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Dr. Rick Balestra, MD

Pulmonary Disease ·  Male · Age 39

Dr. Balestra

The Oregon Clinic

1111 NE 99th Ave Ste 200 Portland, OR 97220

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Dr. Rick Balestra, MD is a pulmonologist in Portland, OR and has been practicing for 5 years. He specializes in pulmonary disease, pulmonary critical care medicine, and more.

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(503) 963-3030

Dr. Balestra accepts the following insurance:

Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna PPO
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First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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Sagamore Health Network
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No malpractice claims found for Oregon
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Dr. Balestra's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Dr. Balestra performs Bronchoscopy more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Balestra performs this procedure more than 94% of his peers

Pulmonary Disease

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Dr. Balestra treats Pulmonary Disease more than 89% of his peers

Dr. Balestra treats this condition more than 89% of his peers


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Dr. Balestra treats Asthma more than 80% of his peers

Dr. Balestra treats this condition more than 80% of his peers

Dr. Balestra's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess
  • Acidosis
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Alkalosis
  • Arterial Blood Gas Test (ABG)
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Empyema
  • Fungal Infections
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Low Blood Oxygen Level
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Nodule
  • Metastatic Respiratory System Cancer
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonitis (Due to Solids or Liquids)
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Insufficiency
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Respiratory Management
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Swine Flu
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease

About Me


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 his internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. After his residency, he had a Pu...


  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease


University of Cincinnati
Fellowship Hospital
Stanford University
Fellowship Hospital
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Internship Hospital


  • Spanish
  • English


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What People Say About Dr. Rick Balestra, MD
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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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.
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