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

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

Dr. James Allan is a Boston, MA physician who specializes in thoracic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Allan include lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Allan accepts. Dr. Allan is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Allan include: National Merit Scholarship Winner; Harvard College Dean's List; and Grant Award Basic & Advamced Cardiac Life Support Provider..

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

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

Dr. Serguei Melnitchouk practices cardiac surgery and general surgery. Dr. Melnitchouk (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German, Russian, and Ukrainian. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Melnitchouk is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Heidelberg University and performed his residency at Columbia University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Melnitchouk is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Calderwood Distinguished; Scholar Award; and MGH Trustees. Dr. Melnitchouk is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Ashok Muniappan's specialty is thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Muniappan attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Mauricio Villavicencio-Theoduloz specializes in transplant surgery and cardiothoracic surgery and practices in Boston, MA. These areas are among his clinical interests: aortic valve surgery and transplant surgery procedures. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Villavicencio-Theoduloz takes. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile, Dr. Villavicencio-Theoduloz attended Pontifical Catholic University of Chile for medical school. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Villavicencio-Theoduloz's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Leo Ginns is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Boston, MA. He attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Ginns's areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. The average patient rating for Dr. Ginns is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ginns's distinctions include: Senior Honors; Exemplifying Doctor-Patient Relations; and Fellow of the American Cancer Society. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Ginns is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Joanne Shepard practices diagnostic radiology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shepard include lung transplant, lung cancer, and pulmonary embolism. Dr. Shepard takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Hartford Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Professor Radiology Harvard Med School Director, Thoracic Radiology Mgh; McGovern Award; and MGH for Clincial Excellence. She is professionally affiliated with Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shepard's office for an appointment.

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

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
55 Fruit Street; Pulmonary and Critical Care, Bul 148
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Benjamin Medoff's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Medoff graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has a special interest in lung transplant, intensive care, and asthma. 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 professional recognition including the following: Glaxo Wellcare Pulmonary Fellowship Award. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Medoff is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Intensive Care, Asthma

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

Dr. Paul Alfille specializes in anesthesiology and practices in Boston, MA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant and health informatics. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Alfille graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His medical residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Alfille is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Dr. Henry K Beecher Teaching Award-Dept of Anesthesia, Mass General Hospital and Dr Henry K Beecher Teaching Award-Dept. of Anesthesia, Mass General Hospital. Dr. Alfille has an open panel.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Health Informatics

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
55 Fruit Street; Bulfinch 148
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Walter O'Donnell works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Dr. O'Donnell honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He obtained his medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include MICU Teaching Award; George Thorn Award for Teaching; and Golden Apple Award for Teaching. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. O'Donnell is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Lung Problems

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

Dr. Gaston Cudemus Deseda's areas of specialization are cardiac anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine); he sees patients in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of Luis Razetti School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Cudemus Deseda completed a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung transplant, heart transplant, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cudemus Deseda takes. Dr. Cudemus Deseda has received the following distinction: Harry J. Lowe, MD. He is conversant in 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.

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