We found 25 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Beech Street PPO near Town and Country, MO.

Dr. Thomas William Ferkol Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
13001 North Outer Forty
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Thomas Ferkol sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Town and Country, MO. His medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. His areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ferkol accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammation, Asthma

Dr. James S Kemp, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
13001 North Outer Forty
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. James Kemp is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in Saint Louis, MO and Town and Country, MO. Before performing his residency at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Kemp attended Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Kemp has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Pulmonary Function Test, Asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Dr. Alexander Chi Chen, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1040 N. Mason Road; Medical Building One
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Alexander Chen works as an adult pulmonologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chen include lung cancer. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Chen honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chen is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Thoracic Cancer, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Mediastinal Disease

Dr. Mark Edward Halstead, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Sports Medicine
13001 North Outer Forty
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Mark Halstead works as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and pediatric sports medicine specialist in Chesterfield, MO, Saint Louis, MO, and Town and Country, MO. He studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Halstead's training includes residency programs at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Halstead's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Knee Ligament Injury, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Stress Fractures, Asthma

Dr. H James James Wedner, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. H. Wedner is an adult allergist and immunologist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His areas of clinical interest consist of asthma and sinus problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Wedner at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Wedner's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sinus Problems, Asthma, Allergies, Hives

Dr. Jeffrey D Bradley, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 101
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Bradley, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Bradley include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bradley obtained his medical school training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Thoracic Cancer, Proton Therapy, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Body Radiation ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory A Ewald, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1020 N. Mason Road; Medical Building Three
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Ewald is an adult cardiology and adult transplant hepatology specialist. His areas of expertise include heart transplant, heart failure, and endocarditis. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ewald attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Heart Transplant, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure, Transplant ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan Fitch Meyers, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Oncology, Thoracic Surgery
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 100
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Bryan Meyers is a general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and thoracic surgery specialist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, emphysema, and lung cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Meyers honors. Dr. Meyers attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Dr. Meyers is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Siteman Cancer Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Thoracic Cancer, Lung Problems, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Trachea Problems, Esophageal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Kulczycki Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Anthony Kulczycki is an adult allergy & immunology specialist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in asthma and sinus problems. Dr. Kulczycki is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Kulczycki speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sinus Problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Allergies, Baby Colic

Dr. Robert F Onder Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
711 Old Ballas Road; #100
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Onder practices adult allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Onder include asthma and allergy testing. Dr. Onder is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by Dr. Onder's patients. Dr. Onder is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Onder obtained Dr. Onder's medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed Dr. Onder's residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Onder is affiliated with SSM Health DePaul Hospital - St. Louis, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles, and SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Lake Saint Louis. Dr. Onder is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergy Testing, Asthma

Dr. Leonard B Bacharier, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
13001 North Outer Forty
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Leonard Bacharier's medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Bacharier is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Bacharier attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Benjamin David Kozower, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Building Two
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Benjamin Kozower is a medical specialist in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kozower include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Dr. Kozower's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Achalasia, Myasthenia Gravis, Lung Problems, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Neal Weiss, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1020 N Mason Road
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alan Weiss' specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Weiss's areas of clinical interest consist of arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart Care Institute, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary embolism

All Interests: Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Saiama Naheed Waqar, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 100
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Saiama Waqar is an oncologist and medical oncologist. In her practice, Dr. Waqar focuses on esophageal cancer and lung cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Waqar takes. She is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. Her residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Waqar (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Waqar is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Thoracic Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer

Dr. Marina Litvin, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
10 Barnes West Drive; Po Box 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Marina Litvin practices adult endocrinology in Saint Louis, MO. Her clinical interests encompass diabetes. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Litvin graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She speaks Russian. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes

Dr. Daniel Kreisel, PhD, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Thoracic Surgery
1040 North Mason Road; Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Kreisel's specialties are oncology (cancer care) and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise consist of lung transplant and lung cancer. Dr. Kreisel is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Kreisel trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. He speaks German. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and VA St. Louis Health Care System.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Transplant, Thoracic Cancer, Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Emphysema

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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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