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

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. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Gaur is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, she performed her residency at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. She 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: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Multiple Sleep Latency Test, Pneumonia, ... (Read more)

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 specializes in adult critical care, occupational medicine, and adult pulmonology and practices in Kansas City, KS and Leawood, KS. His areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep apnea, and snoring. Dr. Barkman is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. 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. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barkman takes.

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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's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. In addition to English, Dr. Lem speaks Chinese. His areas of expertise consist of shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and interstitial lung disease. He is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. Dr. Lem attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). The average patient rating for Dr. Lem is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Lem has received professional recognition including the following: 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. 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 clinical interests 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 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. Nichole D Van Duyne, DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2330 East Meyer Boulevard; Suite T303
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Nichole Clark works as a pulmonologist in Kansas City, MO, Clinton, MO, and Belton, MO. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine 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, who practices in Kansas City, KS, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Quijano is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Quijano is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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 works as an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Kansas City, KS. His areas of expertise include intensive care, CT scan, and bronchoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Williamson attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williamson honors.

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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 practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Kansas City, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Stites include lung transplant, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stites honors. Dr. Stites graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Kansas City, KS. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dwyer include cystic fibrosis (CF), intensive care, and sleep apnea. Dr. Dwyer accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. 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)

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 and adult pulmonology specialist in Kansas City, MO, Lexington, MO, and Clinton, MO. Patient ratings for Dr. Beary average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Beary completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Beary 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: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Pneumonia, Cystic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Monisha Das works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Her areas of expertise include emphysema, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Das is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Emphysema, Asthma

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

Dr. Michael Waxman works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. Dr. Waxman attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Waxman accepts. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Waxman is professionally affiliated with 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's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He practices in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Simpson attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Areas of expertise for Dr. Simpson include intensive care, bronchoscopy, and pulmonary function test (PFT). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Simpson 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. Alexis Meredith's medical specialty is adult pulmonology. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Meredith is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Meredith is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. She is open to new patients.

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

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

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 specialist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center's residency program. In Dr. Dark's practice, she is particularly interested in asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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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. 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 practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology in Kansas City, KS, Overland Park, KS, and Shawnee Mission, KS. These areas are among Dr. Stevens's clinical interests: sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and snoring. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine 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 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, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Sleep Disorders, Sore ... (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.