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We found 210 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Medicare near Westwood, KS.

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

Dr. Harold Barkman's areas of specialization are adult critical care, occupational medicine, and adult pulmonology. 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. Dr. Barkman's clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and snoring. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. 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: Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser ... (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 specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He speaks Chinese. In his practice, he is particularly interested in shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Lem's professional affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Lem trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for his residency. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lem is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Neeta Gaur specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Belton, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Lexington, MO. Patient ratings for Dr. Gaur average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing her residency at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University, Dr. Gaur attended medical school at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. She is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Multiple Sleep Latency Test, Pneumonia, ... (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 sees patients in Kansas City, KS. His medical specialties are pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Pitts's areas of expertise include intensive care, CT scan, and whooping cough (pertussis). He 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 the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Pitts is conversant in Spanish. He 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. Nichole D Van Duyne, DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2330 East Meyer Boulevard; Suite T303
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Nichole Clark practices adult pulmonology. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clark takes. She attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Clark is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Tube Thoracostomy, Osteoporosis, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, ... (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 sees patients in Kansas City, KS. His medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Quijano include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. Dr. Quijano is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Quijano's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He 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: 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 physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Williamson include intensive care, CT scan, and bronchoscopy. Dr. Williamson is in-network for 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, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is professionally 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 is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Stites include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Stites is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Stites completed a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Stites has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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 specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Dwyer's training includes a residency program at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. His areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Dwyer 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: 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 practices adult pulmonology. She is affiliated with Meritas Health. She studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Meredith completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Meredith is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She has an open panel.

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

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

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

Dr. Monisha Das' areas of specialization are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. For her residency, Dr. Das trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Das is affiliated with Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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

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

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

Dr. Michael Waxman's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Waxman is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Intensive Care, Lung ... (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 is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Simpson include intensive care, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary function test (PFT). Dr. Simpson is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 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 physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Fieser's areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Fieser graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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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. 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 specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Beary's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Beary attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Beary is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research 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. Diana S Dark, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Diana Dark is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. She is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. Dr. Dark accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. 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.

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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.