Dr. Rick Balestra, MD

Pulmonary DiseaseMaleAge 42

Dr. Balestra
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

The Oregon Clinic

1111 NE 99th Ave Ste 200 Portland, OR 97220

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(503) 963-3030

Dr. Rick Balestra, MD is a Pulmonologist in Portland, OR. Dr. Balestra has more experience with Obstructive Lung Disease and Sleep Apnea than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with Providence Portland Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Balestra to book an appointment.

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Dr. Balestra is affiliated with Providence Portland Medical Center Portland, a highly rated and top awarded hospital for pulmonary disease.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth
    This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Balestra

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Balestra treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Balestra treats other conditions, please contact the office at (503) 963-3030.

Obstructive Lung Disease

Obstructive lung disease specialists diagnose and treat conditions including COPD, emphysema, asthma and cystic fibrosis that cause blockages or narrowing in the airways of the lungs, making breathing difficult.Compare with other Obstructive Lung Disease specialists.

Dr. Balestra is experienced in the area of Obstructive Lung Disease. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 5 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Balestra
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Emphysema
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Asthma
Bronchiectasis
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Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
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Sleep Apnea

Sleep-disordered breathing specialists diagnose and treat conditions, such as snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, in which breathing is interrupted during sleep, resulting in symptoms of fatigue, irritability and high blood pressure.Compare with other Sleep Apnea specialists.

Dr. Balestra is experienced in the area of Sleep Apnea. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Treatments
Dr. Balestra
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Sleep Apnea
Sleep Study
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Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

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Dr. Balestra's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acidosis
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Alkalosis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Arterial Blood Gas Test (ABG)
  • Arthritis
  • Asbestosis
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Back Pain
  • Bedsores
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bird Flu
  • Bladder Infection
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bursitis
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cellulitis
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Dehydration
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis Due to Drugs
  • Dermatitis Due to Substances Taken Internally
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Dizziness
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Dysphagia
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Emphysema
  • Empyema
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Enteritis
  • Esophagitis
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gout
  • Headache
  • Heart Disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypotension
  • Hypotension (Excluding Maternal)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immunization Administration
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Leg and Foot Ulcers
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Low Blood Oxygen Level
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Nodule
  • Magnesium Metabolism Disorders
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Malnutrition
  • Metastatic Respiratory System Cancer
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Nosebleed
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Phosphorus Metabolism Disorders
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumoconiosis and Pneumonopathy
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonitis (Due to Solids or Liquids)
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyuria
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Eosinophilia
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Respiratory Management
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Secondary Renovascular Hypertension
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Study
  • Swine Flu
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thyroid Goiter
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Vertigo
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Viral Infection
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Wheezing

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Dr. Balestra accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Sagamore Health Network
Sagamore Plus

Dr. Balestra's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Balestra

4.9

Based on 13 ratings

5 Stars
92.3076923076923%
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4 Stars
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The doctor is very good and knowledgeable very friendly happy to answer questions unfortunately the staff is very rude and disrespectful so you have to deal with them before you even get to see a doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
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B.Johnson – Jul 16, 2021
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Dr. Balestra has helped me tremendously with dealing with COPD. He explains everything to me, so I understand. Rated on my scale of 1-10 He is a 10. Thank You Dr. Balestra
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Michael Gwynn – Jun 22, 2021
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I met with Dr. Balestra virtually to discuss the viability of the Zephyr value. He reviewed all my med8ical records prior to my appointment since he obviously knew my situation. He answered all my questions and thoroughly explained his recommendations to me. I do not live in the Portland area and but if I ever move I hope he accepts new patients.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Linda Stull – Mar 24, 2021
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Rick is superb in all aspects. He communicates in an understanding way and is a wonderful listener. His thoroughness is outstanding.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Debbie Bryant – Aug 09, 2020
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Due to COVID restrictions, it was a video conference. The thoroughness of his explanation and his honesty about whether the procedure would be beneficial was extremely appreciated. It made the decision so much more comfortable to make. The only issue was the extremely long wait time after being checked in for the video call ... with no one checking back. Waited on hold for over 45 minutes.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 08, 2020
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I have an annual visit with Dr. Balestra every year, and I'm always happy to see him! He's one of the best doctors I've ever seen, and I always look forward to my visits. He's knowledgeable, thorough, and I trust him!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Katherine – Mar 30, 2020
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Dr. Balestra is every thing you would want in a Dr. I just wish I lived closer so her could be my full time Pulmonary Dr. :( I did not qualify for Zephyr Valve procedure but if I had I would have had full confidence in him !!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Teresa Flegal – Mar 07, 2020
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Pulmonary test and review CT Scan
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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James McIntosh – Dec 18, 2019
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Dr. Balestra was incredibly patient even when I started yammering about my breathing problems. More importantly, rather than make the diagnosis himself, he shared it completely during a conference call with other top rated physicians. I have been struggling with this condition for 2 years with no improvement. Dr. Balestra came up with a course of treatment that gives me some hope. I am extremely grateful to the Oregon Clinic for letting him spend as much time on my case. Also a special shoutout to April for making a blood draw so painless.
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May 03, 2019
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Dr. Balestra had taken the time to look at my history prior to our meeting so that I didn't have to fill him in and we could talk about my current symptoms.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Biography

Dr. Balestra was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires, where he received his MD. He completed...Read more

Specialties

  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease

Education

2016
University of Cincinnati
Fellowship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Rick Balestra, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Balestra has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Rick Balestra, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Rick Balestra, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Balestra frequently treats Obstructive Lung Disease and Sleep Apnea. See all practice areas where Dr. Balestra specializes.

Where is Dr. Rick Balestra, MD's office located?

Dr. Balestra's office is located at 1111 NE 99th Ave Ste 200, Portland, OR 97220. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Rick Balestra, MD speak?

Dr. Balestra speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

The Oregon Clinic

Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine East1111 NE 99th Ave Ste 200 Portland, OR 97220
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Balestra is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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Providence Portland Medical Center

Portland, OR

78% Patient Experience Rating, 9% higher than the national average

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)