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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 practices adult critical care, occupational medicine, and adult pulmonology in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Barkman's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and snoring. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. 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, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleurisy

All Interests: Wheezing, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Work Injuries, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jason Fieser's specialty is adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fieser attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Fieser is affiliated with Meritas Health. He has an open panel.

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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. 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. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Lem attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lem include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and interstitial lung disease. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lem is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is conversant in Chinese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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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. 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 sees patients in Kansas City, KS and Overland Park, KS. His medical specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stevens include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and snoring. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Stevens obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). On average, patients gave Dr. Stevens a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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)

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 works as an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Quijano graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Areas of expertise for Dr. Quijano include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and airway stent. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. 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, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Tuberculosis, ... (Read more)

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 in Kansas City, MO. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Howell include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Howell honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung tumor, interstitial lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cancer, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung Tumor, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. William Pingleton works as an adult pulmonologist. He is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Pingleton is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pingleton's practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Cancer, Cough, Asthma

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 a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, MO, Lexington, MO, and Clinton, MO. Dr. Beary is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Beary's professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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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. Brian Peter Mieczkowski, DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2330 East Meyer Boulevard; Suite T303
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Brian Mieczkowski's specialty is adult pulmonology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Mieczkowski attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. The average patient rating for Dr. Mieczkowski is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mieczkowski accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Intensive Care, Lung ... (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, who practices in Kansas City, KS, is a medical specialist in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pitts accepts. He speaks Spanish. He 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. Mark J Hamblin, MD
Specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Mail Stop 3007
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Mark Hamblin works as a pulmonologist and intensivist in Kansas City, KS and Overland Park, KS. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamblin include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and wheezing. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Hamblin attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Hamblin is 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: Wheezing, Bronchitis, Stenosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Thoracic Cancer, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Monisha Das, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 6000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Monisha Das is a physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Das's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Das honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Emphysema, Asthma

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 an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. These areas are among Dr. Williamson's clinical interests: intensive care, wheezing, and CT scan. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williamson accepts. 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. 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)

Dr. Lewis Gilmer Satterwhite, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Mail Stop 3007
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Lewis Satterwhite is a physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. These areas are among Dr. Satterwhite's clinical interests: mediastinal disease, bronchoscopy, and needle biopsy. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Satterwhite attended Emory University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Ultrasound, Vascular Disease, Mediastinal Disease, Thoracic Cancer, Needle Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joel Mermis works as an intensivist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Mermis's areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF), and intensive care. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mermis trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is professionally 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 practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. She is especially interested in asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. Before completing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Dark attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Dark 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: , asthma, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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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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