We found 8 providers with an interest in lung transplant and who accept Railroad Medicare near Boston, MA.

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Dr. James Stuart Allan MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
average rating 3.83 stars (3 ratings)
55 Fruit Street; Blake 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Allan's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Allan include lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Allan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received the following distinctions: National Merit Scholarship Winner; Harvard College Dean's List; and Grant Award Basic & Advamced Cardiac Life Support Provider.. His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and NSMC Salem Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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, who practices in Boston, MA, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and general surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Melnitchouk takes. Dr. Melnitchouk studied medicine at Heidelberg University. His medical residency was performed at Columbia University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. His distinctions include: Calderwood Distinguished; Scholar Award; and MGH Trustees. Dr. Melnitchouk (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German, Russian, and Ukrainian. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
55 Fruit St Blake 1570
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Ashok Muniappan practices thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Dr. Muniappan is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes 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
average rating 4.45 stars (6 ratings)
Mass General Pulmonary Associates; White 905
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Leo Ginns specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Boston, MA. His areas of expertise consist of lung transplant, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. Patients rated Dr. Ginns highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ginns has received professional recognition including the following: Senior Honors; Exemplifying Doctor-Patient Relations; and Fellow of the American Cancer Society. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ginns's office for an appointment.

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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 is a medical specialist in diagnostic radiology. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Hartford Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her areas of clinical interest consist of lung transplant, lung cancer, and pulmonary embolism. Dr. Shepard takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Shepard's distinctions include: Professor Radiology Harvard Med School Director, Thoracic Radiology Mgh; McGovern Award; and MGH for Clincial Excellence. Her professional affiliations include Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Lung Radiofrequency Ablation, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Embolism

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

Dr. Benjamin Medoff works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of lung transplant, intensive care, and asthma. Dr. Medoff is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Medoff has received the following distinction: Glaxo Wellcare Pulmonary Fellowship Award. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. 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 in Boston, MA. Dr. Cudemus Deseda has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Luis Razetti School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Harry J. Lowe, MD. In addition to English, Dr. Cudemus Deseda speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cudemus Deseda welcomes new patients.

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

Specializes in Anesthesiology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
55 Fruit Street; Jackson 464
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Paul Alfille is a specialist in anesthesiology. He works in Boston, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Alfille include lung transplant and health informatics. Dr. Alfille is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Alfille attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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.

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All Interests: Lung Transplant, Health Informatics

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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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