We found 8 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Aetna near Boston, MA.

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Mass General Pulmonary Associates; White 905
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Leo Ginns is an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ginns include lung transplant, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. On average, patients gave Dr. Ginns a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Senior Honors; Exemplifying Doctor-Patient Relations; and Fellow of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Ginns offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Ginns is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Emphysema

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
55 Fruit Street; Cox 2
Boston, MA
 

Dr. R. Harris is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Harris's areas of expertise include asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and interstitial lung disease. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Harris trained at Tufts Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Harris has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors and Teacher of the Year MICU Teaching Award. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Asthma, Acute Respiratory ... (Read more)

Dr. Khalid Hafez Ismail, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
800 Washington Street; Box 369, Biewend Building, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Khalid Ismail practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology in Burlington, MA and Boston, MA. Dr. Ismail attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, intensive care, and tuberculosis (TB). Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Humana are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ismail accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Ismail (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and Lowell General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Tuberculosis, Intensive Care, Sleep ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
15 Parkman Street; Wang 516
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Mojica is a specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. In his practice, Dr. Mojica focuses on intensive care and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Mojica takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Mojica attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. Dr. Mojica (or staff) is conversant in Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Intensive Care, Lung Problems

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
55 Fruit Street; Mass. General Hospital Pulmonary Unit
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Robert Brown is a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Brown is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Brown studied medicine at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Brown trained at International. He has received professional recognition including the following: **Additional specialty and board certification in internal medicine**. Dr. Brown (or staff) is conversant in French and Yiddish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Shortness of Breath, Asthma

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Ambulatory C Ctre; Room 536 Mass General Hosital
Boston, MA
 

Dr. David Kanarek is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. His areas of clinical interest consist of emphysema and lung cancer. Dr. Kanarek honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He completed his residency training at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Dr. Kanarek has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Emphysema

Dr. Henning A Gaissert, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Blk 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert is a thoracic surgery specialist. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) is conversant in German and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gaissert include esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. He is affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (Brighton, MA), and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gaissert studied medicine at Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaissert accepts. Dr. Gaissert has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown University; and Allen W. Locke M.D. Physician Award, Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Surgical Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Caroline Anne McFadden, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
40 Holland Street
Somerville, MA
 

Dr. Caroline McFadden specializes in adult allergy & immunology and practices in Quincy, MA, Somerville, MA, and Medford, MA. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. She accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, Coventry, and more. Dr. McFadden is professionally affiliated with Atrius Health. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Primary Care, Food Allergy, Anaphylaxis, Rhinitis, Asthma

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.
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