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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 specializes in cardiac surgery and pediatric surgery and practices in Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Fraser average 3.5 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Heart Institute (THI). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fraser has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery and pediatric surgery. Dr. Heinle is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kane include lung transplant and heart transplant. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kane graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For her residency, Dr. Kane trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Kane takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Heart Transplant

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

Dr. George Noon works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon in Houston, TX. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Noon trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Noon's clinical interests: lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and thyroid problems. Dr. Noon is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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. Scott Alan Scheinin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1750
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Scott Scheinin's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Scheinin's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Scheinin attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $12,065
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $3,317
Dr. Brian Allen Bruckner, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Bruckner is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Bruckner's clinical interests include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Bruckner has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He 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 has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Iki Adachi is a pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery specialist in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include lung transplant, heart transplant, and aortic stenosis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Adachi is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Erik Suarez is a heart surgeon and chest surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Suarez include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Dr. Suarez 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. Dr. Suarez graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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

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. George Barron Mallory Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Mallory's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mallory graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mallory honors.

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

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

Dr. Kiran Nair works as a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. His areas of expertise include lung transplant, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nair honors. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nair trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He 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 medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Park's areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. She 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 welcomes new patients. Dr. Park's education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Temple University Hospital.

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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 is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. She has a special interest in lung transplant. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Melicoff-Portillo accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She graduated from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Melicoff-Portillo completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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 is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Kaleekal's areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant and bronchoscopy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kaleekal has an open panel.

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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 specializes in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease), anesthesiology, and pediatric critical care. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gazzaneo include lung transplant and intensive care. Dr. Gazzaneo is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for her residency. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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All Interests: Intensive Care, 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 has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary fibrosis. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Goodarzi's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Laser Treatment, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Endoscopy, 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.

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