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

Dr. Charles Fraser's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery and pediatric surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and Texas Medical Center (TMC). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Fraser attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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 Cardiothoracic Surgery
6621 Fannin Street; Mc 19345h
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lauren Kane is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kane include lung transplant and heart transplant. Dr. Kane accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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All Interests: Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant

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

Dr. Jeffrey Heinle is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Heinle has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Noon specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery and practices in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Noon include 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Noon 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 is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. His areas of expertise include lung transplant, heart transplant, and aortic stenosis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Adachi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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All Interests: Atrial Septal Defect, Aortic Stenosis, Lung Transplant, Aortic Disease, Surgical Repair, Heart ... (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 is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Scheinin is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Scheinin is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He 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 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 is a thoracic surgery specialist in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chan include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and lung cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chan attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Chan trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Chan is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He 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's specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Suarez include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 works as a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and thoracic surgeon in Houston, TX. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bruckner include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Dr. Bruckner accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Bruckner is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. George Mallory, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. These areas are among Dr. Mallory's clinical interests: lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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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. Dr. Park is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. She 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. Her education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Temple University Hospital. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. Dr. Park welcomes new patients.

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

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. Her areas of clinical interest consist of lung transplant and intensive care. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Gazzaneo completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She accepts United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Intensive Care, Lung Transplant

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

Dr. Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo practices pediatric pulmonology in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Melicoff-Portillo include lung transplant. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. For her professional training, Dr. Melicoff-Portillo completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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All Interests: 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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine, critical care (intensive care medicine), and adult pulmonology. He studied medicine at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. In his practice, Dr. Goodarzi focuses on lung transplant, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary fibrosis. 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 is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to 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 practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology in Houston, TX. Dr. Sinha's areas of expertise include the following: lung biopsy, 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 a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Westchester Medical Center's residency program. 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. 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 practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. These areas are among Dr. Kaleekal's clinical interests: lung transplant and bronchoscopy. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kaleekal accepts. Dr. Kaleekal's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, 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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