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We found 230 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Humana HMO Premier near Overland Park, KS.

Dr. Harold William Barkman II, Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Occupational Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
3424 W 92nd Terr
Leawood, KS
 

Dr. Harold Barkman's medical specialty is adult critical care, occupational medicine, and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include the following: cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and snoring. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Barkman's education and training includes medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Barkman 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, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

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' areas of specialization are pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). His areas of expertise include intensive care, CT scan, and whooping cough (pertussis). Dr. Pitts is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Pitts 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: Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Thoracic Cancer, Lung Problems, Whooping Cough, ... (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, who practices in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. Lem is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Lem is professionally affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Dr. Lem takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese.

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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

Dr. Franklin Ray Quijano, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Internal Medicine
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Franklin Quijano specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Quijano's clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Quijano accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Quijano performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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

Dr. Timothy L Williamson, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Internal Medicine
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Timothy Williamson is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include intensive care, CT scan, and bronchoscopy. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Williamson graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency 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, pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

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

Dr. Steven W Stites, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Internal Medicine
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Steven Stites sees patients in Kansas City, KS. His medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Stites's clinical interests: lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Stites has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally 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: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy Taylor Dwyer III, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Timothy Dwyer is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dwyer include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System for his residency. Dr. Dwyer is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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

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Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8901 W 74th Street; 348
Shawnee Mission, KS
 

Dr. Alexis Meredith's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Meredith takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She is affiliated with Meritas Health. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Michael James Waxman, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite T303
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Michael Waxman's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Waxman accepts. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Waxman completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Intensive Care, Lung ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Laura Thomas' areas of specialization are pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine); she sees patients in Kansas City, KS. She studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Thomas trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. Her clinical interests include intensive care, sleep apnea, and bronchitis. Dr. Thomas is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She 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: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Q Simpson, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Internal Medicine
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Steven Simpson specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Simpson include intensive care, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary function test (PFT). Dr. Simpson takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Simpson speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acute respiratory distress syndrome, lung problems

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Needle Biopsy, Intensive Care, Laser Ablation, Lung Problems, CT Scan, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8901 W 74th Street; #348
Shawnee Mission, KS
 

Dr. Jason Fieser is a specialist in adult pulmonology. Dr. Fieser's areas of expertise include lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Meritas Health. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. 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. Damien Ryker Stevens, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
12000 W 110th Street; Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Damien Stevens practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Stevens's areas of expertise include the following: sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and snoring. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He 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, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Sleep Disorders, Sore ... (Read more)

Dr. John B B Nelson, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
10550 Quivira Road; Suite 335
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. John Nelson's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Dr. Nelson's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Pneumonia, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Deepika Polineni, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
64 E 54th Street
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Deepika Polineni practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. After attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Clinical interests for Dr. Polineni include cystic fibrosis (CF). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Polineni (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Spanish. Dr. Polineni is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems

Dr. Joel Douglas Mermis, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Joel Mermis works as an intensive care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and intensive care. Dr. Mermis is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mermis accepts.

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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)

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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.