Dr. Rick Balestra, MD

Pulmonary DiseaseMaleAge 41

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-disordered Breathing 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.


At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth
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  • Practices at Top Hospital
    Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ See hospitals

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No malpractice claims found for Oregon
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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 typically treats 68% more often than similar doctors

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Treatments
Asthma
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Pulmonary Function Test
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Sleep-disordered Breathing

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-disordered Breathing specialists.

Dr. Balestra typically treats 63% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 1 condition or procedure

Treatments
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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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

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Dr. Balestra accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
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
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Sagamore Health Network
Sagamore Plus

Dr. Balestra's Reviews

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  • Explained conditions well (9)
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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
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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.
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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!!!
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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 !!!
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    Teresa Flegal – Mar 07, 2020
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    Pulmonary test and review CT Scan
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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.
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    About Me

    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
    • Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

    Board Certifications

    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Internal 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?

    Dr. Rick Balestra, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Balestra's profile to make an appointment.

    Does Dr. Rick Balestra, MD accept my insurance?

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

    Dr. Balestra frequently treats Obstructive Lung Disease and Sleep-disordered Breathing. 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.

    How can I make an appointment with Dr. Rick Balestra, MD?

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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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    Providence Portland Medical Center

    Portland, OR

    77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

    • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019)
    • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
    • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
    • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)