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's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Patient ratings for Dr. Allan average 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Allan takes. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Allan attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Allan include: National Merit Scholarship Winner.; Harvard College Scholarship for Academic; and Harvard College Dean's List.. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 in Boston, MA. Dr. Melnitchouk (or staff) speaks the following languages: German, Russian, and Ukrainian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Melnitchouk include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. After attending Heidelberg University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Columbia University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Melnitchouk has received the following distinction: Calderwood Distinguished Scholar Award. Dr. Melnitchouk's practice 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 practices thoracic surgery in Boston, MA and Concord, MA. His education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Muniappan include esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Dr. Muniappan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Muniappan has an open panel.

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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's specialties are transplant surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He studied medicine at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile. Dr. Villavicencio-Theoduloz has a special interest in lung transplant, heart transplant, and ventricular assist device (VAD). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Villavicencio-Theoduloz is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He 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 Diagnostic Radiology
55 Fruit Street; Fnd 2
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Joanne Shepard is a Boston, MA physician who specializes in diagnostic radiology. Her areas of expertise include lung transplant, lung cancer, and pulmonary embolism. Dr. Shepard is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Hartford Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received distinctions including Professor Radiology Harvard Med School; Director, Thoracic Radiology Mgh; and Associate Editor, New England Journal Of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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
Mass General Pulmonary Associates; White 905
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Leo Ginns, who practices in Boston, MA, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Ginns has a special interest in lung transplant, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Ginns average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ginns honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ginns include: Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude; Senior Honors, .; and Alpha Omega Alpha, Lamb Fellowship for best. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Benjamin Medoff is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Boston, MA. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Medoff's clinical interests include lung transplant, intensive care, and asthma. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Medoff trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received the distinction of Glaxo Wellcare Pulmonary Fellowship Award. 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 is an anesthesiologist. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Alfille attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alfille include lung transplant and health informatics. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Alfille has received distinctions including 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

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

Dr. Walter O'Donnell is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. O'Donnell accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. O'Donnell attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His distinctions include: George Thorn Award for Teaching, .; Golden Apple Award for Teaching, .; and Claude Joyner Award for Teaching, ..

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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 is a cardiac anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist. He attended medical school at Luis Razetti School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Cudemus Deseda's clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cudemus Deseda is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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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