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

Charles Jackson Wray MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
330 23rd Avenue North; Suite 500
Nashville, TN
(615) 342-5900; (615) 342-6010

Dr. Charles Wray is a pulmonologist in Smithville, TN, Manchester, TN, and Nashville, TN. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wray include intensive care. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Cigna, Humana, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wray accepts. Before performing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Wray attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include TriStar Centennial Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health.

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All Interests: Pulmonary Disease Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Bijoy E John MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology, Adult Critical Care
300 20th Avenue North; Suite 503
Nashville, TN
(615) 284-5098

Dr. Bijoy John specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. John is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. John's areas of expertise consist of sleep study, intensive care, and sleep problems. He takes Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, Cigna, and more. He studied medicine at Kilpauk Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Meharry Medical College. Dr. John's professional affiliations include TriStar Centennial Medical Center and Saint Thomas Health.

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All Interests: Pulmonary Disease Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep, Sleep Studies

Dr. Thomas F Zimmerman MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
3443 Dickerson Pike; Suite G-30
Nashville, TN
(615) 234-6390

Dr. Thomas Zimmerman is a Nashville, TN physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zimmerman include diabetes, kidney problems, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. Dr. Zimmerman is an in-network provider for Cigna, Humana, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Zimmerman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Arthritis or Rheumatism, Lung Disease, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Diabetes Care, Chronic Illness

Dr. Melissa Lynne Johnson MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Hematology (Blood Disorders)
250 25th Avenue N; Suite 100
Nashville, TN
(615) 320-5090

Dr. Melissa Johnson, who practices in Nashville, TN, is a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). She obtained her medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Her clinical interests encompass lung cancer. Dr. Johnson accepts Cigna, Aetna, and Humana, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, and Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC).

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All Interests: Lung Cancer

David Linwood Edwards MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
2400 Patterson Street; Suite 500
Nashville, TN
(615) 327-7400; (615) 320-4100

Dr. David Edwards is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Edwards's clinical interests include diabetes, menstrual disorders, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is in-network for Cigna, Humana, Aetna, and more. He is affiliated with TriStar Centennial Medical Center.

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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.