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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Clarkston completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Clarkston's areas of clinical interest consist of hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Clarkston has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with 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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Escalante-Glorsky is in-network for TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University, Dr. Escalante-Glorsky attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Horine include polyps, ulcers, and colon cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Horine is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and CorVel, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus, Dr. Hamid attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He has a special interest in crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Hamid honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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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 is an adult gastroenterologist. In Dr. Kim's practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, and esophagus problems. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. His training includes a residency program at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Kim is conversant in Korean. 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: , 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's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Slayden average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Slayden's professional affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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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 physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Larsen include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Larsen's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Larsen is affiliated with 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: Graves Disease, Deviated Septum, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, ... (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 areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include 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. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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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 is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Sorensen honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Missouri Health System for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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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's medical specialty is anesthesiology, trauma surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Winfield include concussion, intensive care, and gallstones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Christian Hospital and The University of Kansas Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and a graduate of Shands at the University of Florida's residency program.

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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 practices general surgery and transplant surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cummings include small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Cummings takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cummings attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Small Intestine Disorders, Kidney Transplant

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

Dr. Shaya Ansari is a physician who specializes in diagnostic radiology. Dr. Ansari (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Portuguese. Dr. Ansari's areas of expertise include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), thyroid ultrasound, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Ansari completed residency programs at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's areas of specialization are female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics & gynecology. He is especially interested in rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Dr. Hill takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Hill attended Creighton University School of Medicine.

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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 a physician who specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck cancer. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Subramanian attended Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute and then went on to complete his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. He is affiliated with Liberty Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville.

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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 is a hematologist and oncologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Smeltzer accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Smeltzer is professionally affiliated with 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.