We found 9 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Coventry near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Mario Castro, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4921 Parkview Place; 8th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Mario Castro's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Castro graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He has a special interest in lung cancer and asthma. Dr. Castro takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic bronchitis

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Sarcoidosis, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Vasculitis, Shortness of ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel B Rosenbluth, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4921 Parkview Place; 8th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Rosenbluth practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and thoracic cancer. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Rosenbluth accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Thoracic Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Roger D Yusen, MPH, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4921 Parkview Place; 8th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Roger Yusen's medical specialty is critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. In Dr. Yusen's practice, he is particularly interested in lung transplant, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at Duke University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Transplant, Lung Volume ... (Read more)

Dr. Elbert P Trulock III, MD
Specializes in Adult Transplant Hepatology, Adult Pulmonology
4921 Parkview Place; 8th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Elbert Trulock is an adult transplant hepatology and adult pulmonology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Trulock include lung transplant, pulmonary fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Trulock is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. After attending Emory University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Trulock accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Transplant Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adrian Shifren, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4921 Parkview Place; 8th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Adrian Shifren specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Saint Louis, MO. In Dr. Shifren's practice, he is particularly interested in emphysema, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Lung Problems, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan Fitch Meyers, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Oncology, Thoracic Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8b
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Bryan Meyers works as a general surgeon, oncologist, and thoracic surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Meyers is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, emphysema, and lung cancer. Dr. Meyers takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Siteman Cancer Center - South County.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

Dr. George Alexander Patterson, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8b
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. G. Patterson specializes in thoracic surgery. In Dr. Patterson's practice, he is particularly interested in lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and emphysema. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, Dr. Patterson attended Queen's University School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Heart Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Trachea Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. David S Gierada, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
660 South Euclid Avenue; Campus Box 8131
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. David Gierada, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in diagnostic radiology. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Gierada honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Asthma, Cancer Screening, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, CT Scan

Dr. Daniel Kreisel, PhD, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Thoracic Surgery
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Kreisel is an oncologist and chest surgeon. Dr. Kreisel obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant and lung cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kreisel is conversant in German. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and VA St. Louis Health Care System.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

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

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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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