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C. Lan Fotopoulos, M.D., an interventional physiatrist at Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics, knows that injuries which compromise mobility deserve a common-sense approach that addresses the many intricacies of injury with multi-faceted solutions. That’s the mindset taken by Dr. Fotopoulos, who along with the team of professionals at Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics, work together for the most appropriate solutions for every patient.
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ach year, 50% of Americans over the age of 18 develop a musculoskeletal injury that lasts longer than three months*. That’s around 108 million people each year,
and the numbers are on the rise. A more active lifestyle, an aging population, improved
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survival rates after disease or injury, and an increase in the incidence of obesity all contribute to the increased incidence of injury. Unfortunately, many of these incidents result in a decreased mobility that seriously impacts the life of the sufferer. One doctor, C. Lan Fotopoulos, a physiatrist with the highly respected DicksonDiveley Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic, believes that injuries that compromise mobility deserve a common-sense approach that addresses the many intricacies of injury with multi-faceted solutions. Nothing sidelines a person more than a nagging physical injury, yet many still are slow to take their injuries seriously, and assume that a “simple pain” is the same as a simple injury. Still many others believe that physiatry, the branch of medicine that diagnoses, treats, and manages disorders and injuries of the muscles, bones, and nerves is reserved for hard core athletes or those who have some form of a seriously debilitating injury.
Military Trained Precision and Big Picture Thinking A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Fotopoulos is no stranger to big picture thinking. Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation; pain medicine; sports medicine; and undersea hyperbaric medicine, his career has been marked by diversity and excitement. In addition to serving as an emergency room physician for several years, he also enjoyed a thrilling career in the military, serving as a lieutenant commander and diving and undersea medical officer in the U.S Navy. It was while serving in theaters from the Persian Gulf to North Africa that Dr. Fotopoulos studied hyperbaric and diving medicine and worked alongside Navy SEALS and other special Physiatry –– sometimes called physical medicine and rehabilitation, however, is for everyone from the professional athlete to the person experiencing long-term back pain. “Injury and the resulting pain are indiscriminate. Anyone at any age
operations teams. His career in the military provided many valuable lessons and further solidified his belief in the value of ongoing precision training and teamwork. All of this requires unfailing teamwork.
can experience disease or injury that causes severely disabling pain.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the military, and find that many
Today, with improved collaboration, the medical specialty of physiatry
elements of that experience carry over to the rest of my career,” he
is playing an important and ever-growing role in helping patients obtain
explained. “Medicine is a fraternity; you work together toward a
optimum health and mobility,” Dr. Fotopoulos shared of the more
common goal with others depending on your skill and knowledge, and
integrated medical landscape.
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Dr. Fotopoulos, who was the first, and for an extended period only physiatrist in the Kansas City area, has been fortunate to see the changes firsthand. “Pain is not a simple thing. Doctors and nurses are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, but not in the finding the cause or treating pain. And because pain is complex, it requires a team approach.” Today, a visit to the physiatrist is the first referral for most injuries whether to find the root cause of pain, prevent further damage, or effectively manage ongoing pain. This translates into a huge advantage for patient care. “Physiatrists have the advantage of looking at the whole picture. We look at the medical issue, but also how the medical issues at hand fully impact the patient’s mobility and self-care. The increasingly collaborative atmosphere of medicine makes this even more beneficial,” he furthered. KCH&S HEALTHY KANSAS CITY 2016
you depending on theirs. Providing ongoing communication, respect,
challenges faced by medical professionals, and saw that mutual
and commitment to my colleagues is very important to me.”
respect is a critical component in patient care. My father’s example is
Dickson-Diveley, which sees a high volume of sports patients ranging from school-age to professional athletes, is well-known for its highly collaborative atmosphere. “It is an exceptional organization and a true team that constantly
the source of my dedication to the patient, as well as the respect I feel toward other physicians.”
Physiatry, the Perfect Fit
lays the foundation for optimum results. I have the opportunity to
Ultimately having developed a love for biomechanics, Dr. Fotopoulos
follow the patient working in non-operative care, but also consulting
decided to dedicate his career to physiatry. It was his father who
in surgeries, and then see the patient afterward to help direct their
suggested he pursue Dickson-Diveley, the oldest and most respected
therapy. This dynamic pushes everyone forward and challenges us
orthopaedic clinic in Kansas City.
professionally to provide care that exceeds expectations.”
Dr. Fotopoulos has a deep respect for the medical community and values the relationships formed within the medical community. This
“I have never once regretted either of those decisions,” Dr. Fotopoulos affirmed. “I enjoy doing what I love in an atmosphere where teamwork and collaboration work for the most appropriate solutions.” While medicine is complex, finding solutions does not have to be, he asserts.
respect was formed very early; having grown up with a surgeon father
“The best answers lie in approaching the problem with the
and mother who was a nurse and head of the OB/GYN and cardiac
understanding that every member of the team has something valuable
nursing at the old Kansas City General Hospital, you can say medicine
to offer. Together it is possible to get to the root cause and find a
is in his DNA.
comprehensive answer. However, there are times when the answers
His father C. K. Fotopoulos, the only surviving child of Greek immigrants who had four older siblings die from a Mediterranean anemia by age 2, worked tirelessly to achieve a highly successful and
lie outside of the most aggressive treatments.”
Options and Answers
respected career in medicine. It is the influence of his father that drives
The mission of physical medicine and rehabilitation is to enhance
the younger Fotopoulos.
function and provide the fullest quality of life possible to the patient,
“Growing up in a physician’s home, I grew to understand the 6
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while using the most conservative modalities available.
Educating the patient is an important part of the process.
offer rapid relief, increased mobility, and low complication rates in cases
“We work to provide patients with the information they need to
of osteoporotic fractures."
make informed decisions and encourage them to be full participants in
Radio frequency ablation is yet another treatment for chronic back
their own care, whether that involves lifestyle changes, non-surgical
pain and currently is also being used for the treatment of continued
treatments, surgery, or a combination of these things,” explains
knee pain after total knee athroplasty.
Dr. Fotopoulos. With continual advances in the field, the options today are vast.
The Complexities of Pain
“Where some conditions and injuries were once completely
It is estimated that in the United States more than 76 million people
debilitating, today they can be treated and managed. The development
suffer from pain. Pain can be chronic or acute, such as post-surgical
and availability of advanced procedure helps us address pain more
pain, and how each person experiences pain is quite different. Dealing
successfully than ever before.”
with pain is not an exact science, a fact that helps keep things in
Examples of those procedures performed by Dr. Fotopoulos are
perspective for Dr. Fotopoulos.
Spinal Cord Stimulation, SCS
“While physicians are more likely to refer to a physiatrist immediately
and minimally invasive lumbar
upon injury or when a patient is experiencing pain of undetermined
decompression, or MILD.
origin, the general public remains mostly unaware of the of the simple
Spinal Cord Stimulation is
things they can do to avoid having the need to see someone like me,”
intractable pain of the trunk
No matter the age, when a person is faced with limited mobility, their
and limbs caused by failed
life becomes vastly different. This not only hinders the enjoyment of
back surgery and peripheral
life, it can also hinder productivity and the ability to live life fully.
neuropathy. MILD treatment
“Certainly, dealing with pain is complex but one of the best things
is used for patients who have
about this profession is the ability to help patients achieve relief and
developed nerve compression
restore the ability to live their lives more fully, whether that means
secondary to central spinal
enjoying sports, and active family life, or a productive work life. At the
stenosis in addition to lumbar
end of the day, nothing really compares to knowing that you helped to
give your patients part of their lives back. That is about as rewarding
“The classic symptoms are
as a job can get.”
a back pain and someone whose legs hurt when he or she walks,” explains Dr. Fotopoulos, one of the first and few physicians in the Kansas City area qualified to perform MILD. Another option in relief he shares, is transforaminal injection. “A transforaminal injection is an injection of long acting steroid into the opening at the side of the spine where a nerve root exists. The steroid reduces inflammation and swelling of the spinal nerve roots and surrounding tissues, reducing the pain caused by swelling.” Diverse options also exist for common problems such as osteoporotic fractures, says Dr. Fotopoulos. “Sacroplasty, vertebroplasty and balloon assisted kyphoplasty all KCH&S HEALTHY KANSAS CITY 2016
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ancer and blood disorders cut against all boundaries of age, sex, race, and economic status. Men, women, and children of all background experience the complications
associated with these conditions, some of which are painful or life-threatening. At Kansas Institute of Medicine Cancer and Blood Center in Lenexa, the battle against cancer and other blood related disorders does not have to be a lonely one. As
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the only community based oncology and hematology practice in the area, the KIM Cancer and Blood Center team is dedicated to making sure patients never have to choose between high-quality care and staying within the close proximity of their family and community support system. Getting through challenging times –– such as cancer treatment or other types of blood disorders –– requires much more than having an accurate diagnosis. It requires all of the elements of treatments, technologies and outside support coming together to form the most advantageous conditions possible to deal with a serious health condition. The Cancer and Blood Center began a year ago with that mission in mind explains its founder, Dr. Kelley Young, who having experience in a large hospital setting saw the value in bringing oncology and hematology to the community level.
“We are unique because we are the only privately owned community based hematology/oncology practice in the area. Community based
Hospice and Palliative Medicine also comes from a background at a larger facility.
care is very valuable because health care delivery is greatly enhanced
“I came to the Kansas Institute of Medicine Cancer and Blood
by the personal doctor/patient relationship we offer, which includes
Center because I wanted to dedicate myself to more personalized
involving the family or primary support team.”
care. We really focus on quality of care versus quantity of care. When
Dr. Young, who is a Board Certified Oncologist/Hematologist,
patients come here, they get the time and support that they need and
specializes in Hematology and Oncology and treats a wide variety of
deserve,” shared Dr. Breier as he spoke of the importance of quality
cancer diagnoses and blood disorders, recognizes the many obstacles
time with patients.
patients face when managing health care. “Community based care allows patients to receive leading-edge
For the Cancer and Blood Center, progress always equals enhanced patient care.
therapies while maintaining the critical ties of support with their local
“Our goal is to continue to find better ways to serve our patients,
and personal communities. It also eliminates the problems of logistics,
and never being satisfied with something that is good enough. We
and having to travel long distances while not feeling at one’s best.
want to ensure that every patient has all the time they need to ask
Those things can become serious barriers for patients.”
There’s No Place Like Home
questions and understand their diagnosis. This is a very important part
One of the most distressing aspects about dealing with cancer and
most support and the easiest access to the most advanced and
other disorders is disconnecting from the normalcy of life in order to
comprehensive treatments available,” Dr. Breier continued.
obtain treatment. For some that means an extended amount of time
of providing real support, as well as the development of the most beneficial treatment plans. Progress is about giving patients the
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away from home. For others it could mean having their schedules so significantly disrupted that it is difficult to maintain their normal routines. “When a patient is dealing with a significant health issue, the process of receiving treatment can cause them to become disconnected from the many things that matter in life. This makes all of the things surrounding treatment take center stage, which can become even more stressful. The ability to maintain a normal routine is very beneficial to patients. Work and other activities provide a welcomed distraction as well as help maintain ties to friends, family, and support groups,” Dr. Young shared of the practicality of attaining care. Community based care makes maintaining a normal schedule and regular routine much more feasible.
A Year of Progress
The response to the practice has been overwhelmingly positive, and has brought many exciting changes to the Cancer and Blood Center. One of the most notable milestones was the arrival of Dr. Rolando Breier in December of 2015. Dr. Breier, whose Board Certifications include Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine,
From left to right... MaryBeth Davis, RN, April Berry, RN,
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technologies without having to leave their support system behind or having to temporarily relocate. “Clinical trials are not for every patient, but for those who are good candidates, they receive the most promising treatments as early as possible. Many patients respond very positively to them, which is important. Participating is not
Community Care Means Increased Options
always an easy decision however. In a community-based atmosphere, the patient receives the added support that is so helpful
There are several common misconceptions about community based
in navigating the process,” Dr. Young explained of the availability
care which The Cancer and Blood Center wished to dispel. Many
of clinical trials.
people believe that community care limits the patient’s options, or that the options are different or less advanced than are available in other medical settings. Nothing, however, can be further from the truth. “Community-based care doesn’t mean limited options. In fact it means more efficiency in accessing all of your options,” contends Dr. Breier. Patients of the KIM Cancer and Blood Center are not limited to one hospital, but have access to several of the top hospitals in the
World-Class Medical Oncology Treatments Patients with cancer need more than an accurate diagnosis. Realizing this, Cancer and Blood Center works tirelessly to make best of class treatments available locally. Dr. Young understands the patient advantage of having these services available locally, and more personally.
area. The center is staffed with attentive and experienced medical Oncologists, Oncology Certified Nurses and pharmacist, and a highly trained nutritionist. “These are not people new to the field, but have been in oncology for years, bringing vast experience,” he continued. The center treats advanced cancers, such as head and neck cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, Leukemia, and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with the most leading-edge technologies. The team works collaboratively with physicians from a wide range of specialties to fully understand the patient’s cancer and to coordinate care. “Patients have access to all of the diagnostic, treatments, and technologies available today, but in a very personalized and intimate atmosphere,” added Dr. Young. Patients who are favorable candidates additionally have the advantage of access to nationally reviewed clinical trials. This is a tremendous benefit to the patient as they receive academic, leading
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Kelley Young, MD and Rolando Breier, MD
“Care must go well beyond simply delivering treatments. We understand this and embrace our broader responsibility of fostering relationships that will help our patients. We encourage family participation and provide support to caregivers. We also encourage patients to become involved in community support groups. Most
Rolando Breier, MD and April Berry, RN “Patients dealing with cancer need easy access to the treatments that will relieve the symptoms; slow the growth and spread and often cure the disease. Patients may require treatments such as
importantly, we dedicate ourselves to staying aware of the latest advances, and knowing every aspect of our patients’ diagnosis. It is our firm belief that patients deserve the full efforts of every team member,” Dr. Young firmly asserted.
The Changing Face of Medicine
chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone based therapies among
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014 and 2015, there
other treatments. It is especially important that patients have a team
are over 14 million Americans living with a cancer diagnosis at some
that works collaboratively to ensure that every aspect of care is
stage of new diagnosis, active treatment or in remission with need for
monitored, while also receiving continual support.”
ongoing followup. With the many advances in targeted therapies and
Specialized Care in a Warm Environment While patients want and deserve the most advanced care possible,
other rapidly advancing technologies available locally, patients now have a choice about how they receive treatment. At KIM Cancer and Blood Center, serious diseases can be battled from the home front.
the environment in which the care is received is equally important. “We realize that every aspect of a facility has the potential to either enhance or detract from the patient experience. We have made a special effort to consider the patient needs and perspective in the design of the facility,” Dr. Young explained. Walking into the center, patients are immediately greeted warmly. The space is situated for maximum efficiency, while still providing maximum comfort. Large enough to house every aspect of cancer and blood care, the facility does not feel overly clinical or cavernous. Infusion services, for example, are available on site and the spacious rooms accommodate the patient, as well as any family or friends that are along for support. “Patients never feel lost in a maze of hallways, or alone in any aspect of their care,” Dr. Breier affirms. “The space is warm and intimate, and it is easy to become familiar and feel at home.”
United for Care
Great care is more than administering treatments for the team at Cancer and Blood Center. It is about leveraging every element of healthcare, as well as other facets such as family, in the most powerful and beneficial ways to benefit the patient and help them battle against cancer and blood diseases.
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he American culture is increasingly busy and multifaceted, placing new and
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supervised weight loss clinic. In 2012, Dr. Mirabile combined his three separate practices into one location, forming Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness, located in Overland Park, KS. “As I listened to my patients, I had a growing awareness of their needs and how to meet them in a way that accommodated them, fusing the most advanced services and technologies in beauty, health, and wellness into one state-of-the-art facility. We achieved this three years ago in Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health & Wellness, having medical aesthetics, gynecology, hormone replacement therapy and medically
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Astonishingly, many women will delay gynecological services, though such services are an integral part of a woman’s comprehensive health care. One of the biggest barriers to care is true accessibility. Beyond having a convenient location, patients today want those services in an atmosphere comfortable to them at every stage of their life. Without that, patients are far less likely to access the care. “We understand that women want and require different gynecological services at
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uterine ablation device, Minerva, to treat women with heavy periods. Minerva offers many advantages over previous uterine ablation technology. Dr. Mirabile is proud to have been chosen as the first physician in the world to use Minerva post clinical trials. Dr. Mirabile has a genuine interest in making certain that his patient’s compassionate care leverages the newest advances in gynecological treatment and the most effective and comprehensive treatment
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy plan available.
Rather than being an event that can be marked with a single point in time, menopause happens slowly over the span of a woman’s reproductive life. In the process, hormonal changes and imbalances can create a myriad of problems including such things as hot flashes, mood swings, chronic fatigue, and diminished interest in normal activities.
The practice added SottoPelle to their BHRT offering a few years
Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance are
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James Mirabile, M.D. as its new Medical Director. SottoPelle founder,
symptoms, rather than dealing with the cause.
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“Women have more demands put on them today than ever before. In many cases, women are juggling demanding careers along with motherhood and being the best mom, sister, daughter, friend they can be. Women who are suffering from hormonal imbalance often
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antidepressant or some other synthetic drug to help alleviate these
toxins, and the natural aging process are other key variables that can
symptoms. This is a Band-Aid approach. We can solve the root cause
damage the healthy, glowing appearance of our facial skin.
of the problem with BHRT.”
Looking and feeling one’s best is an important part a person’s
Dr. Mirabile explained the therapy.
overall well-being, and fortunately has never been easier. MedCosmetic’s
“BHRT offers an effective, safe option for patients needing to restore
founder and on-site Medical Director, Dr. James Mirabile, is a pioneer
hormonal balance. Unlike synthetic hormones, BHRT closely matches
in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Mirabile has been responsible for training
what your body once made on its own. So, we are naturally restoring
doctors and medical professionals nationally on laser treatments.
what you once had. We also treat men. Men of all ages suffer from low
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“We treat virtually any skin condition, non-surgically. Our Registered Nurse injector is highly skilled and has become known as one of the best injectors in the area. Our Licensed Estheticians (LE’s) are all very knowledgeable about skin care. One of our LE’s is NCEA Certified –– only a few in the country have this honor and represents the highest skin care credential in the U.S.,” he shares of the practice, one of the
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weight loss. Different than other weight loss options, medical weight
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Multifaceted Care is More Than Convenient
The multicare practice offers much more than convenience. Many aspects of care are interrelated. “Often times a patient may come to us for a specific concern and then, because many conditions are interrelated, we find that another condition is the underlying cause. For example, a weight loss patient may learn that she has hormonal imbalance. Once we solve the hormonal imbalance issue, she is more successful in her weight loss efforts.” That fusion of efforts and technology leveraged for ultimate success is really the heart of Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness. Every member of the team works tirelessly to help people reclaim their lives, whether they are treating a person for hormone deficiency, weight loss or acne, they are making a difference in their lives. “I find this work is some of the most rewarding I have ever done. “The tools that medically we use to help you manage your weight
The practice I have today is what I dreamed of over 20 years ago when
are very different from what you find with many commercial programs,”
I went into private practice. I have a wonderful staff of people who are
asserts Dr. Mirabile.
passionate about what they do and who truly care for our patients. I
Rather than aiming purely for weight loss, the goal is a lifestyle
couldn’t ask for better group of people to associate myself with or
change with the medical team, which includes a nurse practitioner,
to spend my days with. I want every patient to feel welcome here. I
registered nurse, registered dietitians and nutritionists, all working
believe in treating my patients the way I would want to be treated or
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Midwest Gastroenterology TAORMINA, MCCULLOUGH AND LOZOFF
From left to right... Marc K. Taormina, M.D.,
R. Wade McCullough, D.O. and Richard Lozoff, M.D.
ansas City is blessed with a cornucopia of physicians specializing in all areas of medicine. Insurance aside, you can pick and choose the ones that you believe are
best suited and most qualified to meet your personal health needs. It may take a bit of research on your part, and perhaps a bit of trial and error, but when it comes to selecting the best gastroenterology specialists in the metro area, perhaps this article will save you appreciable time and effort in that regard. First of all, what is gastroenterology? Essentially, it is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the stomach and intestines. A gastroenterologist, then, is someone who studies and treats the function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gall bladder, bile ducts and liver. If that makes you a bit squeamish, consider the idea that a gastroenterologist is one who can perform a short-term procedure that can provide long term benefits, depending upon the health issue at hand. Dr. Marc Taormina of Midwest Gastroenterology Center
3601 NW Ralph Powell Road Lee's Summit, MO 64064
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in Lee’s Summit, Missouri is one such specialist. Success stories come in all shapes and sizes, and when considering the hallmarks of the contributing factors that shape that success and the inspirational elements behind it, sometimes it’s good to begin with the end in mind…literally. When you become a patient of Dr. Taormina of the Midwest Gastroenterology Center, your health, comfort, satisfaction and peace of mind are what he and his team of dedicated
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and has been in practice since 1982. He opened Midwest Gastroenterology Center in 1998, with a primary presence in Lee’s Summit, Missouri since 2003. Dr. Taormina is affiliated with Centerpoint Medical Center and is also the Medical Director of the Midwest Physicians Surgery Center in Lee’s Summit, the center’s own endoscopy center dedicated just to GI procedures. However, this accomplished physician’s passion for medicine began before he was even old enough to drive. “I knew I was going to be a doctor when I was 13 years old,” he recalled, referencing his upbringing in the inner city. “I was there when my dad died in the middle of the night at home from cardiac arrest. I thought to myself ‘if only I’d known what to do, I could have saved him.’” That’s a tough burden to place upon your heart, but it truly intoxicated Dr. Taormina’s desire to pursue a calling in medicine, and while he stood helpless as his father took his last breath, his inherent drive professionals work tirelessly to provide. No matter what service,
and determination to help others has put a positive light on the face of
procedure, or consultation you require, in the end you know that this
medicine for more than three decades.
experienced team will always keep your best interests in mind.
But Dr. Taormina had a few obstacles of his own to overcome
Obviously it can be quite the literary challenge to write a story that
before he obtained the designation of Medical Doctor. After the death
discusses such topics as endoscopies, gastrointestinal diseases and
of his father, his family slid down the economic scale, staring poverty
colonoscopies without breaking the ice with some sort of joke, and
in the eye, making the dream of attending medical school just that ––
Dr. Taormina would probably be the first to admit to that sentiment.
a dream. He pushed himself academically as a stellar student at East
Without question, initial conclusion of his personality reveals a medical
High School and fortunately, with the assistance of scholarships, Dr.
professional of great character and integrity tempered with a laid back
Taormina became a member of the inaugural class of the University
and easy going style. He has a welcoming presence coupled with a
of Missouri –– Kansas City School of Medicine’s six year B.A./M.D.
relaxed sense of humor, and somehow you feel there is really no
program, a journey not for the faint of heart.
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reason to put off that gastrointestinal (GI) procedure you’ve been dreading, such as that routine colonoscopy your primary care doctor keeps reminding you to get. Clearly passionate about what he does, Dr. Taormina confidently pontificates with enthusiasm and excitement for his chosen profession, and for good reason. After all, he is in the business of saving lives. Having completed thousands upon thousands of GI procedures over the course of his career, it’s easy to understand why so many people put their health in his hands. A Kansas City native, Dr. Taormina graduated from medical school in 1977, completing the accelerated six-year program at the University of Missouri –– Kansas City School of Medicine. From there he transitioned to an internship at Baylor Medical Center in Houston, Texas and also acquired five years of postgraduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a facility in Honolulu, completing a Fellowship in Gastroenterology. He is triple board certified in the specialties of
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From left to right... Marc K. Taormina, M.D.,
R. Wade McCullough, D.O. and Richard Lozoff, M.D.
“It was a very rigorous program,” he recalled. “But I ended up graduating a semester early when I was just 23 years old.”
technology, the success rate for colon screening is over 99% and the doctors are able to provide key diagnostic information to patients
Because of the scholarships Dr. Taormina received during the
and doctors quickly and accurately. Using high-quality images and an
course of his education, he was able to fulfill his dream and as a result
advanced recording system, the records can be immediately faxed to
has recently donated funds to the UMKC School of Medicine to assist
the referring physician.
medical students who are facing similar economic challenges he faced
Dr. Taormina urges people to get a routine colonoscopy at age 50
and to mentor those students while giving back to a school that
(at age 45 for African Americans) and at age 40 if you have a family
gave him so much. Dr. Taormina is one for whom kindness and
history of the disease. Despite being the the second most common
compassion are genuine instincts, and those traits are something he
form of cancer in both men and women in the United States, colon
extends to everyone, especially his patients.
cancer –– it is preventable, which is why routine screenings are
“It’s our goal to ensure our patients have a relaxed and comfortable
important for early detection. Unfortunately, many people die every
experience at our facility,” he noted. “We understand that going to a
year because they fail to obtain proper screening. Dr. Taormina would
hospital to have these types of procedures done is not always desired,
ideally like to narrow that number down to zero.
so we provide a non-clinical, welcoming and comforting environment.”
“Some of the symptoms of colon cancer can include rectal bleeding,
Operating under the umbrella company of Westglen GI Consultants
change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss and
in Shawnee, Kansas, the Midwest Gastroenterology Center provides
changes in appetite,” noted Dr. Taormina. “If detected early, it can be
top-notch medical treatment covering issues affecting the entire GI
prevented by the removal of the polyps. The disease is curable.”
tract, including heartburn, acid reflux, coughing, throat clearing,
Other symptoms of GI trouble can include difficulty with swallowing
esophageal cancer, and even liver disease, along with colon screening,
or intestinal discomfort. While some of these symptoms may be
disease education, dietary counseling and a variety of support
benign, the specialized equipment and training offered at Midwest
services. Using special instruments, the professionals at Midwest
Gastroenterology Center can mean the difference between life or
Gastroenterology Center are specifically trained to perform diagnostic
death. Dr. Taormina and his staff continually communicate with and
tests of the digestive system, including celiac disease, colon
educate patients on the importance of screening, the impact of diet,
(colorectal) cancer, and esophageal conditions. Using the latest in
and other educational directives to ensure their patients remain on the
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leading edge of understanding their health and taking control of any
exercising his culinary prowess in the kitchen. He and his wife Gail own
issues that should arise.
Roughly 80% of the procedures preformed at the center are colonoscopies, and while you may have heard stories from others who have had these done elsewhere, which is why you may have put it off unnecessarily, Midwest Gastroenterology will definitely assuage any anxiety you might have, as patient comfort is their top priority.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Lozoff to our practice,” the staff at Midwest Gastroenterology exclaims. The center is open Monday through Friday but also provides appointments one Saturday a month in the morning. “We understand that you have the choice to go anywhere in the city
“We offer low volume FDA-approved preps for colonoscopies which
to get your screenings done, but it is our goal to continually offer the
involve two liter options as opposed to the standard gallon,” noted Dr.
best in the area,” reinforced by the Midwest Gastroenterology staff. “I
Taormina, noting that these procedures are performed with Propofol,
like seeing the immediate results we can provide and the satisfaction
a short-acting medication delivered intravenously for a decreased level
that comes with giving our patients the best care possible.”
of consciousness that is administered by an anesthesia professional. “The patient is asleep through the exam, but awakens right up afterwards without complications,” said Dr. Taormina.
Midwest Gastroenterology is the only center in Western Missouri accredited by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, which recognizes physicians with a focus on advancing patient care
The center also offers new surgical hemorrhoid therapy done via
and digestive health through excellence and innovation in endoscopy.
electro cautery of the hemorrhoid which eliminates the need for
Midwest Gastroenterology Center is also accredited by the Joint
sedation and can be done on an out-patient basis.
Commission of the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH).
“And when appropriate, we can treat hemorrhoids at the time of the colonoscopy,” notes the Midwest Gastroenterology staff. For Dr. Taormina, being a physician is not just a calling, but a privilege. Empathetic and understanding, he listens with sincerity to
And with respect to the previously mentioned jokes about colonoscopies that tend to add a bit a levity to the situation, it’s safe to assume that Dr. Taormina wants every patient’s health story to have a happy ending.
each patient, offering specifically tailored treatment programs designed to save lives while simultaneously providing ultimate comfort. He is an expert in the detection and prevention of colorectal cancer, hemorrhoid treatment and managing inflammatory bowel disease, such as Chron’s disease and colitis. Working alongside Dr. Taormina is Dr. Wade McCullough, a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, formerly known as the University of Health Sciences. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Dr. McCullough has been recognized as one of America’s Top Gastroenterologists by the Consumer Health Research Council and the Midwest Health Foundation. Dr. McCullough serves on the staff of the Midwest Physicians Surgery Center, Centerpoint Ambulatory Surgical Center, St. Luke’s Northland Hospital and Liberty Hospital. Joining the team in February 2016 is Dr. Richard Lozoff, also a board certified gastroenterologist who graduated from the University of Wisconsin –– Madison and Rush University Medical College in Chicago. Additionally, he completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Hines VA/Loyola Medical Center. He has been practicing in this specialty within the Lee’s Summit area since 1985. In addition to his medical skills, Dr. Lozoff holds a degree in Culinary Arts and enjoys
Richard Lozoff, M.D. educates a patient on Gastroenterology. KCH&S HEALTHY KANSAS CITY 2016
Published on Jan 19, 2016
Published on Jan 19, 2016
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