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Dr. George Barron Mallory Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Mallory specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Houston, TX. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for residency. These areas are among Dr. Mallory's clinical interests: lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Lung Transplant, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

Dr. Fadel Ernesto Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Fadel Ruiz practices pediatric pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ruiz include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Ruiz accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Ruiz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

Dr. Michelle Chrisco Chrisco, BS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street; 9th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michelle Mann is a pediatric pulmonology specialist. Dr. Mann is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mann takes.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Nidhy Paulose Varghese, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nidhy Varghese's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Varghese include cystic fibrosis (CF) and pulmonary hypertension. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Varghese (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Malayalam. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Jennifer Ann Rama, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Rama is a pediatric pulmonology specialist. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Rama attended St. George's, University of London for medical school. Dr. Rama's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Julie Pamela Katkin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Katkin is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. Katkin is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Katkin is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Siby Pothen Moonnumakal, BS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Greenway Plaza; Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Siby Moonnumakal's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Moonnumakal's areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Moonnumakal is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Shannon L French, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shannon French works as a pediatric endocrinologist. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. French's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. French accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Phoenix Children's Hospital for residency. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes

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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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