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

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Clarkston performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His areas of expertise include hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). He takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Clarkston's professional affiliations include 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. 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 specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In her practice, Dr. Escalante-Glorsky focuses on 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. She accepts several insurance carriers, including TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Escalante-Glorsky performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. She is conversant in 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist. His clinical interests include crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Hamid's professional affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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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. Dr. Kim speaks Korean. He has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, and esophagus problems. He is professionally affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Kim performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. G. Sorensen practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise consist of gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Sorensen accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sorensen trained 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. Geoffrey Carl Slayden, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Geoffrey Slayden practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Dr. Slayden obtained his medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Slayden is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. Dr. Cummings takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. 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
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Shaya Ansari is a specialist in diagnostic radiology. He works in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Ansari's clinical interests include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), fistula, and thyroid ultrasound. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Ansari (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Persian, and Portuguese. Dr. Ansari is professionally 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, 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's areas of specialization are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Subramanian has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck cancer. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He is a graduate of Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute. His medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. Dr. Subramanian is professionally 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'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. 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 in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency 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, who practices in Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in urogynecology. His clinical interests include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Hill attended Creighton University School of Medicine. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more.

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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's medical specialty is adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Masood (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal cancer, solid tumor, and clinical trials. Dr. Masood's 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 takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice.

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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 practices adult hematology and adult oncology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in 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 graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smeltzer accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Genitourinary 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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