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We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HealthLink near Kansas City, MO.

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

Dr. Wendell Clarkston's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Clarkston is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Clinical interests for Dr. Clarkston include hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Clarkston 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. Susana Escalante Glorsky, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii, Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Susana Escalante-Glorsky works as an adult gastroenterologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Escalante-Glorsky average 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and acid reflux (GERD). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. She is in-network for TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Fadi Suheil Hamid, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii, Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Fadi Hamid specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at 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. Dr. Hamid's areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hamid 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: , 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
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii, Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. James Kim works as a gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kim include inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, and esophagus problems. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim accepts. Dr. Kim attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at Rhode Island Hospital for his residency. Dr. Kim is conversant in Korean. 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: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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 general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Slayden is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Christopher Gene Larsen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Christopher Larsen is an otolaryngologist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Larsen's areas of expertise include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larsen takes. He 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: 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
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1, Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

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. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Arroyo accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Arroyo attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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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
4320 Wornall Road; #530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. G. Sorensen is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sorensen takes. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and residency 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 practices anesthesiology, trauma surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Areas of expertise for Dr. Winfield include concussion, intensive care, and gallstones. Dr. Winfield's hospital/clinic affiliations include Christian Hospital and The University of Kansas Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Shands at the University of Florida for residency.

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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 304
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Lee Cummings is a specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. He works in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Cummings's areas of expertise include small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of Maimonides Medical Center's residency program. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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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
4401 Wornall Road; Department of Radiology
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Shaya Ansari is a specialist in diagnostic radiology. Dr. Ansari's clinical interests include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), thyroid ultrasound, and crohn's disease. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Ansari trained 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. He 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
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1; Suite 336
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Richard Hill's medical specialty is female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics & gynecology. His areas of expertise include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hill is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Hill completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is professionally affiliated with 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 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). Clinical interests for Dr. Subramanian include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck cancer. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute for medical school, Dr. Subramanian completed his residency training at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. His professional 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. Jacob Paul Smeltzer, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii Suite 4000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jacob Smeltzer, who practices in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO, is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Smeltzer attended Creighton University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smeltzer include urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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.