All of our physicians are board-certified. In order to maintain their certification,
they are required to participate in an extensive process that involves
completing accredited education and specialty training, and periodic secured
computer examinations, to demonstrate competency.
Timothy W. Smith, M.D., FCCP
Dr. Smith is board certified in
Critical Care Medicine, and
Internal Medicine. He is currently the director of the Respiratory Department at St. Joseph
Medical Center. He has been with Pulmonary Physicians of St. Joseph since
we opened our doors in 1994.
He obtained his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of
Medicine in 1976, and completed his Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship
at Washington University in St. Louis in 1979. He was a solo-practitioner
in Wichita for 10 years prior to moving his family to Kansas City to work
at St. Joseph Medical Center.
Dr. Smith is also a husband and proud father of 9 children ranging in age
from teens to young adults and plays an active roll in all of their lives.
Two of his sons are currently obtaining their medical degree, and a daughter
is working on her nursing degree. Dr. Smith also loves the sport of tennis
and gets a match in whenever he can.
A. Cosmo Caruso, M.D., FCCP
Dr. Caruso is board certified in
Internal Medicine and
Sleep Medicine. He is currently the director of the Sleep Lab and Co-Director of the
ICU at St. Joseph Medical Center. He has been with Pulmonary Physicians
of Kansas City since 1996.
Dr. Caruso completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital
in Chicago, IL in 1988. He then completed a Critical Care fellowship at
the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1993, followed by a Pulmonary
Medicine Fellowship at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix,
Arizona in 1995. He decided at that point to continue his training with
a Sleep Medicine fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio in 1996.
Dr. Caruso grew up in Kansas City and has lived here most of his life with
the exception of his training. He is also a husband and proud father of
4 wonderful children. Dr. Caruso is from a family of physicians. His father
Alfred Caruso, M.D. (retired) and brother Peter Caruso, M.D. are OB/GYN
specialists in Kansas City.
Patrick J. Perkins, M.D., FCCP
Dr. Perkins joined us in July 2008. He is board certified in
Critical Care Medicine. He is currently the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at St.
Joseph Medical Center.
Dr. Perkins grew up in the Kansas City Metro Area and left after obtaining
his undergraduate from Rockhurst College in 1990 to pursue his degree
in medicine. Dr. Perkins obtained his medical degree from St. Louis University
School of Medicine in 1994 and entered the Army. He continued his medical
education and obtained his Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care
training at Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. He was
the director of the ICU at Ft. Sam Houston from 2000-2005. When he left
the Army in 2005, he went to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he worked for a large
private pulmonary practice. He then came to Kansas City in 2007 and has
been in private practice at “home” since then.
Dr. Perkins is a husband and proud father of 7 children, from pre-school
Tommy Ko, M.D.
Dr. Ko joined Pulmonary Physicians of St. Joseph on January 5, 2015.
Dr. Ko brings more than 20 years of experience to the practice. He is board
Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. Dr. Ko has a special interest in the treatment of asthma, interstitial
lung disease and sleep disorders.
Dr. Ko earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri in Kansas
City. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine and fellowship in
Pulmonary Medicine including Critical Care Medicine. He has teaching experience
at the University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Medicine and with
the University Of North Dakota School Of Medicine.
Dr. Ko is the proud father of 4 children.