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We found 22 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Waltham, MA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Kinane works as a pediatric pulmonologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of asthma, sleep apnea, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Kinane is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science and performed his residency at The Hospital for Sick Children and Children's Medical Center Dallas. He has received distinctions including Donahue Award; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fellowship; and Pediatric Teaching Award. Dr. Kinane (or staff) speaks Telephone Interpretation, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Kinane's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, interstitial lung disease, lung problems

All Interests: Exercise Physiology, Interstitial Lung Disease, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Asthma

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Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Joshua Boyce specializes in pediatric pulmonology and allergy & immunology. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and then he performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Boyce's areas of expertise include asthma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Boyce's distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Mass. Gen Hospital Pediatric House Staff AW.; and Outstanding Teaching 1997: Glaxo Welcome Clinical. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Boyce has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Christopher Hug, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Christopher Hug is a pediatric pulmonologist. He is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Hug is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Hug attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Rett Syndrome, Cough, Pneumonia, Asthma

Dr. Henning Arthur Gaissert, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert works as a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Gaissert attended medical school at Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and French. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Foundation Medical Partners. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, lung cancer

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Surgical Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Lanuti, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Michael Lanuti is a thoracic surgeon. Dr. Lanuti has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and barrett's esophagus. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lanuti has received distinctions including Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic; Thoracic Surgery; and Boston Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung tumor

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Cameron Dorrans Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street; Suite 665 - Green
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Cameron Wright specializes in general surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wright include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung cancer. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Wright attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Wright's professional affiliations include Foundation Medical Partners, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Endarterectomy, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Lung Problems, Minimally Invasive Thoracic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 570
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Aidan Long is an allergist/immunologist in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. In addition to English, Dr. Long (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. He is affiliated with Allergy Associates and Massachusetts General Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University, Dr. Long attended the University College Cork, College of Medicine and Health for medical school. Dr. Long honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Long welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Hives, Nasal Polyps, Dermatitis, Angioedema, Cough, Asthma

Dr. Steven M Matloff, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
230 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA
 

Dr. Steven Matloff practices adult allergy & immunology. In his practice, Dr. Matloff focuses on asthma, food allergy, and rhinitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matloff honors. Before performing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Matloff attended Boston University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Matloff (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Matloff is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Food Allergy, Rhinitis, Asthma

Dr. Richard Charles Galgano, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Richard Galgano's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Galgano average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Mount Auburn Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Galgano performed his residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Dr. Galgano offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Overuse Injuries, Hypertension, Hay Fever, ... (Read more)

Dr. Taylor H Monica, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
230 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA
 

Dr. Taylor Monica's specialty is general pediatrics. His clinical interests encompass asthma. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Monica takes several insurance carriers, including Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Monica attended Tufts University School of Medicine. He speaks Sign Language. He is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston Children's Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Julie Lopes Stepanian, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Julie Stepanian is a pediatrician. In her practice, Dr. Stepanian focuses on adolescent issues and asthma. She is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston Children's Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Tufts Health Plan, and more. She has an open panel. Before performing her residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Stepanian attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Stepanian's distinctions include: Dean'S Award For Service - Chicago and Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Alternative Medicine, Asthma

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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 570
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Ellen Dutta's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Dutta's areas of expertise include the following: immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Dutta is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Hives, Nasal Polyps, Dermatitis, Angioedema, Cough, Asthma

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
Bigelow 804
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Gregory Lewis is an adult cardiology specialist in Boston, MA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart failure, exercise physiology, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Lewis accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Dr. Lewis has received professional recognition including the following: MGH Hassenfeld Scholar; Alpha Omega Alpha Society Member; and Doran A. Stevens Prize. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Union Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Exercise Physiology, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure

Dr. Johnson Tai Wong, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
One Washington Street
Wellesley, MA
 

Dr. Johnson Wong practices adult allergy & immunology in Boston, MA and Wellesley Hills, MA. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. Dr. Wong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Wong accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Wong speaks Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Hives, Dermatitis, Cough, Asthma

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Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Perdita Permaul specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Permaul's areas of expertise include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, and food allergy. She is professionally affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Permaul accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Food Allergy, Primary Immunodeficiency, Hay Fever, Asthma

Dr. Dorcas Doja Chi, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
736 Cambridge Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Dorcas Chi is a hematologist and adult oncologist. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. In her practice, she is particularly interested in lung cancer and breast cancer. Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chi accepts. Dr. Chi has received the following distinction: Abby Shevitz Young Physician Award. She is conversant in Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.