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 is a pediatric pulmonologist in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. In his practice, Dr. Kinane focuses on asthma, sleep apnea, and interstitial lung disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Kinane takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Kinane welcomes new patients. He graduated from the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science and then he 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.

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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 is a pediatric pulmonology and allergy & immunology specialist. Dr. Boyce's clinical interests encompass asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He is open to new patients. Dr. Boyce graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His training includes a residency program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Mass. Gen Hospital Pediatric House Staff AW.; and Outstanding Teaching 1997: Glaxo Welcome Clinical. Dr. Boyce is conversant in Spanish.

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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 specialist in pediatric pulmonology. He works in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. He has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and asthma. Dr. Hug is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Hug's residency was performed at Children's Hospital Boston. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Children's Hospital Boston. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Foundation Medical Partners. He studied medicine at Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gaissert takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert has an open panel.

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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 practices thoracic surgery. He speaks Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Lanuti's professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lanuti attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Lanuti accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic; Thoracic Surgery; and Boston Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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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 works as a general surgeon and chest surgeon. Dr. Wright graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wright include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung cancer. Dr. Wright takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic 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)

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

Dr. Steven Matloff practices adult allergy & immunology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Matloff include asthma, food allergy, and rhinitis. He is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Matloff is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Matloff (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and Chinese.

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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 works as an internist in Watertown, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Galgano include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Galgano takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center for residency. Dr. Galgano offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Mount Auburn Hospital. He is open to new 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 is a pediatrician in Wellesley Hills, MA and Boston, MA. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Monica include asthma. He takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Dr. Monica is conversant in 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

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

Dr. Aidan Long is an allergist/immunologist. In addition to English, Dr. Long (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His clinical interests include immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. Dr. Long's professional affiliations include Allergy Associates and Massachusetts General Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University College Cork, College of Medicine and Health and residency at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. Dr. Long honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Julie Stepanian specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Somerville, MA and Watertown, MA. Her clinical interests encompass adolescent issues and asthma. Dr. Stepanian is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston Children's Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Stepanian trained at Tufts Medical Center for her residency. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received distinctions including Dean'S Award For Service - Chicago and Medical School. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Alternative Medicine, Asthma

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
Bigelow 804
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Gregory Lewis is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart failure, exercise physiology, and pulmonary hypertension. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Union Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Lewis takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lewis's practice is open to new patients. 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 he has received include MGH Hassenfeld Scholar; Alpha Omega Alpha Society Member; and Doran A. Stevens Prize. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Exercise Physiology, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure

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

Dr. Ellen Dutta practices adult allergy & immunology in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Dutta include immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Dutta 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. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Dutta is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Dorcas Chi is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Weymouth, MA, Boston, MA, and Brighton, MA. She is especially interested in lung cancer and breast cancer. Dr. Chi is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Abby Shevitz Young Physician Award. In addition to English, Dr. Chi speaks Mandarin. She is affiliated with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chi's office for an appointment.

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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's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. Dr. Wong honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Wong attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Wong has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese. His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Wong has an open panel.

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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 and practices in Boston, MA, Braintree, MA, and Newton, MA. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. These areas are among Dr. Permaul's clinical interests: hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, and food allergy. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Permaul is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Food Allergy, Primary Immunodeficiency, 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.