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Provider Profile

Keith Blaine Allen, MD

Heart Transplant, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Vascular Surgery
Call to make an appointment 816-931-3312


Medical School
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
General Surgery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Cardiovascular Disease, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Med Ctr, Chicago, IL

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - Subspecialty in Vascular Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Academic Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine

Clinical Interests

  • percutaneous treatment of aortic valve disease
  • endovascular treatment of abdominal and thoracic aortic disease
  • stem cell therapy for the treatment of severe peripheral arterial disease
  • mitral valve repair
  • treatment of complex coronary artery disease


Keith Allen, M.D. is the Director of Surgical Research for the Mid America Heart & Lung Surgeons and is board certified in Thoracic, Vascular, and General Surgery. He attended the University of Kansas for medical school where he graduated AOA and completed residencies in general surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and vascular and cardiothoracic surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's in Chicago, IL.  Dr. Allen maintains an active clinical practice while also participating in cutting edge research to provide his patients with the best care possible.  He has has over 100 publications in journals such as the NEJM, JTCVS, and The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and serves on the FDA's Circulatory Device Panel. Dr. Allen is a member of American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS), Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS), and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery (ISMICS).

Saint Luke's News

Saint Luke’s News: Advanced Heart Valve Disease Treatment Options
The number of people in the U.S. suffering from heart valve disease is increasing. Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute has established a comprehensive multidisciplinary Valve Center dedicated to the latest surgical and catheter-based therapies to meet this rising demand.
Innovative Valve-in-Valve Procedure Allows Mother to be More Active
Jersita Samo had been dealing with heart issues for half her lifetime when it got to the point where she could not do her typical day-to-day activities.

Accepted Insurances

  • Aetna Choice POS II Aexcel Local
  • Aetna Choice POS II Local
  • Aetna Elect Choice POS
  • Aetna Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna HMO Local
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS
  • Aetna Missouri Preferred
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select HMO
  • Aetna Select Local HMO
  • Aetna Signature Administrators (ASA) HMO, POS, PPO
  • Aetna Workers Comp
  • BCBS of Kansas (call provider)
  • 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
  • Century Health Solutions (PPO)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna National POS Open Access
  • 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 Gold Choice Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO - Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO SNP - Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Kansas City PPOx
  • Humana SmartExpress PPO
  • Humana SmartNet PPO
  • Humana SmartSuite PPO
  • HumanaOne PPO
  • Integrated Health Plan PPO
  • Kansas Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Missouri Care Health Plan - Missouri Medicaid (MO practices only)
  • MultiPlan/PCHS (PPO)
  • Occupational Health Management PPO (WC)
  • OHARA Managed Care (WC)
  • 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 - Community Plan (KS Practices, KanCare, Kansas 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
  • UnitedHealthcare - AARP Medicare Complete PPO


BIBLIOGRAPHY (2005-present)

Allen KA, Horvath K.  Laser Revascularization Method Could Help Where Bypasses Can’t.  BioPhotonics 2012;11:18-21.
Diepen SV, Brennana JM, Hafley GE, Reyes ER, Allen KB, Ferguson TB, Peterson ED, 
       Williams JB, Gibson CM, Mack MJ, Kouchoukos NT, Alexander JH, Lopes RD, 
       Endoscopic Harvesting Device Related Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Coronary 
       Artery Bypass Surgery: Results from PREVENT-IV. Ann Thoracic Surg (submitted).
Allen KB, Borkon AM, Laster S, Aggarwal S, Pak A, Davis R, Stewart J, Stuart J.
       Tailored Endovascular Repair of Traumatic Aortic Disruption using “Stacked”
       Abdominal Aortic Extension Cuffs.  Innovations: Technology & Techniques in
       Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery: September/October 2012; 7(5):346–349.
Arnold SV, Spertus JA, Lei  Y, Allen KB, Chhatriwalla A, Leon MB, 
        Smith CR, Reynolds MR, Webb JG, Svensson L, Cohen D.  Utility of the Kansas City
        Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire for Monitoring Health Status in Patients with Aortic 
        Stenosis. Circ Heart Fail. 2013;6:61-67.
Lopes R, Alexander JH, Mehta RH, Hafley GE, Mack MJ, Allen KB, Peterson E,
        Harrington RP, Gibson CM, Califf RM, Kouchoukos NT, Ferguson TB. Vein Graft 
        Failure Following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Does it Matter? 
        Circulation 2012;125:749-756.
Sandesara CM, Chung MK, Van Wagoner DR, Barringer TA, Allen KB, Ismail HM, 
         Zimmerman B, Olshansky B.  A Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial of n-3 Fatty
         Acids for Inhibition of Supraventricular Arrhythmias after Cardiac Surgery:The 
         FISH Trial.  J Am Heart Assoc. 2012;1:e000547 doi:10.1161/JAHA.111.000547.
Chen LF, Arduino JM, Sheng S, Muhlbaier LH, Kanafani ZA, Harris A, Fraser TG, 
         Allen KB, Corey GR, Fowler VG. Epidemiology and Outcome of Major 
         Post-Operative Infections following Cardiac Surgery: Risk Factors and Impact of
         Pathogen Type.  American Journal of Infection Control. 2012;40(10):963-968.
Lopes RD, Williams JB, Mehta RH, Reyes EM, Hafley GE, Allen KB, Mack MJ,
         Peterson ED, Harrington RA, Gibson M, Califf RM, Kouchoukos NT, Ferguson TB,
         Alexander JH.  Impact of Edifoligide on Long-Term Clinical Outcomes in patients
         Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: 5-Year Results from the 
         PREVENT IV Trial.  JACC 2012 (submitted)
Repp K, Hayes C, Woods TM, Allen KB, Kennedy K, Borkon AM.
        Drug-Related Problems and Hospital Admissions in Cardiac Transplant Recipients
        Hospital.  Ann Pharmacother 2012;46:1299-307
Fowler VG, Allen KB, Turnbull BW, Moreira ED, Moustafa M, Isgro F, Boucher HW, 
        Corey R, Carmeli Y, Betts R, Hartzel JS, Kartsonis NA, Guris D, DiNubile  MJ, 
        Onorato MT, Meulen AS.  Efficacy and Safety Of an Investigational 
        Staphylococcus aureus Vaccine In Preventing Bacteremia and/or Deep Sternal 
        Wound Infections After Cardiothoracic Surgery. JAMA 2012 (submitted)
Safley DM, Lindsey JB, Robertus K, House JH, Mahoney E, Allen KB, Cohen DJ. 
        In-hospital Outcomes and Cost Comparison of Femoropopliteal Reopening 
        Strategies.  Cardiovascular Revascularization Med 2011 Sep-Oct;12(5):292-298. 
Allen KB, Grantham A, Laster S, Safely D, Kao A, Stuart RS, Pak AF, Stewart J, 
        Borkon AM.  TMR: Evidence Based Outcomes and Future Directions Using 
        Autologous Stem Cell Therapy.  Cardiac Surgery Today 2010;2:33-44.
Cheng D,  Martin J, Allen KB, Ferdinand F, Puskas J. Endoscopic Vein-graft
        Harvesting: Balancing the Risk and Benefits. Innovations 2010;5(2):70-73.
Reyes G, Allen KB, Álvarez P, Alegre A, Aguado B, Olivera MJ, Rodríguez JL, 
        Duarte J.  Mid-term results after bone marrow laser revascularization for treating 
        refractory angina. Cardiovascular Disorders 2010;10:42-49. 
Wehberg KE, Answini G, Wood D, Todd JC, Julian JS, Ogburn N, Allen KB.
        Intramyocardial Injection of Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma combined with
        Transmyocardial Revascularization.  Cell Transplantation 2009;18:353-359.
Reyes G, Allen KB, Alegre A, et al. Bone marrow laser revascularization for treating refractory angina due to diffuse CAD.  Eur J Cardiovasc Thoracic Surg 2009;36: 192-194.
Kosloski LM, Bales IK, Allen KB, Walker BL, Borkon AM, Stuart RS, Pak AF, 
        Wacker MJ.  Purification of cardiac myocytes from human heart biopsies for gene
        Expression analysis. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2009;297:H1163-69.
Lopes RD, Hafley GE, Allen KB, et al. Endoscopic Vein Harvesting Is Associated 
        with More Vein Graft Failure and Worse Long-term Clinical Outcomes than Open
        Vein Graft Harvesting in Patients Undergoing CABG Surgery: A PREVENT IV Sub 
        Study. New England Journal of Medicine 2009;361(3):235-244.
Kanafani ZA, Arduino JM, Muhlbaier LH, Kaye KS, Allen KB, et al. Incidence and Pre-
        operative Risk Factors for Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia and Chest Wound 
        Infection Following Cardiac Surgery. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 
Allen KB, Kelly J, Borkon AM, Stuart RS, Daon E, Pak AF, Zorn GL, Haines M. TMR: 
        From Randomized Trials to Clinical Practice. A Review of Techniques, Evidence 
        Based Outcomes, and Future Directions. Anesthesia Clinics 2008;26:501-19.  
Allen KB, Robison RJ, Heimansohn DA, et al. Endoscopic Vessel Harvest-From RCT to
        clinical practice. A review of techniques, evidence-based outcomes, and future 
        directions. Cardiac Surgery Today 2007;3(3):82–90.
Allen KB.  TMR as an adjunct to coronary artery bypass grafting. US Cardiology 2007.
Allen KB: TMR as an adjunct to CABG.  Sem Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2006;18:52-57.
Allen KB: Holmium:YAG laser system for transmyocardial revascularization: 
           Expert review.  Expert Rev Med Devices 2006;3(2):137-46.
Allen KB, Heimansohn DA, Griffith GL, et al. Simple  amiodarone protocol reduces postoperative atrial fibrillation. Innovations 2006;1:268-71.
Cheng D, Diegeler A, Allen KB, et al. TMR: A meta-analysis and systematic review of controlled trials.  Innovations 2006;1:295-313.
Diegeler A, Cheng D, Allen KB, et al. TMR: The 2005 consensus statement from ISMICS. Innovations 2006;1:313-322.
.Allen KB, Dowling RD, Richenbacher W. Practice patterns with sole therapy TMR. 
          Ann Thorac Surg  2005;79:2200-01. 
Allen KB:  Subxiphoid pericardiostomy versus extended percutaneous catheter drainage. Ann Thorac Surg 2005;79:386-7.
 Allen KB, Cheng D, Cohn W, et al. Endoscopic vascular harvest in CABG surgery: 
           The 2005 consensus statement from ISMICS 2005.  Innovations 2005;1:51-60.
Cheng D, Allen KB, Cohn W, et al. Endoscopic vascular harvest in CABG surgery: Meta-Analysis of RCT’s.  Innovations 2005;1:61-74.

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  • Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City