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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. Dr. Wray has indicated that his clinical interests include intensive care. His professional affiliations include TriStar Centennial Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. After attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Wray has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more.

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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's areas of specialization are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He is especially interested in sleep study, intensive care, and sleep problems. Dr. John is affiliated with TriStar Centennial Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health. He graduated from Kilpauk Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Meharry Medical College. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans.

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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 physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, kidney problems, and liver disease. Dr. Zimmerman is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. He is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

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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 is an adult oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. Dr. Johnson's clinical interests encompass lung cancer. She honors Coventry, Viant, Aetna, and more. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Johnson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, and Saint Thomas Health.

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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 works as a general internist in Nashville, TN and Brentwood, TN. His areas of expertise include the following: menstrual disorders, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and depression. He is affiliated with TriStar Centennial Medical Center. Dr. Edwards graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Edwards trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Edwards is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Edwards takes MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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