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Dr. Brian A Bruckner, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Bruckner is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bruckner include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Bruckner is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bruckner studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Alan Scheinin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1750
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Scott Scheinin sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Scheinin's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Scheinin's office for an appointment. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $12,065
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $3,317
Dr. Edward Y Chan, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Chan specializes in thoracic surgery and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Chan attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung biopsy, lung transplant, and lung cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Chan welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Transplant, Lung Tumor Resection, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Erik Eddie Suarez, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erik Suarez is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Suarez include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Dr. Suarez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Suarez is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Reginald Frank Munden, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
6565 Fannin Street; Suite M-204
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Reginald Munden practices diagnostic radiology. His clinical interests include lung transplant and chest pain. Dr. Munden is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Wake Forest Baptist Health. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Munden trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina.

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All Interests: Lung Problems, Lung Surgery, Cancer Screening, Chest Pain, Lung Transplant

Dr. Myung Hee Park, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Myung Park specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Park takes. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Temple University Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. Dr. Park is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Casar is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. His clinical interests include diabetes, lung biopsy, and lung transplant. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Casar accepts. He attended medical school at La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Hypertension, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas S Kaleekal, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6445 Main Street; Outpatient Center 26th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Kaleekal's areas of specialization are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He is especially interested in lung transplant and bronchoscopy. Dr. Kaleekal is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Kaleekal is a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Lung Transplant

Dr. Ahmad Goodarzi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6445 Main Street; Outpatient Center 26th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ahmad Goodarzi practices general internal medicine, critical care (intensive care medicine), and adult pulmonology. Dr. Goodarzi is especially interested in lung transplant, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary fibrosis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Goodarzi welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Laser Treatment, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Endoscopy, Lung Transplant

Dr. Neeraj Sinha, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6445 Main Street; Outpatient Center, 26th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Neeraj Sinha sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Sinha include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and bronchoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Sinha is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Lung Surgery, Asthma, Lung Transplant, Smoking Cessation

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What is a Lung Transplant?

Patients who have very severe lung disease may need a lung transplant. The diseased lung is entirely removed and replaced with a healthy lung, usually donated by a person who died. Either one or both lungs can be transplanted.

Contrary to popular belief, lung transplant is rarely used to treat lung cancer. It is a more common treatment for patients with other advanced lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lung transplant is a serious operation and is generally used as a last resort for patients who have only a short time to live without surgery.

During a transplant, an incision is made on the side of the chest (for a single lung) or in the middle (for both lungs). Patients may be hooked up to a heart-lung bypass machine, which will do the work of moving blood and oxygen through the body during the procedure. After the diseased lung is cut away from the main airway and blood vessels, the donor lung is stitched into place. Surgery may take as long as twelve hours, and a hospital stay of two to three weeks after surgery is not uncommon. For the first hours or day after surgery, patients use a ventilator, or a machine to help them breathe. Tubes will be inserted into the chest to help drain excess air and fluid. During recovery, physical therapy and breathing exercises are used to help the new lung work as well as possible.

Lung capacity is carefully monitored for several months after surgery. Patients who have had a transplant will also have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. These drugs stop the body’s immune system from attacking the new lung. The main risks after a transplant are infection and rejection (when the immune system attacks the ‘foreign’ lung). A healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a diet high in vegetables and lean protein, not smoking, and getting enough exercise, is important to keeping the lungs functioning as well as possible. With proper care, many patients can live ten or even twenty years after a lung transplant.

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