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We found 4 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Denver, CO.

Dr. Michael David Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1835 Franklin Street
Denver, CO
 

Dr. Michael Schwartz, who practices in Denver, CO, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Schwartz completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with National Jewish Health.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Interstitial Lung Disease, Emphysema

Dr. David A Beuther, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO
 

Dr. David Beuther specializes in adult pulmonology. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Beuther studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. Dr. Beuther is affiliated with National Jewish Health.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma

Dr. Derek J Linderman, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1055 Clermont Street
Denver, CO
 

Dr. Derek Linderman is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung cancer and intensive care. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Linderman honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Linderman attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Linderman is affiliated with VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic bronchitis

All Interests: Intensive Care, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis

Dr. Robert Alexander Meguid, MPH, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1835 Franklin Street
Denver, CO
 

Dr. Robert Meguid sees patients in Denver, CO and Aurora, CO. His medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Meguid include lung transplant, lung cancer, and injuries. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Meguid takes. After completing medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Meguid has received the following distinctions: Certified, The American Board of Surgery; TSDA Resident Research Award, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association; and Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Meguid (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. He is affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), the University Physicians, and Veterans Health Administration (VA).

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Stenosis, Bronchoscopy, Thoracic Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Sarcoma, Ear Problems, ... (Read more)

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.