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Dr. Charles Duncan Fraser Jr Jr., MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Fraser practices cardiac surgery and pediatric surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Fraser average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fraser honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. 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 Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fraser has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Heart Institute (THI).

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All Interests: Atrial Septal Defect, Aortic Stenosis, Lung Transplant, Aortic Disease, Surgical Repair, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Stephen Heinle, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Other
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Heinle is a cardiac surgery and pediatric surgery specialist in Houston, TX. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Heinle graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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All Interests: Atrial Septal Defect, Aortic Stenosis, Lung Transplant, Aortic Disease, Surgical Repair, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Lauren Christine Kane, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6621 Fannin Street; Mc 19345h
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lauren Kane is a physician who specializes in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic surgery. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Kane attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her areas of expertise consist of lung transplant and heart transplant. Dr. Kane takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Kane is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Heart Transplant

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. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Scheinin is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Scheinin has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Scheinin's practice is open to new patients.

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

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  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $12,065
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $3,317

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin, Fb Building; A979
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Noon is a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon in Houston, TX. Dr. Noon's areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and thyroid problems. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Texas Heart Institute (THI).

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Gallstones, Kidney Transplant, Aneurysm, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Iki Adachi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6621 Fannin; Mc 19345h
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Iki Adachi works as a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon and vascular surgeon in Houston, TX. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and aortic stenosis. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Adachi honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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All Interests: Aortic Disease, Surgical Repair, Atrial Septal Defect, Heart Transplant, Aortic Stenosis, Lung ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Brian Bruckner's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. He practices in Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bruckner include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bruckner 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. He is 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. Erik Eddie Suarez, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erik Suarez's specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He practices in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Suarez include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He 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. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Edward Chan, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. Dr. Chan's clinical interests include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and lung cancer. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chan honors. Dr. Chan is accepting new patients. He studied medicine 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.

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

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kiran Nair is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung transplant, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and sleep apnea. Dr. Nair accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Nair 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. George Barron Mallory Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Mallory's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Mallory graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has a special interest in lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

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

Dr. Myung Park's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Her areas of expertise include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Dr. Park's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Park takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6621 Fannin Street; Cc1040.00
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo works as a pediatric pulmonologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Melicoff-Portillo include lung transplant. Dr. Melicoff-Portillo is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She studied medicine at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. Dr. Melicoff-Portillo completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Melicoff-Portillo accepts.

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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 practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology in Houston, TX. He attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Kaleekal's areas of expertise include lung transplant and bronchoscopy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kaleekal's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Lung Transplant

Dr. Maria Carolina Gazzaneo, MD
Specializes in Pulmonology, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Critical Care
6701 Fannin Street; 9th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Maria Gazzaneo is a pulmonologist, anesthesiologist, and pediatric critical care specialist in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Dr. Gazzaneo is especially interested in lung transplant and intensive care. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. She honors United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, Humana HMO, and more. For her professional training, Dr. Gazzaneo completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Intensive Care, Lung Transplant

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

Dr. Neeraj Sinha's areas of specialization are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sinha include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and bronchoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Westchester Medical Center, Dr. Sinha attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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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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