We found 11 providers matching lung transplant and who accept Aetna EPO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Scott Scheinin is a heart surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Scheinin's clinical interests: lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. The average patient rating for Dr. Scheinin is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Scheinin attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $12,065
  • Medicare Cost: $3,317
Dr. Brian Allen Bruckner, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Bruckner works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Bruckner is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bruckner's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Erik Suarez is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: 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, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Suarez is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Edward Y Chan, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Chan works as a chest surgeon. Dr. Chan's areas of expertise include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Chan is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Reginald Munden works as a diagnostic radiologist. His areas of expertise include lung transplant and chest pain. Dr. Munden honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Munden attended medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Wake Forest Baptist Health.

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

Dr. Kiran Dev Nair, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kiran Nair's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He practices in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung transplant, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and sleep apnea. Dr. Nair is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nair trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Spirometry, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Myung Park's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; she sees patients in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Park include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Park is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Park's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Thomas Kaleekal is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung transplant and bronchoscopy. Dr. Kaleekal is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Lung Transplant

Dr. Gregorio Gregorio Casar, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Casar is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Casar include diabetes, lung biopsy, and lung transplant. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Casar takes. Dr. Casar graduated from La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Casar is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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

Dr. Neeraj Sinha is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung biopsy, lung transplant, and bronchoscopy. Dr. Sinha is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Sinha trained at Westchester Medical Center for his residency. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

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 works as a general internist, intensivist, and adult pulmonologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung transplant, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary fibrosis. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Goodarzi 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. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Goodarzi attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.

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

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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.