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We found 13 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HealthLink near Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Susana Escalante Glorsky, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii, Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Susana Escalante-Glorsky's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Escalante-Glorsky include inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Escalante-Glorsky accepts TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky speaks Spanish. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky's 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, acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Wendell Kevan Clarkston, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii, Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Wendell Clarkston practices adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Clarkston include hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Clarkston attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Clarkston has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. 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: , 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. Fadi Suheil Hamid, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii, Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Fadi Hamid is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Hamid studied medicine at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hamid's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. 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. Christopher Gene Larsen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Christopher Larsen works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Larsen include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Larsen's professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Larsen honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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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. Geoffrey Carl Slayden, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1, Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Geoffrey Slayden is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients gave Dr. Slayden an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then he performed his residency 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. Michael Robert Arroyo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1, Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Michael Arroyo works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His training includes a residency program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Arroyo's areas of expertise include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Arroyo accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. His 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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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Colon Problems, Nissen ... (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 is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology, trauma surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). His areas of expertise include concussion, intensive care, and gallstones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Christian Hospital and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Winfield attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Shands at the University of Florida. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , appendicitis

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

Dr. George Brent Sorensen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; #530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. G. Sorensen specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Missouri Health System. Dr. Sorensen has a special interest in gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include 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. Lee S Cummings, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 304
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Lee Cummings is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. He is especially interested in kidney transplant and liver transplant. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Cummings obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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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
4401 Wornall Road; Department of Radiology
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Shaya Ansari's medical specialty is diagnostic radiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ansari include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), thyroid ultrasound, and crohn's disease. Dr. Ansari is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Ansari (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Persian, and Portuguese. Dr. Ansari's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1; Suite 336
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Richard Hill is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Hill has indicated that his clinical interests include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hill honors. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

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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, who practices in Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck cancer. He is affiliated with Liberty Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Dr. Subramanian attended Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute for medical school. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. In Dr. Smeltzer's practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. He trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for his residency. Dr. Smeltzer honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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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.