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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 II, Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Occupational Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
39th & Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Harold Barkman's areas of specialization are adult critical care, occupational medicine, and adult pulmonology. He obtained his medical school training at Creighton University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Barkman's clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and snoring. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

All Interests: Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lucas Pitts sees patients in Kansas City, KS. His medical specialties are pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Pitts's areas of expertise include intensive care, CT scan, and whooping cough (pertussis). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Pitts is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

All Interests: Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Thoracic Cancer, Lung Problems, Whooping Cough, ... (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 an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Stites include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Stites is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Stites completed a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Stites has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Lung ... (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 sees patients in Kansas City, KS. His medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Quijano include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. Dr. Quijano is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Quijano's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Timothy Taylor Dwyer III, 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 Dwyer specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Dwyer's training includes a residency program at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. His areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Dwyer is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, ... (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 a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Williamson include intensive care, CT scan, and bronchoscopy. Dr. Williamson is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he 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: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Chest Pain, Sarcoidosis, Lung ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jason Fieser is a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Fieser's areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Fieser graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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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)

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

Dr. Laura Thomas practices pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). These areas are among her clinical interests: intensive care, sleep apnea, and bronchitis. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Thomas completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas honors.

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

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

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

Dr. Alexis Meredith practices adult pulmonology. She is affiliated with Meritas Health. She studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Meredith completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Meredith is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Diana Dark is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. She is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. Dr. Dark accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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 specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology and practices in Kansas City, KS, Overland Park, KS, and Shawnee Mission, KS. His areas of expertise include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and snoring. Dr. Stevens is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Stevens completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Stevens has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Gregory Howell, who practices in Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Howell graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His areas of expertise include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. 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's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Crosser include intensive care, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Crosser accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Thoracic Cancer, Cystic ... (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, who practices in Kansas City, KS, is a medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and intensive care. Dr. Mermis takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

Dr. Kyle Robert Brownback, 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. Kyle Brownback is a specialist in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). Before completing his residency at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Brownback attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Brownback's clinical interests: bronchoscopy, asthma, and needle biopsy. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Brownback is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Ultrasound, Needle Biopsy, Intensive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Heath Edward Latham, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; 4030 Sudler, Mail Stop 3007
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Heath Latham's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Latham include intensive care, whooping cough (pertussis), and bronchitis. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Latham attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for residency. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Chest Pain, Sarcoidosis, ... (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.