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We found 15 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry near Overland Park, KS.

Dr. Wendell Kevan Clarkston, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 260
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Wendell Clarkston is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clarkston include hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Clarkston graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Clarkston trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Susana Escalante Glorsky, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 260
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Susana Escalante-Glorsky's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Escalante-Glorsky include inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and acid reflux (GERD). Patients gave Dr. Escalante-Glorsky an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux

Dr. Jon A Horine, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5701 W 119th Street; #410
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Jon Horine's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Horine at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: polyps, ulcers, and colon cancer. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and CorVel, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Horine graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Fadi Suheil Hamid, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 260
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Fadi Hamid's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hamid include crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Hamid's hospital/clinic affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hamid honors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Manometry, Hydrogen Breath Test, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

Dr. James Woojin Kim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 260
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. James Kim's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Kim focuses on inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, and esophagus problems. Dr. Kim takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Kim trained at Rhode Island Hospital. He speaks Korean. His professional affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Esophagus Problems, Hepatitis B, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Geoffrey Carl Slayden, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
12300 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 500 B
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Geoffrey Slayden is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Slayden has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Soft Tissue Tumor, Hernia, Skin Lesions, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Gene Larsen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
7405 Renner Road
Shawnee, KS
 

Dr. Christopher Larsen is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Larsen's clinical interests: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Larsen graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Dizziness, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Robert Arroyo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 500b
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Michael Arroyo's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Arroyo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Arroyo's residency was performed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Colon Problems, Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. George Brent Sorensen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 500b
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. G. Sorensen works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. His areas of expertise consist of gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Sorensen honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Sorensen's training includes a residency program at the University of Missouri Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Stomach Problems, Abdominal Wall ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert D Winfield, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Trauma Surgery, Critical Care
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 2005
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Robert Winfield works as an anesthesiologist, trauma surgeon, and intensivist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Winfield include concussion, intensive care, and gallstones. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Winfield attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Winfield completed a residency program at Shands at the University of Florida. Dr. Winfield is affiliated with Christian Hospital and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Gallstones, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Sepsis, Brain Injury, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee S Cummings, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 240
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Lee Cummings, who practices in Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. Dr. Cummings is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at Maimonides Medical Center for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Pancreatic Surgery, Small Intestine Disorders, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Shaya Ansari, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
4528 Belleview Av; Unit 203
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Shaya Ansari is a specialist in diagnostic radiology. He works in Kansas City, MO. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ansari include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), thyroid ultrasound, and crohn's disease. Dr. Ansari takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ansari (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Persian, and Portuguese. Dr. Ansari is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Thyroid Problems, MRI, Ulcerative Colitis, Ablation, CT Scan, Pregnancy, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard F. C. Hill, MD
Specializes in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology
4401 Wornall Road; 3rd Floor Peet Center
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Richard Hill specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Kansas City, MO. In his practice, Dr. Hill focuses on rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Dr. Hill studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Hill is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Da Vinci Surgery, Pelvic Prolapse, Hysterectomy

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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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Blood Cancers

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.