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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.
Sallie Wickens is Back in the Saddle Thanks to Saint Luke’s
As Sallie Wickens boarded the LifeFlight helicopter in Climax Springs, Missouri, in June 2012, she had no idea it would be the last leg of a journey that started when she was 5 years old.

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)
  • TRICARE WEST
  • 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

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