We found 15 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry near Overland Park, KS.

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Dr. Wendell Kevan Clarkston, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 260
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Wendell Clarkston is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clarkston include hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Clarkston is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Olathe Health, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. He 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). He honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. 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. Susana Escalante Glorsky, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 260
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Susana Escalante-Glorsky specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky's clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and acid reflux (GERD). She is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. She takes TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Jon A Horine, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5701 W 119th Street; #410
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Jon Horine's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: polyps, colon cancer, and hepatitis. Dr. Horine is affiliated with Research Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University, Dr. Horine attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Horine's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and CorVel, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Fadi Suheil Hamid, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 260
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Fadi Hamid practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hamid studied medicine at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. His 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. His areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. 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
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 260
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. James Kim is an adult gastroenterologist. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, and esophagus problems. Dr. Kim accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Kim attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. He speaks 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. George Brent Sorensen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 500b
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. G. Sorensen is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sorensen completed a residency program at the University of Missouri Health System. Dr. Sorensen has indicated that his clinical interests include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. 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. Geoffrey Carl Slayden, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 500b
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Geoffrey Slayden's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Slayden is 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Slayden takes.

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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' medical specialty is general surgery and transplant surgery. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. Dr. Cummings's clinical interests include small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cummings accepts. Dr. Cummings's professional 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 works as a diagnostic radiologist. Dr. Ansari's clinical interests include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), fistula, and thyroid ultrasound. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 (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, Fistula, Ablation, CT Scan, Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Janakiraman Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 580
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Janakiraman Subramanian is an adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Subramanian include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck cancer. His professional affiliations include Liberty Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Subramanian takes. Dr. Subramanian attended Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute and then went on to complete his residency 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
12330 Metcalf Avenue; Suite 500b
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Michael Arroyo specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arroyo include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Arroyo is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Arroyo takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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
4401 Wornall Road; 3rd Floor Peet Center
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Richard Hill's medical specialty is urogynecology. He has a special interest in rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hill honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Hill attended Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Hill 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

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
5701 W 119th Street; Suite 102
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Daniel Kloster is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist. Before performing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Kloster attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kloster include knee problems, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, Workers' Compensation, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kloster honors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Radiculopathy, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ashiq Masood, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Masood (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Masood include gastrointestinal cancer, solid tumor, and clinical trials. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more.

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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 specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology and practices in Warrensburg, MO, Lees Summit, MO, and Kansas City, MO. His areas of expertise include the following: urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is affiliated with Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. Dr. Smeltzer accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, he performed 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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