Kelly Fan, MD

Pulmonology

Pulmonology

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Dr. Fan is a pulmonologist and critical care attending physician with clinical expertise in advanced asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchoscopy, COPD, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, lung infections, pleural disease, and pulmonary vascular disease. Dr. Fan is a Doctorpedia Founding Medical Partner and the Chief Medical Officer of Doctorpedia's Lung Health channel.

Education

  • BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics: UCLA

  • MD: University of California, San Diego

  • Residency: Scripps Clinic, Internal Medicine

  • Fellowship: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Internal Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Advanced Asthma

  • Bronchiectasis

  • Bronchoscopy

  • COPD

  • Interstitial Lung Disease

  • Lung Cancer

  • Lung Infections

  • Pleural Disease

  • Pulmonary Vascular Disease

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

COVID-19 – ICU Care Medication Therapies

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

Lung Disease – Obstructive Lung Disease Types

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

COVID-19 – ECMO Overview

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – Management

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

COPD – Severity

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

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COPD – Progression

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

COPD – Causes

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

Lung Cancer – Screening

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COVID-19 – ECMO and Mechanical Ventilation

Most ICUs have mechanical ventilation support, but only specialized ICUs at larger hospitals offer extra corporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO for short. ECMO is reserved for the sickest patients with respiratory failure when mechanical ventilation...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

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Pulmonary Embolism – Risk Factors

What are the risk factors for pulmonary embolism and DVT? Certain patients are at higher risk for developing a pulmonary embolism or DVT. These include a prior history of blood clots, family history of blood...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Pulmonary Embolism – Recovery

Most patients with a first pulmonary embolism will improve within three to six months and can stop taking anticoagulation medications after discussion with their physicians. As mentioned, certain risk factors and recurrent blood clots can...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Pulmonary Embolism – Medication Treatment

Anticoagulation or blood thinning medication is a cornerstone of treatment for pulmonary embolism. Patients will usually require these medications for at least three months, but possibly longer, depending on the risk for a recurrent event....

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Pulmonary Embolism – Management

How is pulmonary embolism managed? The first step is to assess the stability of a patient. In stable patients with minimal risk factors and no comorbid medical conditions, anticoagulation medications can be started in the...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COVID-19 – ICU Care

It’s a scary time for family members when a loved one gets hospitalized with COVID-19, especially when that patient requires intensive care unit or ICU level care. Most hospitals are limiting visitors to decrease community...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – Overview

What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF? IPF is a lung disease of unknown etiology characterized by permanent and irreversible damage to the lung tissues itself. This is as opposed to a much more common...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – Diagnosis

“The diagnosis of IPF can be difficult to make and requires a detailed clinical history and exam blood work to rule out other diseases that could cause pulmonary fibrosis. CT, chest imaging, and pulmonary function...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COPD – Maintenance Inhaler Therapy

Similar to asthma, maintenance inhaler therapy is also important for COPD. Three classes of inhaled medications include inhaled steroids, beta2 agonists and muscarinic antagonists. These medications help calm inflammation in the airways and open up...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COPD – Definition

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Similar to asthma and bronchiectasis, it’s another disease of the airways within the lungs. This is different than pulmonary fibrosis and the interstitial lung diseases, as well as...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COPD – Chronic Condition

So COPD is a chronic condition and the management of patients really should be individualized for each patient depending on the severity of their disease, how well their lung is functioning and multiple other factors,...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Lung Cancer – Treatment

Once the patient’s cancer is fully staged, decision is then made for treatment plan based on the patient’s health and their cancer stage. This discussion is often made in a multidisciplinary conference with specialists, including...

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

COVID-19 – ICU Care Medication Therapies

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

Lung Disease – Obstructive Lung Disease Types

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

COVID-19 – ECMO Overview

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – Management

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

COPD – Severity

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

COPD – Progression

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

COPD – Causes

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Kelly Fan, MD

17 days ago

Videos

Lung Cancer – Screening

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COVID-19 – ECMO and Mechanical Ventilation

Most ICUs have mechanical ventilation support, but only specialized ICUs at larger hospitals offer extra corporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO for short. ECMO is reserved for the sickest patients with respiratory failure when mechanical ventilation...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Pulmonary Embolism – Risk Factors

What are the risk factors for pulmonary embolism and DVT? Certain patients are at higher risk for developing a pulmonary embolism or DVT. These include a prior history of blood clots, family history of blood...

Watch and Share
Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Pulmonary Embolism – Recovery

Most patients with a first pulmonary embolism will improve within three to six months and can stop taking anticoagulation medications after discussion with their physicians. As mentioned, certain risk factors and recurrent blood clots can...

Watch and Share
Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Pulmonary Embolism – Medication Treatment

Anticoagulation or blood thinning medication is a cornerstone of treatment for pulmonary embolism. Patients will usually require these medications for at least three months, but possibly longer, depending on the risk for a recurrent event....

Watch and Share
Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Pulmonary Embolism – Management

How is pulmonary embolism managed? The first step is to assess the stability of a patient. In stable patients with minimal risk factors and no comorbid medical conditions, anticoagulation medications can be started in the...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COVID-19 – ICU Care

It’s a scary time for family members when a loved one gets hospitalized with COVID-19, especially when that patient requires intensive care unit or ICU level care. Most hospitals are limiting visitors to decrease community...

Watch and Share
Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – Overview

What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF? IPF is a lung disease of unknown etiology characterized by permanent and irreversible damage to the lung tissues itself. This is as opposed to a much more common...

Watch and Share
Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – Diagnosis

“The diagnosis of IPF can be difficult to make and requires a detailed clinical history and exam blood work to rule out other diseases that could cause pulmonary fibrosis. CT, chest imaging, and pulmonary function...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COPD – Maintenance Inhaler Therapy

Similar to asthma, maintenance inhaler therapy is also important for COPD. Three classes of inhaled medications include inhaled steroids, beta2 agonists and muscarinic antagonists. These medications help calm inflammation in the airways and open up...

Watch and Share
Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COPD – Definition

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Similar to asthma and bronchiectasis, it’s another disease of the airways within the lungs. This is different than pulmonary fibrosis and the interstitial lung diseases, as well as...

Watch and Share
Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

COPD – Chronic Condition

So COPD is a chronic condition and the management of patients really should be individualized for each patient depending on the severity of their disease, how well their lung is functioning and multiple other factors,...

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Kelly Fan, MD

21 days ago

Videos

Lung Cancer – Treatment

Once the patient’s cancer is fully staged, decision is then made for treatment plan based on the patient’s health and their cancer stage. This discussion is often made in a multidisciplinary conference with specialists, including...

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Kelly Fan, MD

22 days ago

Videos

Asthma – Degree of Severity

“So asthma is a very heterogeneous disease. This means there’s various degrees of severity from patient to patient and care really should be dedicated depending on where a patient is on their degree of severity....

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

Videos

Pulmonary Embolism – Overview

What is a pulmonary embolism? A pulmonary embolism is a serious medical condition caused by blockage of the arteries in the lungs by a blood clot. An associated condition is deep vein thrombosis or DVT,...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Lung Cancer – Types of Doctors

At most centers, pulmonologists are primarily responsible for the early detection and diagnosis of lung cancer, the staging of lung cancer and providing input on the treatment plan for the patients. Surgeons, radiation oncologists, and...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Asthma – Curable

So asthma is one of these chronic diseases that is not ever completely curable. Now that doesn’t mean you’re going to be sick your entire life. That simply means that you always carry the disease...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Asthma – Biological Therapies and Bronchial Thermoplasty

In the last decade, there’s been an increased understanding of the cellular pathophysiology of asthma. This has led to the development of biological therapies, which target specific antibodies, and signaling pathways that induce asthma symptoms....

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Asthma – Asthma Attack

“So what exactly is an asthma attack? An asthma attack, or asthma exacerbation more formally, is an increase in your baseline asthma symptoms. These symptoms will include increase in cough, phlegm production, chest congestion, wheezing,...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Lung Cancer – Screening

“Lung cancer screening is a new preventative tool that was developed in the last decade. This screening protocol was developed based on a paper in the early 2010s, which showed that screening with patients that...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Lung Cancer – Occurrence

Lung cancer is one of the deadliest cancers that remains difficult to manage. There are approximately 225,000 new cases and 160,000 deaths annually. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women,...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Lung Cancer – Lung Nodules

What happens when a screening CT or a CT scan performed for another reason, shows a lung nodule? In pulmonary clinic, we see more and more lung nodules due to increased screening and general increased...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Lung Cancer – Diagnosis

If the risk seems high enough that the nodule could represent cancer, the decision is then made to proceed with either a biopsy procedure or a PET-CT scan. The PET-CT scans can be considered a...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Asthma – Inhaler Medication

“So proper use of inhaler medication is actually very important for long-term asthma management, especially if you’re someone with more moderate to severe form of asthma. It’s very important and critical to know the difference...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Asthma – Inhaler and Nebulizer Machine

Proper inhaler technique is necessary to ensure the inhaler medications are delivered to the lungs and airways. Before leaving your doctor’s office with a new inhaler prescription, be sure you are confident about knowing how...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Asthma – Grow out of it

So one common question we get asked a lot is, can I grow out of my asthma? A lot of patients will have childhood asthma and, indeed, they grow out of it. Important thing to...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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Asthma – Life Threatening

So in terms of asthma exacerbation, yes, this is a life-threatening condition. People, patients can die from asthma exacerbation. Chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath. All of these symptoms should prompt you to consider that...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

Videos

COVID-19 – Support Therapies

As we mentioned, the ICU allows for different types of support therapies to replace organ function. When the body is recovering from severe disease, it’s important to note that the fewer support therapies a patient...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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COVID-19 – Respiratory Failure and ICU Care Treatment

Specifically for COVID-19 patients, what is the most common reason for ICU level of care? COVID-19 is an infectious disease, primarily affecting the lungs, and therefore respiratory failure is the most common reason COVID-19 patients...

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Kelly Fan, MD

1 month ago

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COVID-19 – Recovery

Fortunately, many patients with severe respiratory failure and COVID-19 infection make a gradual recovery. The oxygen requirement via the ventilator decreases over time, lung function recovers, and the endotracheal tube can eventually be removed, allowing...

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Kelly Fan, MD

2 months ago

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Asthma – Treatment

Asthma treatment is tailored for each patient, depending on severity of their symptoms. In patients with mild disease, avoiding asthma triggers and having a short rescue inhaler, including the medication albuterol, levalbuterol or ipratropium to...

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Kelly Fan, MD

2 months ago

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Asthma – Overview

“Asthma is characterized by episodes of airflow obstruction causing chest tightness, wheezing, chronic cough, phlegm production, and shortness of breath. In between episodes, asthmatics can often feel normal without much, if any, pulmonary symptoms. Patients...

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Kelly Fan, MD

2 months ago

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Asthma – Management

So what are the basics of asthma management? Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting 300 million people worldwide, characterized by reversible airflow obstruction, airway hyper-reactivity and airway inflammation. The reversible nature of the disease...

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Kelly Fan, MD

2 months ago

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Asthma – Diagnosis

Asthma is diagnosed with a combination of clinical history, physical examination, imaging studies, and laboratory tests. In straightforward cases, clinical history and pulmonary function testing is enough to make a diagnosis. Pulmonary function testing includes...

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Kelly Fan, MD

2 months ago

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Asthma – Cure

It should be noted that asthma is considered a chronic lung disease, unfortunately, without a complete cure. Most patients have mild disease that’s easily managed and will have no long-term impairment on lung function. However,...

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Kelly Fan, MD

3 months ago

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Dr. Kelly Fan – Video Business Card

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Kelly Fan, MD

2 months ago

Article

What is Exercise-Induced Asthma?

Exercise-induced asthma, also known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, is characterized by airway narrowing shortly after rigorous exercise. This condition affects 5-20% of the general population and interestingly is more prevalent in elite aerobic sport athletes. Exercise-induced...

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Kelly Fan, MD

2 months ago

Article

Lifestyle Interventions for Patients with Chronic Lung Disease

Pulmonary diseases are often chronic conditions that can be controlled but never fully cured. As with any chronic disease, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is critical in improving one’s quality of life. This article summarizes the...

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Kelly Fan, MD

2 months ago

Article

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women in the United States with over 200,000 new cases annually. Unfortunately, it is by far the deadliest cancer, accounting for 25-30% of annual...

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Kelly Fan, MD

2 months ago

Article

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: The Basics

What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)? IPF is a lung disease of unknown etiology characterized by irreversible scarring of the lung tissues. Once an area of the lung becomes fibrotic, there is no reversal into...

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Kelly Fan, MD

4 months ago

Article

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting 300 million people worldwide characterized by reversible airflow obstruction, airway hyperreactivity, and airway inflammation. Broadly speaking, there are two primary types of asthma. The first type is eosinophilic...

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Kelly Fan, MD

4 months ago

Article

Wildfires and Lung Disease

The 2020 wildfires throughout the United States West Coast present another challenge for patients with chronic lung disease. Smoke exposure particulates can penetrate deep into lung tissue leading to decreased immunity, COPD or asthma exacerbations,...

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Kelly Fan, MD

4 months ago

Article

Why Won’t My Cough Go Away?

Cough is a symptom that everyone has experienced. Whether it be an aspiration episode or catching the common cold, we have all coughed at some point. Most of the time, the cough resolves itself within...

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Kelly Fan, MD

4 months ago

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Founding Medical Partner: Kelly Fan, MD

INTERVIEW WITH KELLY FAN, MD   What guided your decision to go into medicine and specifically, your chosen field?   I chose to go into pulmonary and critical care medicine because this field allows me...

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