Provider Profile

Laura M Alba, MD
Saint Luke’s Care Member

Provider Profile

Laura M Alba, MD

Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
Call to make an appointment 816-932-4655

Education

Medical School
Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi,
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Philadelphia, PA
Residency
Internal Medicine, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO
Fellowship
Gastroenterology, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Fellowship
Gastroenerology/Hepatology/Liver Transplantation, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, MN

Board Certifications

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

Academic Titles

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

Clinical Interests

  • clinical liver disease
  • endoscopy / colonoscopy
  • chronic hepatitis
  • liver transplant

Biography

Dr. Alba is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology. She is associate medical director for Saint Luke's Liver Transplant Program and serves as the assistant program director for the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program. 

Her areas of expertise include women's digestive health, liver disease and liver transplantation. Dr. Alba is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Saint Luke's News

Saint Luke’s News: Free Hepatitis C Screenings in July
Roughly 3.5 million Americans are living with Hepatitis C, but many don't know they have the virus. Saint Luke’s is offering free Hepatitis C screenings throughout the month of July at several locations.
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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)
  • TRICARE
  • 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

Publications

Transfusion related acute hepatic enzyme elevation: a new disease entity? Nachnani JS, Hamid F, Pandya P, Clarkston W, Alba LM. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2010 Mar 22(3).

Predictors of hematological abnormalities in patients with chronic hepatitis C treated with interferon and ribavirin. Nachnani JS, Rao GA, Bulchandani D, Pandya PK, Alba LM Ann Hematol 2010 Feb 89(2) 121-5.

Biochemical and histological effects of exendin-4 (exenatide) on the rat pancreas. Nachnani JS, Bulchandani DG, Nookala A, Herndon B, Molteni A, Pandya P, Taylor R, Quinn T Weide L, Alba LM Diabetologica 2010, Jan 53(1) 153-9.

Clinicopathological predictors to predict sustained viral response rates in patients with chronic hepatitis C infection Nachnani JS, Gidwani R, Sadeddin E, Clarkston WK, Fiorella R, Alba LM Indian J Gastroenterol 2007 Nov-Dec; 26(6): 279-82

Leptin, insulin resistance, and liver fibrosis in human nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Angulo P, Alba LM, Petrovic LM, Adams LA, Lindor KD, Jensen MD.  J Hepatol. 2004 Dec; 41(6):943-9. 

Pill-induced esophagitis complicated by multiple esophageal septa. McCullough RW, Afzal ZA, Saifuddin TN, Alba LM, Khan AH.  Gastrointest Endosc. 2004 Jan; 59(1):150-2. 

Review articles:

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Alba LM, Lindor K.  Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2003 Apr; 17(8):977-86. Review.

Primary sclerosing cholangitis. Alba LM, Angulo P, Lindor KD..  Minerve Gastroent Dietol.  2002 Jun 48(2) 99-113.

Rectus muscle abscess associated with endoscopic tattooing of the colon with India ink. Alba LM, Pandya PK, Clarkston WK. Gastrointest Endosc. 2000 Oct;52(4):557-8. No abstract available. 

On Staff At

  • Hedrick Medical Center
  • 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