicine**. In addition to English, Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks French and Yiddish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Brown is professionally 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

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

Dr. Henning Gaissert works as a chest surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Gaissert is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gaissert's practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown University; and Allen W. Locke M.D. Physician Award, Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks German and French.

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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 practices adult allergy & immunology in Somerville, MA and Medford, MA. Dr. McFadden takes several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Coventry. She obtained her medical school training at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine and performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. She is affiliated with Atrius Health. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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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