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

Dr. Wendell Clarkston's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Clarkston's areas of expertise include the following: hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Olathe Health, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Clarkston has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Susana Escalante Glorsky, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Susana Escalante-Glorsky practices adult gastroenterology. She is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Escalante-Glorsky is professionally affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky is in-network for TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hamid include crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. After attending the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school, 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. 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: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Dr. James W Kim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. James Kim's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, and esophagus problems. Dr. Kim accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. He 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. Christopher Gene Larsen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Christopher Larsen's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Larsen include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Dr. Larsen performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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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. 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. Dr. Sorensen's areas of expertise consist of 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. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his 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 Trauma Surgery, Critical Care
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 2005
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Robert Winfield practices trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Winfield include concussion, intensive care, and gallstones. He is professionally affiliated with Christian Hospital and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Winfield honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and residency at Shands at the University of Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Gallstones, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Sepsis, Brain Injury, ... (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 physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Dr. Slayden takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and 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. Lee S Cummings, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 240
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Lee Cummings is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. His areas of expertise consist of small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. Dr. Cummings accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. Dr. Cummings 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: 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's specialty is 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 professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Ansari attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Ansari honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Thyroid Problems, MRI, Ulcerative Colitis, Fistula, Ablation, CT Scan, Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Janakiraman Subramanian works as an oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck cancer. Dr. Subramanian takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute and then he performed 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. Michael Robert Arroyo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Michael Arroyo practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: 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. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Arroyo completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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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. Richard F. C. Hill, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 336
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Richard Hill is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in urogynecology. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. In his practice, Dr. Hill focuses on rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. Dr. Hill is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. 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 Organ Prolapse, Hysterectomy

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

Dr. Ashiq Masood is an adult oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Masood include gastrointestinal cancer, solid tumor, and clinical trials. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Masood (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. He is 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: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Clinical Trials, Immunotherapy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Solid Tumor, Cancer

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 Warrensburg, MO, Lees Summit, MO, and Kansas City, MO. His areas of expertise consist of urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. His professional affiliations include Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. Dr. Smeltzer accepts 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.

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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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