We found 82 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Westwood, KS.

Dr. Harold William Barkman Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Occupational Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Internal Medicine
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Harold Barkman sees patients in Kansas City, KS. His medical specialties are adult critical care, occupational medicine, and adult pulmonology. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah, Dr. Barkman attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and snoring. Dr. Barkman accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Barkman 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, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, ... (Read more)

Dr. William Miles Beary, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2330 East Meyer Boulevard; Suite T303
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. William Beary is an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center. Dr. Beary honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Beary obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8901 W 74th Street; Suite 348
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Jason Fieser practices adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fieser include lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Meritas Health. Before completing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Fieser attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He 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. Kyle R 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 pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist. Before performing his residency at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Brownback attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: asthma, navigational bronchoscopy, and needle biopsy. Dr. Brownback is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. 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. Damien Ryker Stevens, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Mail Stop 3007
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Damien Stevens' specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and snoring. Dr. Stevens accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Stevens completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). 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: , 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; Department of Internal Medicine
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Timothy Williamson is a Kansas City, KS physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. Dr. Williamson is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. 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 Kansas. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. Neeta Rathi, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2330 East Meyer Boulevard; Suite T303
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Neeta Gaur sees patients in Belton, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Lexington, MO. Her medical specialty is adult pulmonology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Gaur studied medicine at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. Her training includes residency programs at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. Dr. Gaur is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Multiple Sleep Latency Test, Pneumonia, ... (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 works as an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in 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 attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. 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
8901 W 74th Street; #348
Shawnee Mission, KS
 

Dr. William Pingleton is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. He is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Pingleton accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Pingleton graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

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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 practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Howell trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for his residency. He is especially interested in emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Howell takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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; Department of Internal Medicine
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Franklin Quijano's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and airway stent. Dr. Quijano is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Quijano attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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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)

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. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Pitts's clinical interests include intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Pitts is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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; Mail Stop 3007
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Mark Hamblin is a pulmonologist and critical care specialist in Kansas City, KS and Overland Park, KS. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamblin include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wheezing. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. 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, Stenosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Thoracic Cancer, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas A Beller, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2330 East Meyer Boulevard; Suite T303
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Thomas Beller specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Beller has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Beller honors. 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Pneumonia, Cystic ... (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 is a Kansas City, KS physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Stites's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wheezing. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. He 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 Boulevard; Ms 3007, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Laura Thomas is a specialist in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). She works in Kansas City, KS. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Thomas's clinical interests: intensive care, sleep apnea, and wheezing. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts. 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)

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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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