We found 148 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Humana Gold near Kansas City, KS.

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Barkman include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and snoring. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Barkman honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

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 is a pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. Dr. Pitts is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pitts is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

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

Dr. Vincent M Lem, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 6000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Vincent Lem is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Lem performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He has indicated that his clinical interests include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and interstitial lung disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Lem has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is conversant in Chinese. Dr. Lem is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, Interstitial Lung Disease, Shortness of Breath, Chronic Cough

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

Dr. Jason Fieser is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fieser include lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. Dr. Fieser honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is affiliated with Meritas Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, 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 specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Quijano's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and airway stent. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Quijano is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, pleurisy

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 specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Kansas City, KS. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Williamson attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Williamson include intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

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

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

Dr. Alexis Meredith practices adult pulmonology. Dr. Meredith is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Meredith attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Meritas Health. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Laura Thomas is a physician who specializes in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). These areas are among her clinical interests: intensive care, sleep apnea, and wheezing. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts. After attending 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, lung cancer, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

All Interests: Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (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 in Kansas City, KS. Before completing his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Dr. Stites attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wheezing. Dr. Stites is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

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 a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Kansas City, KS. His clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Dwyer performed his residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Dr. Dwyer 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: , emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

All Interests: Wheezing, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (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 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: , lung cancer, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

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

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

Dr. Andrea Anthony is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise consist of asthma and allergies. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Anthony completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is affiliated with Meritas Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Anthony's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

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

Dr. Deepika Polineni is a medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and wheezing. Dr. Polineni is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Polineni attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Polineni (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), lung problems

All Interests: Wheezing, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems

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 practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Mermis studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mermis include lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and intensive care. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mermis accepts. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Ultrasound, Sarcoidosis, Lung Transplant, ... (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's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Dark include asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Dark's professional affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Dark completed a residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dark takes.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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's areas of specialization are pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine); he sees patients in Kansas City, KS. These areas are among his clinical interests: asthma, navigational bronchoscopy, and needle biopsy. Dr. Brownback is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Brownback attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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