We found 49 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Humana Open Access near Kansas City, KS.

Dr. Harold William Barkman Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Occupational Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Harold Barkman is a specialist in adult critical care, occupational medicine, and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and snoring. Dr. Barkman takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Wheezing, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Work Injuries, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 605
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Alexis Meredith's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Meredith accepts. She attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Meredith has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Thoracic Imaging

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 605
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jason Fieser's specialty is adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fieser include lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fieser honors. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Fieser has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Apnea, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Chronic Cough, ... (Read more)

Dr. Damien Ryker Stevens, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Medical Office Building - Level 5
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Damien Stevens is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Stevens attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and snoring. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Stevens is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy L Williamson, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Timothy Williamson is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Kansas City, KS. His clinical interests include intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williamson honors. Dr. Williamson is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Williamson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Williamson is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Chest Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diana S Dark, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 65
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Diana Dark specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. She attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her clinical interests include asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dark accepts. Dr. Dark's professional affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 605
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. William Pingleton is an adult pulmonologist. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Pingleton graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pingleton's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Cancer, Cough, Asthma

Dr. Gregory Howard Howell, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 6000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Howell is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Howell include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Howell honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Howell is professionally affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cancer, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung Tumor, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Franklin Ray Quijano, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Franklin Quijano is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Kansas City, KS. These areas are among Dr. Quijano's clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and airway stent. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Airway Stent, Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Tuberculosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 605
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Debashree Tosh-Mitchell's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Dr. Tosh-Mitchell is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She is conversant in Bengali. She is affiliated with Meritas Health.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Intensive Care, Emphysema, Asthma

Dr. Lucas R Pitts, MD
Specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Mailstop 3007
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Lucas Pitts, who practices in Kansas City, KS, is a medical specialist in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). His areas of expertise include the following: intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pitts is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Pitts is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Wheezing, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Navigational Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark J Hamblin, MD
Specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Mark Hamblin practices pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamblin include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wheezing. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Hamblin attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Wheezing, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Thoracic Cancer, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven W Stites, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3011
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Steven Stites is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. These areas are among his clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wheezing. Dr. Stites is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and a graduate of Strong Memorial Hospital's residency program. Dr. Stites has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
3901 Rainbow Blvd Mail Stop 3007
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Laura Thomas works as a pulmonologist and critical care specialist in Kansas City, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include intensive care, sleep apnea, and wheezing. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas takes. She studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Thomas is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Scott Crosser, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; 4030 Sudler, Mail Stop 3007
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Michael Crosser specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: intensive care, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Crosser is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Crosser's education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Wheezing, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Thoracic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Douglas Mermis, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Joel Mermis is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Mermis include lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and intensive care. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mermis trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Ultrasound, Sarcoidosis, Lung Transplant, ... (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.
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