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We found 10 providers with an interest in lung transplant and who accept Railroad Medicare near Boston, MA.

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Blake 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Allan works as a chest surgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Allan's clinical interests include lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Allan's medical residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Allan include: National Merit Scholarship Winner.; Harvard College Scholarship for Academic; and Harvard College Dean's List.. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Serguei Melnitchouk sees patients in Boston, MA. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery and general surgery. His areas of expertise include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Melnitchouk attended Heidelberg University and then went on to complete his residency at Columbia University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received the distinction of Calderwood Distinguished Scholar Award. Dr. Melnitchouk (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German, Russian, and Ukrainian. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Melnitchouk welcomes 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 Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit St Blake 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Ashok Muniappan is a chest surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). His professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Muniappan is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Muniappan honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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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 Transplant Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Cox 642
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Mauricio Villavicencio-Theoduloz is a transplant surgery and cardiothoracic surgery specialist. He is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and ventricular assist device (VAD). Dr. Villavicencio-Theoduloz is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Villavicencio-Theoduloz graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile for residency. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Endarterectomy, Aortic Valve Surgery, Lung Transplant, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Lung ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joanne Shepard's specialty is diagnostic radiology. She has a special interest in lung transplant, lung cancer, and pulmonary embolism. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shepard takes. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed 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. Dr. Shepard's professional affiliations include Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Dr. Shepard 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 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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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 is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Medoff completed a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Medoff include lung transplant, intensive care, and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Medoff has received the distinction of Glaxo Wellcare Pulmonary Fellowship Award. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Unfortunately, Dr. Medoff 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's area of specialization is anesthesiology. His areas of expertise consist of lung transplant and health informatics. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Alfille attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his 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 Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
55 Fruit Street; Bulfinch 148
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Walter O'Donnell, who practices in Boston, MA, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. O'Donnell is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: George Thorn Award for Teaching, .; Golden Apple Award for Teaching, .; and Claude Joyner Award for Teaching, .. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. O'Donnell is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Lung Problems

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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 is a cardiac anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist. His clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Cudemus Deseda attended Luis Razetti School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cudemus Deseda's office for an appointment.

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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.