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We found 8 providers with an interest in lung transplant and who accept Railroad Medicare near Boston, MA.

Dr. James Stuart Allan, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Blake 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Allan is a thoracic surgeon. His clinical interests include lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Allan attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Allan an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Allan accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: National Merit Scholarship Winner.; Harvard College Scholarship for Academic; and Harvard College Dean's List.. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Myasthenia Gravis, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit St Blake 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Ashok Muniappan is a thoracic surgery specialist in Boston, MA and Concord, MA. Dr. Muniappan's areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Lung Transplant, Acid Reflux, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Cox 630
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Serguei Melnitchouk is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and general surgery. Dr. Melnitchouk (or staff) speaks German, Russian, and Ukrainian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Melnitchouk include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He studied medicine at Heidelberg University. His training includes residency programs at Columbia University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Melnitchouk takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Melnitchouk has received professional recognition including the following: Calderwood Distinguished Scholar Award. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Mitral Valve Repair, Lung Transplant, Aortic Valve Repair, Aorta Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
55 Fruit Street; Fnd 2
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Joanne Shepard practices diagnostic radiology in Boston, MA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of lung transplant, lung cancer, and pulmonary embolism. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shepard is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Shepard completed residency programs at Hartford Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shepard include: Professor Radiology Harvard Med School; Director, Thoracic Radiology Mgh; and Associate Editor, New England Journal Of Medicine. She is affiliated with Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Dr. Shepard's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Imaging Procedures, Radiofrequency Ablation, Intensive Care, Lung Problems, Lung ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Leo Ginns' medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ginns is especially interested in lung transplant, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. 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. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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; Pulmonary and Critical Care, Bul 148
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Benjamin Medoff's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Medoff include lung transplant, intensive care, and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Medoff's education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Glaxo Wellcare Pulmonary Fellowship Award. Dr. Medoff is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Intensive Care, Asthma

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Specializes in Anesthesiology
55 Fruit Street; Jackson 464
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Paul Alfille practices anesthesiology in Boston, MA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant and health informatics. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alfille honors. Dr. Alfille's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Alfille has received include Dr. Henry K Beecher Teaching Award-Dept.; Anesthesia, Mass General Hospital.; and Dr Henry K Beecher Teaching Award-Dept. of Anesthesia, Mass General Hospital. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Health Informatics

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Specializes in Cardiac Anesthesiology, Critical Care
55 Fruit St Grb 444; Mgh Department of Anesthesia Critical Care
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Gaston Cudemus Deseda's medical specialty is cardiac anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). In his practice, Dr. Cudemus Deseda focuses on lung transplant, heart transplant, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cudemus Deseda accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cudemus Deseda is open to new patients. After attending Luis Razetti School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Heart Transplant

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What is a Lung Transplant?

Patients who have very severe lung disease may need a lung transplant. The diseased lung is entirely removed and replaced with a healthy lung, usually donated by a person who died. Either one or both lungs can be transplanted.

Contrary to popular belief, lung transplant is rarely used to treat lung cancer. It is a more common treatment for patients with other advanced lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lung transplant is a serious operation and is generally used as a last resort for patients who have only a short time to live without surgery.

During a transplant, an incision is made on the side of the chest (for a single lung) or in the middle (for both lungs). Patients may be hooked up to a heart-lung bypass machine, which will do the work of moving blood and oxygen through the body during the procedure. After the diseased lung is cut away from the main airway and blood vessels, the donor lung is stitched into place. Surgery may take as long as twelve hours, and a hospital stay of two to three weeks after surgery is not uncommon. For the first hours or day after surgery, patients use a ventilator, or a machine to help them breathe. Tubes will be inserted into the chest to help drain excess air and fluid. During recovery, physical therapy and breathing exercises are used to help the new lung work as well as possible.

Lung capacity is carefully monitored for several months after surgery. Patients who have had a transplant will also have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. These drugs stop the body’s immune system from attacking the new lung. The main risks after a transplant are infection and rejection (when the immune system attacks the ‘foreign’ lung). A healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a diet high in vegetables and lean protein, not smoking, and getting enough exercise, is important to keeping the lungs functioning as well as possible. With proper care, many patients can live ten or even twenty years after a lung transplant.