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Dr. Sue Ferranti

Primary Care, Internal Medicine
Cranston, RI
30 years experience female

Locations

Eleanor Slater Hospital

Cranston, RI

Address

111Howard Avenue, Regan Building, Cranston, RI, US
Directions

About

Bio

I am an internist as well as a lung specialist and I primarily take care of patients on the chronic ventilator unit at Eleanor Slater Hospital, the state hospital of RI. Patients can be cared for on the vent unit for months to many years. It is very challenging yet rewarding work. I am also the medical director of respiratory therapy services at Eleanor Slater Hospital as well as a physician administrator at the hospital.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Pulmonary Critical Care

Pulmonology

Licenses

United States: New York, Rhode Island, Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

2.5K Answers
2.3K Agrees
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Bronchospasm?: This could possibly be exercise-induced asthma. In your case, the bronchospasm is being manifested by a cough. If this is the case, the treatment is t... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Go to the ER if you are having any heart attack symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, etc.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Fish oil can decrease triglyceride levels. Have your doc check your levels after adding fish oil!
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Possibilities...,: If routine cultures of your sputum (that you cough up!) are not revealing the cause of your symptoms, you may need more testing. This testing may incl... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Constipation can cause the symptoms you are describing. Not sure how old your mother is but, assuming these symptoms are new, she probably should be e... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
You would need to get thyroid function blood tests to find out for sure if you have hyperthyroidism. You would likely have other symptoms as well-like... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
You should see a doctor to be sure you don’t have an infection which would need oral antibiotics. The local treatment you are doing, and keeping it co... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
You can get these vaccines at the same time at different sites. They are safe vaccines. There can be side effects, the most common being soreness at t... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Your best bet to find out what they are is to see a gastroenterologist (GI) doctor. You will likely need to send a sample of the stool with the bright... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Treatment for asthma depends on severity-if minimally symptomatic, you may only need a bronchodilator inhaler to use when needed. Bronchitis is a diff... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
See doctor...: You may have a viral infection, like the flu as the cause of your symptoms. But, to be certain it is not pneumonia, you would need an evaluation by yo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Go to ER...: Shortness of breath can be s life-threatening symptom. Possible etiologies for your symptoms include acute bronchitis from viral or bacterial origin, ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Evaluation...: In order to determine if your mother qualifies for a lung transplant, she would need to be evaluated at a transplant center. This could be done once h... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Viral.....: This is likely a viral infection(perhaps flu) that will run its course over the next few days. For cough and chest congestion, see your doctor (since ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Chronic bronchitis..: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and it is usually caused by smoking. Treatment usually includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as sm... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Benign possibilities: There are many benign causes of a solitary pulmonary nodule. However, with a smoking history, you probably ought to have it biopsied, if possible, or ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Post-nasal drip...: It sounds like you have a post-nasal drip which is causing bronchospasm which in turn causes the cough. A prescription steroid nasal spray in addition... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Side effect...: What you describe are known side effects of the inhaler. The sensations should resolve in about 20-30 minutes. This is why you should never take someo... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Depends...: Do you mean brom-fed dm? And what anxiety med are you taking? The brom-fed cough syrup can make you drowsy as can some anxiety meds. So, depending on ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Needs to be seen...: A rash would need to be seen by a physician for an opinion about possible cause. You could request a consult on HealthTap and show the physician via v... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Lung doc...: you should see a lung doctor who specializes in sleep medicine. This doctor will be able to review your sleep study and figure out the diagnosis and h... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
As long as he doesn’t test positive between now and then, he can still get it. If he tests positive for COVID, he would need to wait until his 10 day ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Why is your 7 year old getting heart ultrasounds? This finding needs to be evaluated in the right context-does this child have a congenital heart defe... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Irritable bowel syndrome can cause the symptoms you describe. The blood you describe may be from hemorrhoids but the GI doctor can make sure that is t... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Depending on how much inflammation and hyperpigmentation was present would help determine how long it would take for the skin to be normal. Rough and ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
It is not necessary to taper oral steroids when they are given for a brief time interval, like 10 days. When they are given for longer time periods, l... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
If you are having all of these symptoms, you need to be seen in an emergency room ASAP. Vomiting blood and blood in stools could indicate a GI bleed w... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
The 13 year old needs to be seen by his doctor to determine the cause of the bleeding-possibilities include hemorrhoids, fissure, etc. His doctor can ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
How symptomatic is the positive person? If minimal symptoms, transmission is less likely. Isolate the positive person as much as possible, including a... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
There could be many etiologies to this dull cramping. You should see your doctor and get examined. You may need an ultrasound test, either abdominal o... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
You should see a doctor. You may need a heart monitor for a few weeks, or until you have an episode, so it can be determined what your heart is doing ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
If the bacteria causing the infection is sensitive to the antibiotic, then there is a chance the ulcer will heal. But, the best thing you can do is to... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Heart stops...: In cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating. So, the person will be unconscious, unarousable and have no pulse and not be breathing. The person is clin... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Are you diabetic?: Metformin would only be appropriate if you were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Your fasting blood sugar does not meet criteria for this diagnosis. Th... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Need more bleach: In order to make a more concentrated bleach solution, you would need to add more bleach. You could make a less concentrated solution by diluting the b... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Not full question...: I think this may be a response to another doctor’s answer. You can put a comment on the answer so that the doctor who answered the question can see yo... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Depends...: The speed of recovery from adult respiratory distress syndrome, ards, depends on the underlying cause of the ards. For example, if it is due to infect... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Need diagnosis...: Cough treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. It could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis, etc. All these diagnoses hav... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Coughing blood?: If you are coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. The most common cause is bronchitis but malignancy needs to ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Need further Eval...: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is usually due to bronchitis but it can also be caused by malignancy. So, you need to be re-seen by your doctor so ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Depends...: If the cough is improving over time, it could be due to a viral upper respiratory infection. If the cough is not improving over time, or it is not com... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Scarring...: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis means that there is scarring of the lungs and the underlying reason for the scarring is not known. It is typically a slo... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Call your primary care physician to be evaluated and to get the form signed. Your primary care doctor can review your situation, including your exposu... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
You should see an eye doctor for examination and treatment. Your symptoms could be due to eye strain so avoiding electronics as much as possible is pr... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Do you have any other symptoms, like fever, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting? Did you do any physical activity today that could lead to a pull... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
It may be related to something in his diet-has something been added to his diet or is there something in his diet he is eating more of lately? Thinkin... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
It is difficult to know without seeing it but it is likely a scar related to the original injury. This will typically fade over time. If it is bothers... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
It would depend on why you are having the nuclear stress test and what the test shows to determine if and when it should be repeated. You should ask y... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
You should see a doctor ASAP for evaluation and treatment. Your symptoms could be due to gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), bronchospasm from any cause (... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
These symptoms need to be evaluated. Start with your family doctor and discuss these symptoms with them. You need to be examined and have your vital s... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Jun 3, 2015
Great doctor! Wise and compassionate andwers, highly knowledgeble. I certainly recomment Dr. Ferranti!
Dec 24, 2014
Excellent Critical Care doc with wide spectrum of training and knowledge base. Recommend!
Feb 1, 2014
All I can say is Wow. Very impressive. Very impressive indeed. Great job Dr. Ferranti.
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Thank you Dr. Ferranti. I had a CT scan this past Sat but no results. Text of x-ray result reads: PROMINENCE OF INTERSTITIAL MARKINGS BILATERALLY. MAY BE ON THE BASIS OF CHRONIC INTERSTITIAL CHANGES....Read More
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Thankyou, this is helpful. I am hoping to see my local GP (family doctor) shortly and your reply will help me to put his suggestions into the perspective of what the ideal treatment options could be. ...Read More
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Mom had a pneumonia diagnosis. What alarmed me was that she has reported feeling like she has no strength for weeks (months?) prior to her hospitalization. They have one more pulmonary test to run (6 ...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UMDNJ-SOM
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

KENNEDY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL - STRATFORD DIV

Awards

FCCP
FACOI
Top Doctor, First Place, Rhode Island - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Eleanor Slater Hospital

Virtual Visit Ratings

4.5
84 ratings

20 top reviews

41-year-old female
Oct 18, 2022 Providence, RI
Awesome appointment. Dr was knowledgeable and appt was fast and easy. So much better than going to an urgent care of MD’s appointment!
38-year-old female
Oct 5, 2022 NY
Very effective and much appreciated
37-year-old male
Sep 29, 2022 North Smithfield, RI
Please advise what diagnoses was
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