We found 10 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HealthLink near Kansas City, MO.

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Wendell Kevan Clarkston MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 240
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Wendell Clarkston's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clarkston include hepatobiliary disorders, ulcerative colitis, and acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Clarkston is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Olathe Health, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr Susana EscalanteGlorsky MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
Average rating 4.34 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Susana Escalante-Glorsky practices adult gastroenterology. She has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Escalante-Glorsky's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Escalante-Glorsky 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, Acid Reflux

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

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

Dr. Fadi Hamid is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Hamid has a special interest in crohn's disease, hydrogen breath test, and ulcerative colitis. His professional affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Hamid 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: Ulcerative Colitis, Manometry, Hydrogen Breath Test, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

James W Kim MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 1.37 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
4321 Washington Street; Medical Plaza Iii Suite 5100
Kansas City, MO

Dr. James Kim specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Kim focuses on inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, and esophagus problems. He is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at Rhode Island Hospital for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Kim speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , Inflammatory Bowel Disease

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Esophagus Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr Lee S Cummings MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 240
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Lee Cummings practices general surgery and transplant surgery. Before performing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Cummings attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Cummings's areas of clinical interest consist of small intestine disorders, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. 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: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Small Intestine Disorders, Kidney Transplant

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. His areas of expertise include 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 honors 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Esophageal Cancer

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

Dr Shaya Ansari MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Shaya Ansari sees patients in Kansas City, MO. His medical specialty is diagnostic radiology. His areas of expertise include the following: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), fistula, and thyroid ultrasound. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Ansari graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Ansari (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Portuguese. His professional 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, MRI, Ulcerative Colitis, Fistula, CT Scan, Thyroid Biopsy, Thyroid Ultrasound

Richard F C Hill MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
4401 Wornall Road; 3rd Floor Peet Center
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Richard Hill specializes in urogynecology and practices in Kansas City, MO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Hill attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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

All Interests: Cystocele, Rectocele, Uterine Prolapse

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 in Saint Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal cancer, solid tumor, and clinical trials. Dr. Masood is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Masood (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Cancer

All Interests: Clinical Trials, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Solid Tumor

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 is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Lees Summit, MO, Warrensburg, MO, and Kansas City, MO. In his practice, he is particularly interested in genitourinary cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Smeltzer is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and 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: 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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