DIGESTIVE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT AHEAD OF THE CURVE…
Each year our gastroenterologists perform thousands of endoscopic procedures, and we are proud to be the first medical group to bring many new technologies to the Topeka healthcare community.
Our gastroenterology providers also go to rural areas such as Sabetha, Burlington, Atchison, and Leavenworth for outreach clinics.
Since 1998, the physicians and staff at KMC Gastroenterology have been committed to providing the highest quality of digestive medical care. Our gastroenterologists diagnose and treat thousands of patients each year with a wide range of challenging problems including but not limited to:
Signs and Symptoms of Digestive Conditions
Abdominal Pain Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Heartburn Celiac Disease
Hemorrhoids Barrett’s Esophagus
Diarrhea Colon Cancer
Constipation Crohn’s Disease
Nausea and Vomiting Ulcerative Colitis
Digestive Disorders Lactose Intolerance
Cirrhosis of the Liver Diverticular Disease
Hepatitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Learn more about our Gastroenterology Clinical Trials
COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING
COLON CANCER IS 90% PREVENTABLE AND 90% TREATABLE
COLON CANCER IS THE SECOND LEADING CANCER KILLER IN MEN AND WOMEN
If you are 50 or over, schedule your screening colonoscopy with Dr. Challa and Dr. Datti today.
Advanced Practice Clinicians:
APRNs and PAs When most people go to the doctor, they assume they’re going to see an MD, but that’s actually just one of the many kinds of medical professionals who can help you stay healthy.
Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs) are an integral part of our healthcare teams and have a track record of delivering high-quality specialty care. They consist of physician assistants (PA) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). Both PAs and APRNs provide high-quality specialty care for our patients. Similar to physicians, both require advanced clinical training and education beyond their initial medical training.
What is the difference between a physician assistant (PA) and an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)?
The most significant difference between a PA and an APRN is in their educational preparation.
A PA attends an intense, graduate-level program with many of the same courses taken by physicians and receives a master’s degree. Physician assistants follow a disease-centered model, in which they focus on the biologic and pathologic components of health, and also practice assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
An APRN is a registered nurse who attends graduate-level, advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. APRNs follow a patient-centered model, in which they focus on disease prevention and health education and handle assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. APRNs either have a master’s or doctoral degree.
What our APRNs and PAs want you to know:
• We are educated and qualified to care for your health. PAs and APRNs receive years of additional training after their undergraduate education, including a masters or doctoral degree. PAs and APRNs practice under the rules and regulations of the state and are board-certified licensed healthcare professionals.
• We can provide for your healthcare needs. In most cases, PAs and APRNs can exclusively provide for your healthcare needs. We can prescribe medication, order blood work and perform biopsies and procedures in the clinic.
• We know our limits. We understand the level of care we are able to provide and work in sync with physicians when more advanced or surgical care is needed. We won’t hesitate to seek additional support from physicians when the need arises.
• You can call us by our first name. Many patients want to be respectful, but don’t know how to address us. We are not doctors, so calling us “Doctor” isn’t appropriate. We are comfortable with being addressed by our first name, or “Mr. or Ms.