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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 works as an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. Dr. Ginns offers interpreting services for his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of lung transplant, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Ginns trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 is accepting new 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 specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Before performing his residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Harris attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His areas of expertise include asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Harris accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Teacher of the Year; and MICU Teaching Award. Dr. Harris is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 is a Boston, MA physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Brown graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at International. He has a special interest in shortness of breath (dyspnea), asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. His distinctions include: **Additional specialty and board certification and internal medicine**. Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks French and Yiddish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Brown is 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, 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 works in Boston, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kanarek include emphysema and lung cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kanarek studied medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr. Kanarek's medical residency was performed at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. He has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. He is in-network for Cigna, Aetna, Medicaid, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson's training includes a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Wilson's distinctions include: Amercian Thoracic Society Clinical Expert; Pulmonary and Critical Care Teaching Award; and America's Top Physicians. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gaissert 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 accepts. Dr. Gaissert attended Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gaissert has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) is conversant in German and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Foundation Medical Partners. Dr. Gaissert is accepting 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 is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, Coventry, and more. After attending Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. Dr. McFadden is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. She has a closed panel.

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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.