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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Blake 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Allan is a chest surgeon. He has a special interest in lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Patient ratings for Dr. Allan average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Allan attended Harvard Medical School. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Allan has received include National Merit Scholarship Winner; Harvard College Dean's List; and Grant Award Basic & Advamced Cardiac Life Support Provider.. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and NSMC Salem Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Myasthenia Gravis, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Cox 630
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Serguei Melnitchouk practices cardiac surgery and general surgery in Boston, MA. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Melnitchouk accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Heidelberg University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Columbia University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Melnitchouk's distinctions include: Calderwood Distinguished; Scholar Award; and MGH Trustees. Dr. Melnitchouk (or staff) is conversant in German, Russian, and Ukrainian. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Mitral Valve Repair, Lung Transplant, Aortic Valve Repair, Aorta Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit St Blake 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Ashok Muniappan sees patients in Boston, MA and Concord, MA. His medical specialty is thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Muniappan's education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Muniappan is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Lung Transplant, Acid Reflux, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Diaphragmatic ... (Read more)

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

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
55 Fruit Street; Fnd 2
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Joanne Shepard works as a diagnostic radiologist. Her clinical interests include lung transplant, lung cancer, and pulmonary embolism. Dr. Shepard honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Hartford Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received the following distinctions: Professor Radiology Harvard Med School Director, Thoracic Radiology Mgh; McGovern Award; and MGH for Clincial Excellence. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Dr. Shepard has an open panel.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Lung Radiofrequency Ablation, Imaging Procedures, Intensive Care, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
55 Fruit Street; Pulmonary and Critical Care, Bul 148
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Benjamin Medoff's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He practices in Boston, MA. Dr. Medoff's education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Medoff focuses on lung transplant, intensive care, and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Medoff has received professional recognition including the following: Glaxo Wellcare Pulmonary Fellowship Award. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Unfortunately, Dr. Medoff is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Intensive Care, Asthma

Specializes in Cardiac Anesthesiology, Critical Care
55 Fruit St Grb 444; Mgh Department of Anesthesia Critical Care
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Gaston Cudemus Deseda is a cardiac anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist. He attended medical school at Luis Razetti School of Medicine. Dr. Cudemus Deseda trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for his residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Harry J. Lowe, MD. In addition to English, Dr. Cudemus Deseda speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Heart Transplant

Specializes in Anesthesiology
55 Fruit Street; Jackson 464
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Paul Alfille works as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Alfille has a special interest in lung transplant and health informatics. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Alfille is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has received distinctions including Dr. Henry K Beecher Teaching Award-Dept of Anesthesia, Mass General Hospital and Dr Henry K Beecher Teaching Award-Dept. of Anesthesia, Mass General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Health Informatics

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
55 Fruit Street; Bulfinch 148
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Walter O'Donnell's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He practices in Boston, MA. Dr. O'Donnell accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. O'Donnell include: MICU Teaching Award; George Thorn Award for Teaching; and Golden Apple Award for Teaching. Dr. O'Donnell is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Lung Problems

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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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