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We found 5 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept TriWest near Nashville, TN.

Dr. Charles Jackson Wray, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
330 23rd Avenue North; The Frist Clinic - 23rd Avenue
Nashville, TN

Dr. Charles Wray specializes in adult pulmonology. In his practice, Dr. Wray focuses on intensive care. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Centennial Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. Dr. Wray is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Wray completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Intensive Care, Lung Problems

Dr. Bijoy E John, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
300 20th Avenue North; Suite 503
Nashville, TN

Dr. Bijoy John is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. John graduated from Kilpauk Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Meharry Medical College. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep study, intensive care, and sleep problems. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Centennial Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health.

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All Interests: Sleep Problems, Intensive Care, Lung Problems, Sleep Study

Dr. Thomas F Zimmerman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3443 Dickerson Pike; Suite G-30
Nashville, TN

Dr. Thomas Zimmerman is a general internist in Nashville, TN. Clinical interests for Dr. Zimmerman include diabetes, kidney problems, and liver disease. Dr. Zimmerman is professionally affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Zimmerman attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Liver Disease, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Chronic Illness, Kidney Problems

Dr. Melissa Lynne Johnson, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
250 25th Avenue N; Suite 100
Nashville, TN

Dr. Melissa Johnson, who practices in Nashville, TN, is a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Johnson include lung cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, and Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC). She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Coventry, Viant, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnson honors.

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All Interests: Lung Cancer

Dr. David Linwood Edwards, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2400 Patterson Street; Suite 500
Nashville, TN

Dr. David Edwards is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, menstrual disorders, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Edwards is affiliated with TriStar Centennial Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Edwards studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for his residency.

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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.