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, who practices in Kansas City, KS and Leawood, KS, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, occupational medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Barkman's areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and snoring. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Barkman is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Wheezing, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, ... (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 works as a pulmonologist and critical care specialist in Kansas City, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Pitts include intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Pitts attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Pitts speaks Spanish.

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

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

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

Dr. Jason Fieser is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Dr. Fieser's areas of expertise include lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Fieser attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Fieser is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. He is accepting new patients.

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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. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Quijano include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and airway stent. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Quijano 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 a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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

All Interests: Airway Stent, Wheezing, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Thoracic Cancer, Cystic ... (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 Kansas City, KS physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Williamson include intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Williamson studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency training 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. Steven W Stites, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3011
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Steven Stites practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Stites include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wheezing. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stites honors. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally 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 is a specialist in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include intensive care, sleep apnea, and wheezing. She takes 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, she performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is professionally 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. 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 is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Dwyer's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Alexis Meredith is a physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Meredith is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Meredith graduated from the University of Kansas 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, Asthma, Thoracic Imaging

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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Stevens attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and snoring. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stevens accepts. 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. Diana S Dark, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 65
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Diana Dark is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include the following: asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Dark is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. 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. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension, 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 specialist 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). In his practice, he is particularly interested in emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Howell takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to 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 is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Crosser include intensive care, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Crosser 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, 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 in Kansas City, KS. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Clinical interests for Dr. Mermis include lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and intensive care. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is 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 pulmonologist and intensivist. Clinical interests for Dr. Brownback include asthma, navigational bronchoscopy, and needle biopsy. Dr. Brownback honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Brownback trained at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital for residency. 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, Navigational Bronchoscopy, Ultrasound, Needle ... (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 is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. 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. His areas of expertise include the following: intensive care, wheezing, and whooping cough (pertussis). Dr. Latham honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Latham 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, Bronchoscopy, Chest Pain, Navigational ... (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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