Provider Profile

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Provider Profile

John H Helzberg, MD

Call to make an appointment 816-932-4655


Medical School
Univ of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, NY
Med/Internal, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
Med/Digestive Diseas, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Subspecialty in Gastroenterology

Academic Titles

  • Marion Bloch Professor of Medicine

Clinical Interests

  • clinical liver disease
  • endoscopy / colonoscopy
  • non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • cholestatic liver disease
  • chronic hepatitis


Dr. Helzberg has been at Saint Luke's for more than 25 years. He strives to deliver compassionate, optimal medical care to patients. 

He is board certified in gastroenterology. 

  • Kansas City Super Doctor 2007- 2013
  • Best Doctors in America 1996 - 2012
  • Top Physicians in America 2002 - 2012
  • Top Doc in Kansas City, 435-South Magazine 2013
  • Best Gastroenterologist in Kansas City 2007, 2008, 2009, Kansas City Magazine

Accepted Insurances

  • Aetna Better Health/KanCare (KS Medicaid)
  • Aetna Choice POS II Aexcel Local
  • Aetna Choice POS II Local
  • Aetna Elect Choice POS
  • Aetna Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan HMO
  • Aetna First Health Network (excluding limited benefit plans)
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna HMO Local
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS
  • Aetna Medicare Plan (Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO)
  • Aetna Missouri Preferred
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select HMO
  • Aetna Select Local HMO
  • Aetna Signature Administrators (ASA) HMO, POS, PPO
  • Aetna UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust (Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO)
  • Aetna Workers Comp
  • Aetna/Coventry Advantra Freedom Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna/Coventry Advantra Freedom Plus Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna/Coventry Advantra Total Care Medicare Advantage PPO
  • BCBS of Kansas (call provider)
  • BCBS of Kansas Blue Choice Preferred Care Blue PPO
  • BCBS of Kansas City Blue Select Plus (UCMO and City of KCMO)
  • BCBS of Kansas City Federal PPO
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network PPO
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network Select PPO
  • BCBS of Kansas City Preferred Care
  • BCBS of Kansas City Preferred Care Blue
  • BCBS of Kansas City Traditional
  • BCBS of Kansas Federal
  • BCBS of Kansas Traditional
  • BCBS of Michigan Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Blue KC Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Blue KC Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Century Health Solutions (PPO)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna National POS Open Access
  • Cigna OAP
  • Cigna PPO
  • CompResults/CompAlliance (WC) PPO
  • Health Choice of Northwest Missouri (PPO)
  • Home State Health Plan Missouri Medicaid (Missouri practices)
  • Humana Choice PPO - Medicare Advantage
  • Humana ChoiceCare PPO
  • Humana Community HMO - Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Gold Choice Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO - Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO SNP - Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Kansas City PPOx
  • Humana National POS-Open Access Plans
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Preferred PPO
  • Humana SmartExpress PPO
  • Humana SmartNet PPO
  • Humana SmartSuite PPO
  • HumanaOne PPO
  • Integrated Health Plan PPO
  • Kansas Medicaid
  • Medica Connect
  • Medica Select
  • Medicare
  • Missouri Care Health Plan - Missouri Medicaid (MO practices only)
  • MultiPlan/PCHS (PPO)
  • Occupational Health Management PPO (WC)
  • OHARA Managed Care (WC)
  • Private Healthcare Systems PPO
  • ProviDRs Care Network PPO (formerly WPPA)
  • Sunflower State Health Plan Kansas Medicaid (Kansas practices)
  • Triwest Veterans Affairs Patient Centered Community Care
  • United Healthcare - All Savers Insurance Company POS
  • United Healthcare - Choice HMO
  • United Healthcare - Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan (KS Practices, KanCare, Kansas Medicaid)
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan (MO practices, Missouri Medicaid)
  • United Healthcare - Definity Health Reimbursement Account POS
  • United Healthcare - Definity Health Savings Account POS
  • United Healthcare - Golden Rule HMO (HMO & PPO)
  • United Healthcare - Indemnity
  • United Healthcare - Managed Indemnity
  • United Healthcare - Options PPO
  • United Healthcare - Select HMO
  • United Healthcare - Select Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - United Health One (Short Term Medical)
  • UnitedHealthcare - AARP Medicare Complete Choice PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare - AARP Medicare Complete HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare - AARP Medicare Complete PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare - Dual Complete SNP PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare - Group Medicare Advantage PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare - Medicare Complete PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare - Medicare Gold SNP PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare - Medicare Silver SNP PPO


1. Helzberg, J.H., Pinnick, R., Grantham, J.J.: Refractory hypercalcemia: management with     intravenous fluids and furosemide. J. Kansas Med Soc 40:16-9, 1983.

2. Snavely, S.R., Helzberg, J.H., Bodensteiner, D.C., Plapp, F.V., Davis, J.W., Hodges, G.R:     Profound neutropenia associated with benzylpenicillin. South Med J. 76:1299.

3. Helzberg, J.H., McPhee, M.S., Zarling, E.J., Lukert, B.P.: Hepatocellular carcinoma: an unusual    course with hyperthyroidism and inappropriate TSH production. Gastroenterology 88:181-7,    1985.

4. Helzberg, J.H., McCallum, R.W.: Flexible sigmoidoscopy: safety and usefulness in the geriatric    patient. Geriatrics 40:105-7, 1984.

5. Helzberg, J.H., Greenberger, N.J.: Peritoneovenous shunts in malignant ascites. Dig Disease Sci    30:1104-7, 1985.

6. Helzberg, J.H., Boyer, J.L.: Primary biliary cirrhosis. In: Bayless, T.M., ed Current Therapy in    Gastroenterology and Liver Disease 2:397-400. B.C. Decker, Philadelphia, 1986.

7. Conn, H.O., Helzberg, J.H.: Portal hypertension. In: Gitnick, G.C., ed Current Hepatology 6:131-   238. Year Book Medical Publishers, Chicago, 1986.

8. Rigas, R., Rosenfeld, L.E., Barwick, K.W., Enriquez, R., Helzberg, J.H., Batsford, W.P.,     Josephson, M.E., Riely, C.A.: Amiodarone hepatotoxity: a clinicopathologic study of five cases.    Ann Intern Med 104:348-51, 1986.

9. Helzberg, J.H., Spiro, H.M.: “LFTs” test more than the liver. J Am Med Assoc. 256:3006-7, 1986.

10. Helzberg, J.H., Brown, M.S., Smith, D.J., Gordon, E.R.: Metabolic state of the rat liver with    ethanol: comparison of in vivo 31 phosphorus nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy with    freeze clamp assessment. Hepatology 7:83-88, 1987.

11. Helzberg, J.H., Boyer, J.L.: Primary scherosing cholangitis: In: Gitnick, G.D., ed Current     Gastroenterology 7:336-44, 1987.

12. Helzberg, J.H., Boyer, J.L.: Primary scherosing cholangitis: a review of clinicopathologic features   and comparison of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Gastroenterology 92:1869-75, 1987.

13. Ludwig, J., Rosen, C.B., Lindor, K.D., Helzberg, J.H., Watson, K.R.: Chronic cholestasis in a    young man. Hepatology 20:1351-5, 1994.

14. Genzlinger, J.L., McPhee, M.S., Fisher, J.K., Jacob, K.M., Helzberg, J.H.:Significance of    retroperitoneal air after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography with sphincterotomy.    Am J Gastroenterology 94:1267-70, 1999.

15. Helling, T.H., Helzberg, J. H., Nachnani, J.S., Gurram, K.: Predicators of nonalcoholic     steatohepatitis in patients undergoing bariatric surgery: when is liver biopsy indicated? Surg Obes   Related Dis.5:612-7,2008.

16. Selden, M.A., Helzberg, J.H., Waeckerle, J.F., Browne, J.E., Brewer, J.H., Monaco, M.E., Tang,    F. O’Keefe, J.H.: Cardiometabolic abnormalities in current National Football League Players. Am   J Cardiology 103: 969-71, 2009.

17. Selden, M.A., Helzberg, J.H., Waeckerle, J.F.: Increased cardiovascular mortality in professional   football players: fact or fiction?  Am J Med 122:811-14, 2009.  

18. Selden, M.A., Helzberg, J.H., Waeckerle, J.F., Browne, J.E., Brewer, J.H., Monaco, M.E., Tang,    F., O’Keefe, J.H.:Elevated alanine aminotransferase in current National Football League players:   correlation with cardio-metabolic syndrome markers, obesity, and insulin resistance. Southern    Med J 102:1003-6, 2009.

19. Helzberg, J.H., Waeckerle, J.F., Camillo, J.Selden, M.A., Tang, F., Joyce, J.A., Browne, J.E.,    O’Keefe, J.H.: Comparison of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in professional baseball    players.  Am J Cardiology 106:664-7, 2010.

20. Helzberg, J.H., Camillo, J., Waeckerle, J.F., O’Keefe, J.H.: Review of cardiometabolic risk factors   among current professional football and professional baseball players.  Physician and SportsMed   38:1-6, 2010.

21. Camillo J., Helzberg, J.H.:  Obesity and metabolic syndrome in football players. Can J Diabetes.486-7, 2011.


On Staff At

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