We found 15 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and acid reflux (GERD). Her professional affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky obtained her medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Patient ratings for Dr. Escalante-Glorsky average 4.5 stars out of 5. TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Escalante-Glorsky takes.

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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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Clarkston's areas of expertise consist of hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Clarkston's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Olathe Health, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville.

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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
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. James Kim is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He speaks Korean. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, and esophagus problems. Dr. Kim is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Rhode Island Hospital. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Fadi Hamid is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hamid is especially interested in crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus.

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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
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Christopher Larsen is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Before completing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Larsen attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Larsen accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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: Wheezing, Dizziness, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Winfield is a specialist in trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). These areas are among his clinical interests: concussion, intensive care, and gallstones. Dr. Winfield is affiliated with Christian Hospital and The University of Kansas Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as 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. George Brent Sorensen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. G. Sorensen's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. After attending the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Missouri Health System. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sorensen include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. 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. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Cummings performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. His areas of expertise include small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, 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 practices diagnostic radiology in Kansas City, MO. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Ansari performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ansari include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), thyroid ultrasound, and crohn's disease. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Ansari (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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. Geoffrey Carl Slayden, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Geoffrey Slayden specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Slayden's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more.

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

Dr. Janakiraman Subramanian is a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck cancer. Dr. Subramanian's professional affiliations include Liberty Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

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 is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. Dr. Arroyo has indicated that his clinical interests include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and da vinci surgery. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Arroyo attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Colon Problems, Nissen Fundoplication, Da Vinci ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ashiq Masood is a specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Masood has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and thoracic cancer. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Masood (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. He is professionally 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. 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's areas of specialization are female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics & gynecology; he sees patients in Kansas City, MO. His clinical interests encompass rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hill takes. 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). Dr. Hill's 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's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. His areas of clinical interest consist of urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Smeltzer attended Creighton University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. His hospital/clinic 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.

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