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Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Kinane's medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. His areas of expertise include the following: asthma, sleep apnea, and interstitial lung disease. He is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Kinane takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Kinane attended the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science for medical school and subsequently trained at The Hospital for Sick Children and Children's Medical Center Dallas for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fellowship KO8 NIH Senior Fellow; The Cannon Society of Harvard Medical School Dean Federman Outstanding Educator Award; and Massachusetts General Hospital's Medical Student Teaching Award. Dr. Kinane (or staff) speaks Telephone Interpretation, Arabic, and Spanish.

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

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

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

Dr. Joshua Boyce is a pediatric pulmonologist and allergist/immunologist in Boston, MA, Newton, MA, and Chestnut Hill, MA. He is especially interested in asthma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Boyce takes. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a graduate of UMass Memorial Medical Center's residency program. He has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Mass. Gen Hospital Pediatric House Staff AW. Outstanding Teaching : Glaxo Welcome Clinical; and Scientist AW. (K08) 1995: Charles P. Hood Found. Dr. Boyce speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Asthma

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

Dr. Aidan Long sees patients in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. His medical specialty is allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Long include immunodeficiency, anaphylaxis, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). Dr. Long's professional affiliations include Allergy Associates and Massachusetts General Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Long is open to new patients. He attended the University College Cork, College of Medicine and Health and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Long (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Michael Lanuti practices thoracic surgery in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. His areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and barrett's esophagus. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lanuti accepts. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He has received the following distinctions: Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic Thoracic Surgery and Boston Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lanuti's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Lanuti has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung tumor

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

Dr. Henning A Gaissert, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert's specialty is thoracic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks German and French. In his practice, Dr. Gaissert focuses on esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He attended Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaissert takes. His distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown University; and Allen W. Locke M.D. Physician Award, Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is accepting 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)

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

Dr. Daniel Hamilos' specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Patient ratings for Dr. Hamilos average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hamilos's clinical interests include immunodeficiency, anaphylaxis, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Hamilos's distinctions include: Performance By A Junior Medical Student In Clinical Rotations; 1973-b.s. Degree Conferred With Highest Honors; and 1969-Edmund James Scholar, Univ Of Illinois. In addition to English, Dr. Hamilos (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Hamilos is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Morris Ling's area of specialization is adult allergy & immunology. His clinical interests include immunodeficiency, asthma, and angioedema. Dr. Ling is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has an open panel. Dr. Ling attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Maryland Distinguished Scholar; National Merit Scholar; and Provost's Undergraduate Research Award, Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hives, Food Allergy, Angioedema, Asthma

Dr. Sabina Sabharwal, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Sabina Sabharwal practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Sabharwal (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Her areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease. Her professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Floating Hospital for Children. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sabharwal has received the distinction of James MaGuigan Award in gastrointestinal physiology. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Dorcas Chi specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology and practices in Weymouth, MA and Brighton, MA. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Chi is especially interested in lung cancer and breast cancer. Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chi honors. She has received professional recognition including the following: Abby Shevitz Young Physician Award. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chi is professionally affiliated with South Shore Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

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

Dr. Johnson Wong sees patients in Boston, MA and Wellesley Hills, MA. His medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). These areas are among his clinical interests: immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. On average, patients gave Dr. Wong a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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 the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Wong is conversant in Chinese. His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Wong is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
Bigelow 804
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Gregory Lewis' medical specialty is adult cardiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart failure, exercise physiology, and pulmonary hypertension. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Lewis attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Lewis has received include Alpha Omega Alpha Society Member Doran A. Stevens Prize Received MD With Honor and Distinction In; American Heart Association Grand Challenge Award Winner; and MGH Hassenfeld Scholar. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Union Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Lewis is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Exercise Physiology, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure

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

Dr. Aleena Banerji works as an allergist and immunologist in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Dr. Banerji's clinical interests include immunodeficiency, anaphylaxis, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Banerji accepts. Dr. Banerji offers interpreting services for her patients. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Julie Stepanian practices general pediatrics in Somerville, MA and Watertown, MA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of adolescent issues and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Watertown, Boston Children's Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Stepanian's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Stepanian takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Dean'S Award For Service - Chicago Medical School. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Asthma

Dr. John J Lee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. John Lee is a pediatric allergist and immunologist. His areas of expertise include the following: anaphylaxis, immunotherapy, and drug allergy. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Anaphylaxis, Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunotherapy, Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Recurrent ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Matloff works as an allergist and immunologist. In addition to English, Dr. Matloff (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and Chinese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in asthma, food allergy, and rhinitis. Dr. Matloff's professional affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Atrius Health. Dr. Matloff's education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matloff takes. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Food Allergy, Rhinitis, Asthma

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
2014 Washington Street; 6 South
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Tepas' medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Before completing her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Tepas attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tepas include immunodeficiency, asthma, and atopic dermatitis. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Tepas has received include Aaaai/glaxo Smith Kline Respiratory Diseases Research Award; Arline and Pete Harman Pediatric Fellowship; and Society For Pediatric Research - Student Research Program. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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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.
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