For more than 18 years, the physicians of Kansas City Gastroenterology & Hepatology (KCGI) have served the community with advanced, high-quality GI, Liver, and therapeutic endoscopy services. Board-certified, fellowship-trained and skilled in the latest therapies, our doctors are active in numerous clinical research studies for GI, liver, and pancreatic disease treatments. These trials allow our patients to access the very latest treatments and technologies that medicine offers.
The physicians at KCGI complement their medical expertise with a total commitment to strong patient/physician relationships. Our entire staff has a very good understanding of patient sensitivity and privacy, and we do our utmost to make sure you feel comfortable and at-ease during any and all visits to our office.
KCGI offers a comprehensive range of GI, and liver, and pancreatic diagnostics and treatment, including:
Please call (816) 361-0055 to schedule an appointment. For cancelations, please provide a 24-hour notice.
Information, Hours & Directions
Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Closed on Saturday and Sunday
After hours, please call (816) 361-0055 and our answering service will inform you how to reach a physician on call. Please be considerate of the time of day you call for non-urgent questions.
6675 Holmes Rd Ste 430
Kansas City, MO 64131
fax: (816) 361-5775
5701 W 119th St Ste 410
Overland Park, KS 66209
fax: (816) 361-5775
1600 E Evergreen Dr
Cameron, MO 64429
fax: (816) 361-5775
The GI Lab
Dr. Freilich, Dr. Jafri, and Dr. Patel perform procedures in the GI Lab to help diagnose what may be the cause of the symptoms that originally made you seek assistance from your physician. Our providers will schedule a procedure in the GI Lab if they believe a test such as an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy will help them offer you the best treatment available. Our providers perform procedures in the locations listed above and at the Physicians Surgery Center.
Hepatitis Treatment Center
The Hepatitis Treatment Center (HTC) is a full service practice that specializes in the care of patients with hepatitis. Led by Dr Bradley Freilich MD, AGAF, His team has over 20 years of experience in the expert diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis. The center works in tandem with Kansas City Research Institute (Link) and the Liver and Pancreas Institute of Kansas City (Link) to provide access to the most cutting edge therapies and technologies to care for hepatitis patients. The team has participated in hundreds of clinical trials that have forged new frontiers in the treatment of hepatitis patients. Their ongoing clinical research continues to provide patients access to the latest ground breaking treatments.
The team at the HTC are the only clinicians in the area with hands on experience with all the latest treatment opportunities (link to FDA approved regimens), this is because the clinical trial team has been using these drugs for years before they become FDA approved.
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and there are many varieties. The most common forms include Non alcoholic Fatty liver disease (NAFLD) (link)caused by fatty liver, Hepatitis C (link), Hepatitis B (link)and alcoholic hepatitis (link). All forms of hepatitis may lead to the slow replacement of the liver with scar tissue also known as cirrhosis (link). Cirrhosis may lead to liver failure and liver cancer (link). By treating hepatitis before cirrhosis develops these complications are avoided.
- Kansas City Research Institute. Kansas City Research Institute (KCRI) conducts clinical trials yielding results that empower medical professionals and patients to make informed health care decisions by advancing medical knowledge, promoting new and promising treatments, and facilitating access to otherwise unobtainable medications.
- Liver and Pancreas Institute at Research Medical Center
Kansas City Gastroenterology & Hepatology is currently enrolling patients in several clinical trials for Hepatitis C as well as fatty liver, Crohns, and Ulcerative Colitis. Therapies for Hepatitis C patients who have never been treated, those who have been non responders, and/or relapsers to previous therapy are available through these clinical trials.
Studies for patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are currently examining agents for these disorders. For further information about ongoing clinical studies, please visit our clinical studies page or call Dr. Freilich and Dr. Jafri's office at (816) 361-0055. For information about other clinical trials, please visit clinicaltrials.gov. We currently have clinical research studies for diseases such as:
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C naïve
- Hep C non-responder
- Hep C relapser
Please contact Jennifer Feeback for more information about ongoing studies.
Our Doctors and Healthcare Providers
Bradley Freilich, MD
Dr. Freilich is a board-certified, fellowship-trained gastroenterologist with a special emphasis on hepatology. He is a well known academian and researcher credited with numerous articles, presentations, talks, and research projects on various aspects of liver disease. This distinction ensures that the patients under his care have access to the latest treatments and technologies to treat liver disease. In addition to his practice, Dr. Freilich serves as the medical director of the Liver & Pancreas Institute at Research Medical Center. He is a diplomat of the American Boards of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and a member of American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, American Gastroenterology Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Freilich earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Freilich then completed two fellowships at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, one in gastroenterology and the other in hepatology.
Faisal Jafri, MD
Syed Jafri, MD is a board-certified, fellowship-trained gastroenterologist with special clinical interests in diseases of the pancreas. He has advance training in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and therapeutic endoscopy. Dr. Jafri is the leading Kansas City physician in the use of SpyGlass Direct Visualization, a cutting-edge procedure that aids in diagnosis and can frequently eliminate a patients need for surgery. Dr. Jafri has served as a clinical instructor for both the University of California-Irvine and the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he was also the director of endoscopic ultrasound and therapeutic endoscopy. He is credited with numerous articles, papers, and presentations within his field. Dr. Jafri is a diplomat of the American Boards of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and an American Gastroenterology Association fellow, and has been honored with a Distinction in Community Medicine designation. Dr. Jafri earned his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Janay Kissinger, NP
Janay has been KCGI's Nurse Practitioner and sub-investigator since 1998. As the practice's nurse practitioner, Janay evaluates patients, prescribes medications and makes rounds at hospitals. In addition to the work at our practice, Janay also works as a sub-investigator for our ongoing clinical trials and studies and has been published in numerous articles and studies. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. Janay received her bachelor's in nursing from Grand View College and her Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri -Kansas City In addition to more than a decade of GI and hepatology experience, Janay has worked as a charge nurse for surgical intensive care, burn intensive care and surgical step-down units.
Paresh Patel, MD
Paresh R. Patel, MD, is a board-certified gastroenterology specialist with expertise in all areas of clinical gastroenterology and hepatology. Dr. Patel has specialized skills in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy including biopsies of the liver and endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP), a diagnostic procedure for diseases of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. Dr. Patel is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterology Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In addition to patient care, Dr. Patel also served as a clinical instructor of gastroenterology at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. He earned his medical degree from MS University, Medical College in India. Dr. Patel completed his internal medicine residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, where he also completed his gastroenterology fellowship.
Oyin Penny, NP
Oyin Penny, FNP, is a skilled and dedicated family nurse practitioner with specialized expertise in gastroenterology and hepatology. She delivers quality care to patients suffering from conditions such as hepatitis and fatty liver disease, and gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis and others. Oyin is known for her patient-centered treatments and her emphasis on preventive care as well as her clinical skills. Over the course of her career she has served in both hospital and clinic settings, serving in leadership roles such as charge nurse and as a patient educator. Oyin received a bachelor's in nursing from Central Missouri State University, where she also received her master's in nursing.
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