We found 15 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Blue Springs, MO.

Dr. John Joseph Connolly III, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. John Connolly's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Connolly's clinical interests include male incontinence, female incontinence, and depression. He is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Lee's Summit Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Connolly studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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

All Interests: Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Dizziness, Immunization, Bone Density Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Aileen Andes, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Elizabeth Andes sees patients in Independence, MO. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Andes is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: male incontinence, depression, and female incontinence. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Andes honors. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Andes is professionally affiliated with Research Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Dizziness, Immunization, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Pamela S Maben, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4911 South Arrowhead Drive; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Pamela Maben's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Independence, MO. Dr. Maben studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. Her clinical interests include thyroid problems, anemia, and anxiety. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maben takes. Her professional affiliations include Menorah Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Bone Density Test, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer J Patterson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4721 S Cliff Avenue; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Jennifer Patterson's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Patterson has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cox Family Medicine Residency for residency. Dr. Patterson is professionally affiliated with Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, Ear Infection, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ibrahim A Mourad, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
19550 East 39th Street; Suite 400 B
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Ibrahim Mourad's areas of specialization are adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Kansas City, MO, Independence, MO, and Saint Louis, MO. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Carondelet Health and Research Medical Center. Dr. Mourad studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mourad honors.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Osteoporosis, Ultrasound, Bone Density Test, Allergies, Holter ... (Read more)

Dr. Louis Anthony Orlando, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Louis Orlando is an internist. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Orlando's clinical interests include diabetes, emphysema, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Orlando performed his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, St. Luke's Hospital, and Truman Medical Centers. He speaks Telugu.

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

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Immunization, Osteoporosis, Ultrasound, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank Donaldson Lewis, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
100 Nw Mock Avenue; Suite 100
Blue Springs, MO
 

Dr. Frank Lewis specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Lewis graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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Dr. Vinod N Velakaturi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 East 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Vinod Velakaturi practices general internal medicine in Independence, MO. The average patient rating for Dr. Velakaturi is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Velakaturi takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Velakaturi completed a residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Osteoporosis, Ultrasound, Bone Density Test, Allergies, Holter ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce D Scully, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
725 North West State Route 7; Suite A
Blue Springs, MO
 

Dr. Bruce Scully's area of specialization is family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and chronic sinusitis. He 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. Scully honors. Before completing his residency at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, Dr. Scully attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Colposcopy, Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karmel L Carothers, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4721 S Cliff Avenue; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Karmel Carothers works as a general internist. Patient ratings for Dr. Carothers average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: ear pain, immunotherapy, and dizziness. She is affiliated with Menorah Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Carothers attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency.

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

All Interests: Breast Pain, Ear Pain, Immunotherapy, Dizziness, Immunization, Bronchitis, Women's Heart Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason B Bergman, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17421 Medical Center Parkway
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Jason Bergman is a physician who specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, ear pain, and wellness visit. Dr. Bergman is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bergman graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cox Family Medicine Residency. He is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Depression, Ear Pain, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Dizziness, Immunization, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohd Iqbal Boda, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
3490 Northeast Ralph Powell Road; Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Mohd Boda's specialty is adult hospital medicine. His areas of expertise include ear pain, celiac disease, and ankle sprain. Dr. Boda's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Government Medical College, Srinagar. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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

All Interests: Breast Pain, Depression, Ear Pain, Ankle Sprain, Eczema, Dizziness, Immunization, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mahesh Dutt Chandra, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4911 South Arrowhead Drive; Suite 200
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Mahesh Chandra is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Chandra's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Chandra (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Osteoporosis, Ultrasound, Bone Density Test, Allergies, Holter ... (Read more)

Dr. Marjon M Gillbanks, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
19550 E 39th Street; Suite 335
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Marjon Gillbanks' area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gillbanks honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Immunization, Osteoporosis, Ultrasound, Bone Density Test, Allergies, Holter Monitoring, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce R Williams, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
725 North West State Route 7; Suite A
Blue Springs, MO
 

Dr. Bruce Williams sees patients in Blue Springs, MO. His medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Williams include diabetes, chronic sinusitis, and emphysema. Dr. Williams's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williams accepts. He is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Williams is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Colposcopy, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Immunization, Ear Infection, ... (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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