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Dr. Charles D Fraser Jr Jr., MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Fraser specializes in cardiac surgery and pediatric surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fraser's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fraser has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Atrial Septal Defect, Aortic Stenosis, Lung Transplant, Aortic Disease, Surgical Repair, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Lauren Christine Thacker, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
6621 Fannin Street; Mc 19345h
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lauren Kane is a physician who specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kane include lung transplant and heart transplant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kane honors. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For her professional training, Dr. Kane completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Kane's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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All Interests: Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant

Dr. Jeffrey Stephen Heinle, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Heinle's areas of specialization are pediatric surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Heinle's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Atrial Septal Defect, Aortic Stenosis, Lung Transplant, Aortic Disease, Surgical Repair, Heart ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Noon is a specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. He works in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and thyroid problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Noon obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Noon is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Texas Heart Institute (THI).

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Gallstones, Kidney Transplant, Aneurysm, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Iki Adachi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6621 Fannin; Mc 19345h
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Iki Adachi works as an adult cardiologist, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, and vascular surgeon in Houston, TX. Dr. Adachi has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and aortic stenosis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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All Interests: Atrial Septal Defect, Aortic Stenosis, Lung Transplant, Aortic Disease, Surgical Repair, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Alan Scheinin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1750
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Scott Scheinin is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He works in Houston, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Scheinin's areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Scheinin has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Scheinin welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $12,065
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $3,317
Dr. Edward Y Chan, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Chan works as a chest surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chan include lung transplant, lung cancer, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Dr. Chan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Chan is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Erik Eddie Suarez, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erik Suarez sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is cardiac surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Suarez include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Suarez attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Suarez has an open panel.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian A Bruckner, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Bruckner is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and emergency medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bruckner include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Dr. Bruckner honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bruckner is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. George Mallory is a pediatric pulmonology specialist. Dr. Mallory has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and asthma. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's residency program. Dr. Mallory is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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

Dr. Maria Carolina Gazzaneo, MD
Specializes in Pulmonology, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Critical Care
6701 Fannin Street; 9th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Maria Gazzaneo is a pulmonologist, anesthesiologist, and pediatric critical care specialist. Her areas of clinical interest consist of lung transplant and intensive care. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). For her professional training, Dr. Gazzaneo completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, Humana HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Intensive Care, Lung Transplant

Dr. Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6621 Fannin Street; Cc1040.00
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo practices pediatric pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include lung transplant. Dr. Melicoff-Portillo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. For her residency, Dr. Melicoff-Portillo trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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All Interests: Lung Transplant

Dr. Myung Hee Park, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Myung Park's areas of specialization are pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease), adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology; she sees patients in Houston, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. The average patient rating for Dr. Park is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Park is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Park's residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Neeraj Sinha, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6445 Main Street; Outpatient Center, 26th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Neeraj Sinha practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include lung biopsy, lung transplant, and bronchoscopy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sinha obtained his medical school training at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Sinha is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Lung Surgery, Asthma, Lung Transplant, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Ahmad Goodarzi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6445 Main Street; Outpatient Center 26th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ahmad Goodarzi's areas of specialization are general internal medicine, critical care (intensive care medicine), and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Baytown, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Goodarzi's areas of expertise include lung transplant, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary fibrosis. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Goodarzi's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Laser Treatment, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Endoscopy, Lung Transplant

Dr. Thomas S Kaleekal, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6445 Main Street; Outpatient Center 26th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Kaleekal's medical specialty is adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. In his practice, Dr. Kaleekal focuses on lung transplant and bronchoscopy. Dr. Kaleekal is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kaleekal is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Lung Transplant

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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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