We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Golden Rule near Overland Park, KS.

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

Dr. Susana Escalante-Glorsky is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for residency. Her areas of clinical interest consist of inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and acid reflux (GERD). Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky speaks Spanish. She 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. Wendell Kevan Clarkston, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 260
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Wendell Clarkston's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Clarkston's clinical interests encompass hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Clarkston's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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

Dr. James Kim is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, and esophagus problems. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kim obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Korean. Dr. Kim's 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. 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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Hamid accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hamid 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. 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: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Dr. Geoffrey Carl Slayden, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 500b
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Geoffrey Slayden's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Slayden is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Slayden's residency was performed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His hospital/clinic 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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Larsen's areas of expertise include the following: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Larsen is professionally 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: Wheezing, Dizziness, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Arroyo is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and da vinci surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Arroyo attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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

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

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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. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Cummings include small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Cummings's education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at Maimonides Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

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

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

Dr. G. Sorensen practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. Before performing his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, Dr. Sorensen attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school. In his practice, Dr. Sorensen focuses on gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Sorensen 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. Ashiq Masood, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
4321 Washington Street; Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Ashiq Masood works as an oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist in Saint Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO. In his practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and thoracic cancer. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Masood trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Masood (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Clinical Trials, Urologic Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Solid Tumor, Cancer

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). His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck cancer. Dr. Subramanian honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He graduated from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute. He trained at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis for his residency. Dr. Subramanian's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. 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 is a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics & gynecology. He works in Kansas City, MO. His areas of expertise include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. He honors 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

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

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 an adult hematologist and oncologist in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. He is especially interested in urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Smeltzer accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He is 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.

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