We found 6 providers with an interest in cystic fibrosis and who accept Aetna Affordable Health Choices near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Susanna Antonia McColley, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Susanna McColley is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. McColley completed her residency training at Baltimore City Hospitals. Her clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. She is conversant in French. Dr. McColley's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma, Chronic Cough

Dr. Luis E Torero, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Critical Care
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Sw
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Luis Torero is a pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric critical care specialist in Winfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Torero attended Cayetano Heredia University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. These areas are among his clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Torero (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Lauren Elizabeth Donovan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Sw
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lauren Camarda practices pediatric pulmonology in Northbrook, IL, Chicago, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. In her practice, Dr. Camarda focuses on lung problems. Dr. Camarda's professional affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Swedish Covenant Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Her education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Camarda honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Exercise Physiology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems

Dr. Mary A Nevin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; Box 43
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mary Nevin works as a pediatric pulmonologist. Her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Nevin honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Nevin is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Aspiration, Dysplasia, Medical ... (Read more)

Dr. Adrienne Prestridge Savant, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Adrienne Savant's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Savant include cystic fibrosis (CF). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Savant honors. She is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her residency training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Savant is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She has a closed panel.

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All Interests: Interstitial Lung Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Function Test

Dr. Youngran Chung, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Youngran Chung specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Heights, IL, Chicago, IL, and Winfield, IL. In addition to English, she speaks Korean. These areas are among her clinical interests: homeopathic treatment, medical hypnosis, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Chung's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Chung is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Homeopathic Treatment, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Complementary Medicine, Asthma, Acupuncture ... (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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