We found 6 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept AARP near Oakland, CA.

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Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy practices pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Hardy has a special interest in lung problems. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Hardy is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She trained at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Bronchoscopy, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ngoc Phuong Ly, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Ngoc Ly is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Ly takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Ly attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ly is conversant in Vietnamese. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Allergies, Education, Interstitial Lung Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Respiratory ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric D Zee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Eric Zee specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Walnut Creek, CA, Oakland, CA, and San Francisco, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zee honors. Dr. Zee graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Zee speaks Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Dennis W Nielson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Nielson specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Pleasanton, CA. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nielson's office for an appointment. Dr. Nielson attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Translational Research, Cystic Fibrosis

Dr. Elizabeth Rachel Morrison, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gibb is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gibb takes. Dr. Gibb has an open panel. Dr. Gibb is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for her residency.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Interstitial Lung Disease, Translational Research, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Gwynne D Church, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Gwynne Church is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include sleep apnea and muscular dystrophy. Dr. Church is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Her residency was performed at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Church (or staff) is conversant in French and Italian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Spine Problems, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Asthma, Insomnia, ... (Read more)

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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes unusually thick mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs. This makes it difficult to breathe. Bacteria can grow in the mucus and people with cystic fibrosis are prone to lung infections. When mucus collects in the pancreas, people with cystic fibrosis aren’t able to produce the enzymes needed to digest food properly, and can be prone to malnutrition or diabetes. The median age of survival for someone with cystic fibrosis is only 37, but people are surviving longer than ever before thanks to medical advances; it is not unheard of for people with cystic fibrosis to live into their 40’s or even older.

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis most commonly begin in childhood, although in milder cases the symptoms may not appear until teenage years or even adulthood. Symptoms can include salty skin, a persistent cough, repeated lung infections, wheezing and shortness of breath, failure to thrive and poor weight gain despite eating adequate amounts, and unusual bowel movements.

Treatment for most cystic fibrosis patients involves procedures known as airway clearance techniques. These are changes in position or methods of tapping or pounding that shake mucus loose from the lungs and allow it to be coughed out. Inhalers are also commonly used to apply medication to thin out the mucus in the lungs. Antibiotics can be taken orally, by inhaler, or through an IV to combat infections. Nutritional support is extremely important with cystic fibrosis because digestion is impaired and diabetes is such a common complication. Many patients take pancreatic enzymes to support their digestion. Finally, for a certain type of cystic fibrosis, there is a new medication called Kalydeco that works to help the defective protein in the body work better and clear mucus from the body.
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