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Steven B Laster, MD

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Call to make an appointment 816-931-1883

Education

Medical School
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Internship
Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Residency
Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship
Cardiovascular Disease, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Fellowship
Interventional Cardiology, University of Missouri - School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Subspecialty in Interventional Cardiology

Academic Titles

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

Clinical Interests

  • interventional cardiology
  • peripheral vascular intervention
  • vein clinic
  • endovascular aneurysm repair
  • peripheral artery disease
  • interventional cardiology medical education

Biography

Dr. Laster received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1986 and then completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1989.  He completed fellowships in Cardiovascular Diseases at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in 1993 and Interventional Cardiology at the Mid-America Heart Institute/St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City/University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1994.  Dr. Laster joined  Cardiovascular Consultants in 1994 and has practiced interventional and clinical cardiology for the past 19 years. His practice also includes  interventional subspecialization in peripheral arterial disease, aneurysms and venous disease.   Dr. Laster has been head of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program since 1998 and Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute and Director of Interventional Cardiology for the Saint Luke's Health System since 2005.  Dr. Laster has board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology.  He also has board certification from the American Board of Vascular Medicine in Vascular Medicine and Endovascular Medicine.  Dr. Laster's interventional practice includes a broad range of coronary and peripheral procedures. Coronary procedures (from femoral or radial approach) include angiography, angioplasty, stenting, rotational atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound and physiologic lesion assessment with coronary fractional flow reserve measurement.  Peripheral procedures include balloon angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy and thrombolysis of patients presenting with claudication, critical limb ischemia, renovascular hypertension, subclavian stenosis and carotid stenosis among others.  Endovascular procedures include minimally invasive exclusion of thoracic, abdominal aortic, iliac and visceral aneurysms with covered stent grafts and endovascular coils.  Venous procedures include endovenous laser ablation and ambulatory phlebectomy of refluxing superficial varicose veins and thrombectomy, angioplasty and stenting of thrombosed or stenotic deep veins.  Dr. Laster is interested in clinical research and is a principal investigator in multiple ongoing research trials.  Dr. Laster's clinical objective is to provide thoughtful, compassionate and state-of-the-art clinical and interventional care.  He is a firm believer in presenting clinical information to patients and their families in a straightforward fashion using terminology that they can readily understand.

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

 

1. Pike M, Laster SB, Jacobus WE, Litt M, and Becker LC: Delayed Activation of ATP Flux in Post-Ischemic Stunned Rabbit Hearts.  Circulation 1987; 75 (Supp. IV): 424.
 
2. Laster SB, Becker LC, Ambrosio G, Jacobus WE: Reduced Aerobic Metabolic Efficiency in Globally "Stunned" Myocardium.  Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 1989; 21:419-426.
 
3.            Laster SB, Shelton TJ, Barzilai B, Goldstein JA: Response of the Ischemic Right Ventricle to Reperfusion.  JACC 1991; 17(2): 164A.
 
4.            Laster SB, Shelton TJ, Barzilai B, Goldstein JA: Acute Reperfusion Reverses Equalized Diastolic Filling Pressures During Right Ventricular Infarction; Circulation 1992; 86(4): I-455.
 
5. Laster SB, Shelton TJ, Barzilai B, Goldstein JA: Determinants of the Recovery of Right Ventricular Performance Following Experimental Chronic Right Coronary Artery Occlusion.  Circulation 1993; 88:696-708.
 
6. Laster SB, Shelton TJ, Barzilai B, Goldstein JA: Recovery of Depressed Right Atrial Function Following Chronic Right Coronary Artery Occlusion; 2nd International Symposium of Heart Failure, Geneva, Switzerland, May 1993.
 
7. Goldstein JA, Laster SB, and Shelton TJ, Ferguson TB: Feasibility of Intraoperative Coronary Angiography during Hypothermic Cardioplegic Arrest. Ann Thorac Surg 1994; 57:1597-604.
 
8.            Laster SB, Rutherford BD, McConahay DR, Giorgi LV, Johnson WL, Shimshak TM, Huber KC, Hartzler GO: Directional Coronary Atherectomy of the Left Main Coronary Artery: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis1994; 33:317-322.
 
9.            Laster SB, Shelton TJ, Goldstein, JA: Effects of Reperfusion on Ischemic Right Ventricular Dysfunction: Disparate Mechanisms of Benefit Related to Duration of Ischemia: Circulation 1994; 90:1398-1409.
 
10.          Laster SB, O'Keefe JH, Gibbons, RJ: The Incidence and Importance of TIMI-3 Flow Following Primary Infarct Angioplasty: Circulation 1994; 90(4), Part 2: I-221.
 
11.          Laster SB, Rutherford BD, McConahay DR, Giorgi LV, Johnson WL, Shimshak TM, Huber KC, Hartzler GO: Is Direct Infarct Angioplasty the Preferred Reperfusion Therapy in Octogenarians?  Circulation 1994; 90(4), Part 2: I-169.
 
12.          Laster SB, Rutherford BD, McConahay DR, Giorgi LV, Johnson WL, Shimshak TM, Ligon RW, Hartzler GO: Is Multivessel Revascularization During Direct Infarct Angioplasty Safe? Catheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis 1994; 32(1):97.
 
 
13.          Laster SB, O’Keefe Jr. JH, Gibbons RJ: Incidence and Importance of Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction Grade 3 Flow after Primary Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty for Acute Myocardial Infarction: Am J Cardiol 1996; 78:623-626.
 
14.          Laster SB, Rutherford, BD, Giorgi, LV, Shimshak, TM, McConahay, DR, Johnson, Jr., WL, Huber, KC, Ligon, RW, Hartzler, GO: Results of Direct Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty in Octogenarians: Am J Cardiol 1996; 77:10-13.
 
15.          Jamal A, O’Keefe JH, Ligon RW, Laster SB: Intracoronary Urokinase Worsens Outcome after Coronary Angioplasty for Unstable Angina: Circulation 1996; 94(8): I-615.
 
16.          Biggs TA, Daniel WC, Hallas D, Eikenberry P, Pirwitz MJ, Laster SB, Shimshak TM: Stenting of Chronically Occluded Superficial Femoral Arteries Using Palmaz Biliary Stents Significantly Improves Long Term Patency: JACC February 1997; 29(2) (Supp. A): 485A
 
17.          Daniel, W.C., Laster, SB, Jones, P.G., Vacek, J.L., Johnson, W.L., Jr., Giorgi, L. V., Huber K.C., Rutherford, B.D: Risk Factors Predicting In-hospital Mortality Following Balloon Angioplasty Versus Elective Senting: Submitted to American College of Cardiology 48th Annual Scientific Session (1998/99)
 
18.          Rutherford, BD, Jones, PG, Vacek, JL, Johnson, Jr. WL, Giorgi, LV, Huber, KC, Laster, SB: Multiple Vessel Stenting Compared to Multiple Vessel Angioplasty: In-Hospital Outcome and long-term Follow-up: JACC 1999; 33(2): 13A.
 
19.          Daniel, WC, Laster, SB, Jones, PG, Vacek, JL, Johnson, Jr. WL, Giorgi, LV, Huber, KC, Rutherford, BD: Risk Factors Predicting In-Hospital Mortality Following Balloon Angioplasty Versus Elective Stenting: JACC 1999; 33(2): 24A.
 
20.          Wischmeyer, JB, Huber, KC, Johnson, Jr. WL, Giorgi, LV, Laster, SB, Daniel, WC, Rutherford, BD: Outcomes of Aorto-Ostial vs. Coronary-Ostial Lesions: JACC 1999; 33(2): 82A.
 
21.          Daniel, WC, Laster, SB, Jones, PG, Vacek, JL, Johnson, Jr. WL, Giorgi, LV, Huber, KC, Rutherford, BD: Risk Factors Predicting In-Hospital Mortality Following Balloon Angioplasty Versus Elective Stenting:  JACC 1999; 33(2):24A
 
22.          Giocondo, MJ, Marso, SP, Huber, KC, Giorgi, LV, Laster, SB, Rutherford, BD: Acute and Long-Term Outcomes for a New Generation Stent: Experience in 441 Patients with the Medtronic AVE GFX Stent: JACC 2000; 1176(88): 78A. 
 
23.          Giocondo, MJ, Marso, SP, Huber, KC, Giorgi, LV, Laster, SB, Rutherford, BD: Acute and Long-term Outcomes for a New Generation Stent; Experience in 441 Patients with the Medtronic AVE GFX Stent: (Oral Presentation American College of Cardiology 49th Annual Scientific Session, March 2000)
 
24.          Marso SP, Huber KC, Coen MM, Giorgi LV, Laster SB, Rutherford BD: Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus is Associated with a Marked Increase in In-hospital Mortality Following Urgent PCI: A Continuation of the Oral Vs Insulin Treatment Debate: CIRC Vol 102, No 18, October 2000; II-391:1901
 
25.          Marso, SP, Giorgi, LV, Johnson, WL, Laster, SB, Huber, KC, O’Keefe, J, Rutherford, BD: Diabetes Mellitus is Associated With an Increased Risk of In-hospital Death Following Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: An Analysis of 18,309 Patients: JACC 2000; 878(3):72A.
 
26.          Suero, JA, Marso, SP, Jones, PG, Laster, SB, Giorgi, LV, Rutherford, BD: Improvement in Success Rates for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention of Chronic Total Occlusions; A 20 Year Experience in 2007 Patients: (Oral Presentation, American heart Association 73rd Scientific Sessions, November 2000).
 
27.          Gustafson, G, Marso, SP, Huber, KC, Johnson, WL, Laster, SB, McCallister, BD, Giorgi, LV, Rutherford, BD: Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) in Octogenarians: (Oral presentation, American Heart Association 74th Scientific Sessions, November 2001)
 
28. Patel, VB, Marso, SP, Jones, PG, Laster, SB, Huber, KC, Giorgi, LV, Johnson, WL, Rutherford, BD: Multivessel Stenting: Is It Time to Reconsider Recommendations for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery?  JACC, March 2001: 1189-21 (51A)
 
29.          Suero, JA, Marso, SP, Jones, PG, Laster, SB, Huber, KC, Giorgi, LV, Johnson, WL, Rutherford, BD.  Procedure Outcomes and Long-term Survival Among Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention of a Chronic Total Occlusion in Native Coronary Arteries:  A 20-year Experience.  J Am Coll Cardiol 2001;38:409-414.
 
30.          Marso, SP, Giorgi, LV, Johnson, WL, Huber, KC, Laster, SB, Shelton, CJ, McCallister, BD, Coen, MM, Rutherford, BD: Diabetes Mellitus is Associated with a Shift in the Temporal Risk Profile of In-hospital Death After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: An Analysis of 25,223 Patients over 20 Years: American Heart Journal , April 2002 Volume 145, Number 2
 
31.          Corpus, RJ, House, JA, Laster, SB, Rutherford, BD, Daniel, WC, Marso, SP: Effect of Diabetes on Long Term Prognosis after Percutaneous Peripheral Intervention for Critical Limb Ischemia: (Poster Presentation, American Diabetes Association, June 2003).
 
32.          Marso, SP, Manohar, Gowda, O’Keefe, JH, Coen, MM, McCallister, BD, Giorgi, LV, Huber, KC, Laster, SB, Johnson, WL, Rutherford, BD: Improving In-Hospital Mortality in the Setting of an Increasing Risk Profile Among Patients Undergoing Catheter-Based Reperfusion for an Acute Myocardial Infarction Without Cardiogenic Shock: The Journal of Invasive Cardiology December 2003, Vol. 15, No. 12;711-716.
 
33.          Kirvaitis, Romas J., Heuser, Richard R., Das, Tony S., Laster, Steven, Dippel, Eric J., Gammon, Roger S., Botti, Charles F., Murphy, Bruce E., Biggs, Thomas A., Shimshak, Thomas A., Laird, John R., Foster, Malcolm T., and Wholey, Mark: Usefulness of Optical Coherent Reflectometry with Guided Radiofrequency Energy to Treat Chronic Total Occlusions in Peripheral Arteries (the GRIP Trial): American Journal of Cardiology 2004;94:1081-1084.
 
34.          Corpus, Roberto A., House, John A., Marso, Steven P., Grantham, J. Aaron, Huber, Kenneth C., Laster, Steven B., Johnson, Warren L., Daniel, William  C., Barth, Charles W., Lee, Giorgi V., and Rutherford, Barry D: Multivessel  Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients with Multivessel Disease and Acute Myocardial Infarction.  American Heart Journal 2004;148:493-500.
 
35. Ansel GM, Silver MJ, Botti CJ, Rocha-Singh K, Bates MC, Rosenfield K, Schainfeld RM, Laster SB, Zander C: Functional and Clinical Outcomes of Nitinol Stenting With and Without Abciximab for Complex Superficial Femoral Artery Disease: A Randomized Trial”: Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2006 Feb; 67(2):288-97.
 
36. Safley DM, House JA, Laster SB, Daniel WC, Spertus JA, Marso SP:  Quantifying improvement in symptoms, functioning, and quality of life after peripheral endovascular revascularization.  Circulation. 2007 Feb 6;115(5):569-575. Epub 2007 Jan 22.
 
37. Mehta, Sameer K and Laster, Steven B:  Hemolysis Induced Pancreatitis After Orbital Atherectomy in a Heavily Calcified Superficial Femoral Superficial Femoral Artery.  Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions November 2008 72:1009-1011 (2008)
 
38. Allen, Keith, Grantham, Aaron, Laster, Steve, Safley, David, Kao, Andrew, Stuart, R. Scott, Pak, Alexander F., Stewart, Jim and Borkon, Michael A:   Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization:  Evidence-based Outcomes and Future Directions.  Cardiac Surgery Today Vol 4 No 3 89:100 (2010)
 
39. Tailored Endovascular Repair of Traumatic Aortic Disruptions with “stacked” abdominal aortic extension Cuffs.  Allen KB, Borkon AM, Laster SB, Aggarwal S, Davis JR, Pak AF,  Stewart JR, Stuart RS.  Innovations (Phila).  2012 Sep; 7 (5):346-9. Doi: 10. 1097/IMI.0b013e31827e7969. 
 

On Staff At

  • Anderson County Hospital
  • Hedrick Medical Center
  • Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital
  • 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
  • Wright Memorial Hospital