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We found 13 oncologists who accept MO HealthNet near Kansas City, KS.

Dr. Gary Alan Johnson, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Gary Johnson's area of specialization is gynecologic oncology. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Johnson has indicated that his clinical interests include robotic surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Johnson has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Minimally Invasive Procedures, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Timothy Joseph Pluard, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Timothy Pluard's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Pluard is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Liberty Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

Dr. Mark H Dewolfe, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2000 Ne Vivion Road; 1st Floor
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Mark Dewolfe is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Dewolfe has indicated that his clinical interests include lung cancer, breast cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. His professional affiliations include Liberty Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. Dr. Dewolfe is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Dewolfe completed a residency program at Truman Medical Centers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Blood Cancers, Breast Cancer

Dr. Vinay Gupta, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
5400 N Oak Tfwy; Suite 101
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Vinay Gupta's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in Kansas City, MO. He is especially interested in breast cancer, myeloma, and brain cancer. Dr. Gupta is professionally affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Gupta attended Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Brain Cancer, Cancer, Myeloma, Blood Disorders, Breast Cancer

Dr. Nisreen Abbas Haideri, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Nisreen Haideri works as a hematologist and adult oncologist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in breast cancer, myeloma, and lymphoma. Dr. Haideri honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. After completing medical school at Government Medical College, Nagpur, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). In addition to English, Dr. Haideri (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Lymphoma, Myeloma, Blood Disorders, Breast Cancer

Dr. Jamie Petsch Rigden, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5400 N Oak Tfwy; Suite 101
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jamie Rigden is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among Dr. Rigden's clinical interests: urologic (genitourinary) cancer, blood cancers, and breast cancer. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rigden at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rigden accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Rigden graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then Dr. Rigden performed Dr. Rigden's residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Rigden's hospital/clinic affiliations include Liberty Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Cancer, Blood Cancers, Breast Cancer

Dr. Michelle Renee Dudzinski, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
4321 Washington; Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Michelle Dudzinski works as a gynecologic oncologist and surgical oncologist. Dr. Dudzinski's hospital/clinic affiliations include Shawnee Mission Health, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Carondelet Health. She attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Hospital for residency. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Dr. John William Shook, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. John Shook is a specialist in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Shook accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Truman Medical Centers for residency. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville.

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Clinical interests: Tumor, Breast Issues, Biopsy, Cancer Prevention, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Breast Ultrasound

Dr. Ali Shwaiki, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Ali Shwaiki specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. He has a special interest in breast cancer. Dr. Shwaiki is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Dr. Janakiraman Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Janakiraman Subramanian is an adult oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Subramanian is especially interested in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck cancer. His professional affiliations include Liberty Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Dr. Subramanian attended medical school at Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more.

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Clinical interests: Esophagus Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Clinical Trials

Dr. Jacob Paul Smeltzer, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jacob Smeltzer sees patients in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. His areas of expertise consist of urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Smeltzer honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Blood Cancers

Dr. Aimee Debra Kohn, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Aimee Kohn's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. She is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Kohn is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, the University of Washington (UW) Medicine, and Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Lung Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Tolga Husnu Tuncer, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Tolga Tuncer is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include spinal cord tumor. Dr. Tuncer takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He attended Ankara University and then went on to complete his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, and Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Tuncer (or staff) speaks German and Turkish. Dr. Tuncer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Cord Tumor

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What is Oncology?

An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient’s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.

Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.

There are three main types of oncologists:
  • Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term “medical oncologist” refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient’s treatment.
  • Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
  • Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.

In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.