Provider Profile

Saint Luke’s Care Member

Provider Profile

Hristelina S Ilieva, MD, PhD

Call to make an appointment 816-960-7620


Higher Medical Institute- Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Plovdiv,
Graduate School (1)
Okayamam Daigaku Igakubu, Okayama,
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, La Jolla, CA
University of California San Diego Health, San Diego, CA
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Philadelphia, PA
Transitional, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
Neurology, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
Neuromuscular Medicine, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psych & Neurology - Subspecialty in Neuromuscular
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology [Neurology]

Clinical Interests

  • neuromuscular disorders
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gherig's disease
  • peripheral neuropathies
  • neuromuscular junction disorders
  • electrodiagnostic studies


Dr. Ilieva specializes in adult neuromuscular disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), peripheral neuropathies, neuromuscular junction disorders, and muscle diseases.

She has achieved a broad and comprehensive training in neurology and neuroscience with emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases. She received her medical degree from Higher Medical Institute-Plovdiv in Bulgaria and PhD from Okayama University in Japan. She then expanded her skills during a post-doctoral fellowship at University of California, San Diego. She completed a residency at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and neuromuscular fellowship at Johns Hopkins, Department of Neuromuscular Medicine. She worked as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Neuromuscular Division of Johns Hopkins and additionally received training at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Dr. Ilieva has an interest in translating basic science knowledge and advances into therapies which could one day delay the progression of currently incurable conditions like ALS. Some of the stepping stones to achieve this goal will be to develop sound knowledge about possible disease biomarkers and to better understand factors that cause variability in disease presentation and progression. 

Additionally, in collaboration with Dr. John Spertus at the Saint Luke's Mid-America Heart Institute, Dr. Ilieva and the neurology team at the Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute will develop neurology-focused outcomes research.

Accepted Insurances

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna Choice POS II Aexcel Local
  • Aetna Choice POS II Local
  • Aetna Elect Choice
  • Aetna Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna HMO Local
  • Aetna Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
  • Aetna Managed Choice
  • Aetna MDOT & Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Missouri Preferred
  • Aetna MU myChoice Health Program
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select
  • Aetna Select Local
  • Aetna Signature Administrators (ASA)
  • Aetna Workers Comp
  • BCBS of Kansas (call provider)
  • BCBS of Kansas City (PPO)
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network Select
  • BCBS of Kansas City Preferred Care
  • BCBS of Kansas City Preferred Care Blue
  • BCBS of Kansas City Traditional
  • Blue Medicare Advantage Access (PPO)
  • Blue Medicare Advantage Complete (HMO)
  • Blue Medicare Advantage Essential (PPO)
  • Blue Medicare Advantage Plus (HMO)
  • Century Health Solutions (PPO)
  • Cigna (HMO)
  • Cigna (Open Access)
  • Cigna (PPO)
  • CompResults (WC)
  • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
  • Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra (PPO)
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Choice of Northwest Missouri (PPO)
  • Healthcare USA-MC+ (Aetna Better Health)
  • HealthLink (HMO)
  • HealthLink (PPO) through Freedom Network
  • Home State Health Plan (Missouri practices)
  • Humana (PPOx)
  • Humana Choice Care (PPO)
  • Humana Choice PPO (Medicare Advantage PPO)
  • Humana Community (HMO)
  • Humana Gold Choice Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO SNP
  • Humana SmartExpress PPO
  • Humana SmartNet PPO
  • Humana SmartSuite PPO
  • HumanaOne
  • Integrated Health Plan
  • Kansas Medicaid
  • Medica Connect
  • Medica Select
  • Medicare
  • Missouri Care (Missouri practices only)
  • Missouri Medicaid
  • MultiPlan/PCHS (PPO)
  • Occupational Health Management (WC)
  • OHARA Managed Care (WC)
  • ProviDRs Care Network (formerly WPPA)
  • Pyramid Life (Medicare Advantage PPO)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Sunflower State Health Plan (Kansas practices)
  • Triwest Veterans Affairs Patient Centered Community Care
  • United Healthcare Choice
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • United Healthcare Definity Health Reimbursement Account
  • United Healthcare Definity Health Savings Account
  • United Healthcare Golden Rule HMO
  • United Healthcare Indemnity
  • United Healthcare Managed Indemnity
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select
  • United Healthcare Select Plus
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare DH
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare DH-POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare DP
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare RDP
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Choice
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Choice Essential
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Complete
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Complete Essential
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Complete Plus
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare DH
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Plus Essential
  • US Department of Labor

On Staff At

  • Saint Luke's East Hospital
  • Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
  • Saint Luke's North Hospital–Barry Road
  • Saint Luke's North Hospital–Smithville
  • Saint Luke's South Hospital