Provider Profile

Saint Luke’s Care Member

Provider Profile

Wendell K Clarkston, MD



Medical School
Univ of MO - Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO
Gastroenterology, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Board Certifications

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

Academic Titles

  • Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Clinical Interests

  • gastroenterology
  • hepatology
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • ulcerative colitis


Wendell Kevan Clarkston, M.D., F.A.C.P.


A. Educational Background

1.  Degrees, Professional Certifications, Licensures, Recognitions

Degrees Held:
1978-1984, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Kansas City, Mo.  

1978-1982, University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences, B.A. Biology/ B.A. Chemistry, Kansas City, Mo. 

Professional Certification: 
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, Certificate #118837, September 15, 1988

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics, Certificate #39715, June 2, 1989

Diplomate, Subspecialty Board in Gastroenterology, Certificate #118837, November 5, 1991, Recertification awarded October 1, 2001, Recertification awarded October 2011 

Medical Licensure:
State of Missouri: August 12, 1985 R1F32

State of Kansas:  March 1, 2001 29011

2. Educational experience

1988-1990, Subspecialty Residency in Gastroenterology, UMKC School of Medicine, Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.  

1984-1988, Residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Truman Medical Center/ Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.  

3.  Areas of Specialization

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Gastroenterology​

4.  Honors and Special Recognitions

2011, Named to “Best Doctors” Kansas City Business Journal

2008, Alumni Achievement Award, UMKC 

2004, Named to “Best Doctors”, Kansas City Magazine

2003, Named to “Best Doctors”, Kansas City Magazine

1998, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (Faculty Inductee)

1997, Fellowship in the American College of Physicians (FACP)

1994, Young Faculty Award- American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

1984, Upjohn Award for Academic Achievement and Humanitarian  Concern (UMKC)

1984, Graduate of UMKC School of Medicine- GPA 4.0/4.0 

1982, Phi-Kappa-Phi Honor Society

1978-82, University Scholar- UMKC

1979, CRC Award in Chemistry

5. Additional Professional Experience

2012, President of the Medical Staff, Saint Luke’s South

2011, Member, Saint Luke’s Physician Specialists

2005, Program Director, Gastroenterology, UMKC SOM

2001-2011, Member, Plaza Gastroenterology Associates

2011, Vice President, Saint Luke’s South Medical Staff

2010, Secretary Treasurer Saint Luke’s South Medical Staff

2006-2011, GI Section Chief, Truman Medical Center

1999-2006, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, UMKC School of Medicine (Supervised 400 medical residents)

1998-2000, Senior Docent, Gold Medicine- UMKC School of Medicine

1996-2000, Director, Gold Internal Medicine Clinic- Truman Medical Center

1995-2000,  Faculty Counselor, Internal Medicine Residents

1995-2000, Coordinator of Gastroenterology Services, Truman Medical Center East

1994-2001, Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Truman Medical Center Endoscopy Unit

1992-1994, Director of Fellowship Training Program, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Louis, Mo. 

1991-1994, Coordinator, Clinic for Swallowing Disorders, St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Louis, Mo.  

1991-1994, Director of GI Motility Services, St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Mary's Medical Center, and the John Cochran VA Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo.


B.  Teaching Experience (Work History)

1. Professional Academic Positions

 2000, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO

1997-2000, Associate Professor of Medicine, Docent (Years 3-6), Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO

1994- 1997, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Docent (Years 3-6),  Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology,  UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO  

1990-1994, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, St. Louis University Health Sciences Center

1988-1990, Instructor in Internal Medicine, UMKC School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Kansas City, Mo.  


C.     Professional activities:

1.  Current memberships in professional organizations

1998, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

1990, American Gastroenterological Association

1990, American College of Gastroenterology

1984, American College of Physicians (Fellowship awarded 1997)

2.  Other professional activities 

Reviewer- Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 1996, 1999-

Reviewer- American Journal of Gastroenterology, 1999- 

Reviewer- Department of Veteran’s Affairs Board of Appeals 1994-

External speaker- speaking engagements available upon request


D.  Service

1.   Service on university-wide, campus-wide, school, hospital or departmental  


2012, Member, Steering Committee, Focus 2015 

2012, Member, Search Committee, SLS CEO

2012,  Member, Search Committee, Chief Physician Executive,  Saint Luke’s Health System

2011, Chair, Credentials Committee, St. Luke’s South

2009, Member, Executive Committee, St. Luke’s South

2009, Member, Saint Luke’s Care

2007, Credentials Committee, St. Luke’s South            

2003-2007, Diversity Committee, UMKC School of Medicine

2002, Joint Board/ Medical Education Committee- St. Luke’s Hospital

2001, Digestive Disease Committee, St. Luke’s Hospital

2000, Credentials Committee, Truman Medical Center

1999, Chairman, Council on Graduate Medical Education, UMKC School of  Medicine.           

1999, Committee for performance improvement in Internal Medicine Clinic (Truman Medical Center) 

1999, Chairman, UMKC Grievance Committee (case resolved)

1998, Chairman, UMKC Grievance Committee (case resolved)

1996, Coordinating Committee to the Dean

1997, Faculty Council 

1995, Medical Intensive Care Committee, Truman Medical Center  

1995, Grievance Committee, UMKC

1994, Council of Docents, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

1992-94, Hospital Utilization Review Committee, St. Louis University Hospital

1992-94, Emergency Medicine Committee, St. Louis University Hospital

1990-94, Endoscopy Committee, St. Louis University Hospital

2.   Community-related service       

Co-Chair, “Take Steps” Walk, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, 2011

Reviewer, VAMC MW Biomedical Research Foundation Grants, 2007

Sought and received $5,000 funding for continuation of “Community Screening Program for Viral Hepatitis”.  April, 2000.

Initiated “Community Screening Program for Viral Hepatitis”.  Achieved $8,000  funding and sent 33,000 letters to patients in the community offering free screening for hepatitis - Initiated September 1996.

Patron, St. Louis Friends of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1995

Donor, UMKC Scholarship Fund- 1994, SLU Fellowship fund, 1998, 1999

Board Member and Member, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter, 1992-94

Member, Dubourg Society of Saint Louis University 1992


 E.       Areas of Special Interest and Expertise:                      

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease, H. pylori infection
  • Effects of aging on the gastrointestinal tract

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
  • 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 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
  • 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)
  • 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


Peer Review Publications:

Risk of Bleeding After Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy.  Singh D, Laya AS, Avidya, OU, Ahmed S, Bonhan A, Clarkston WK.  Dig Dis Sci (2012) 57: 973-980.
Transfusion-related acute hepatic enzyme elevation: a new disease entity? Nachnani JS.  Hamid F.  Pandya P.  Clarkston W.  Alba LM. European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.  22(3):378, 2010 Mar. 
Image of the month. Pancreatic tuberculosis in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus: a rare diagnosis. Singh D.  Singh R.  Clarkston WK. Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology.  7(7):e40-1, 2009 Jul. 
Singh D, Laya AS, Clarkston WK. Allen MJ.  Jejunoileal bypass: a surgery of the past and a review of its complications.  World J Gastroenterol 2009 May 14; 15 (18) 2227-9.  
Singh D, Singh R, Clarkston WK.  Image of the Month.  Pancreatic tuberculosis in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus: a rare diagnosis.  Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2009 Jul (7)e40-1. Epub 2008 Dec 13.  
Nachnani J, Gidwani R, Sadeddin E, Clarkston W, Fiorella R, Alba L.  Clinicopathological predictors of sustained viral response rates in patients with chronic hepatitis C infection.  Indian J Gastroenterol 2007 Nov-Dec;26 (6) 279-82.
Chaudhary KA, Smith OJ, Cuddy PG, Clarkston WK.  PEG site infections: the emergence of methicillin resistant S. aureus as a major pathogen.  Am J Gastroenterol 2002; 97: 1713-6.
Kuganeswaran E, Clarkston WK, Cuddy P, Quiason SG, Pandya PK, Dierenfeldt WT, Jonnalgadda SS, Smith OJ, Chen ST.  A double-blind placebo controlled trial of oral midazolam as premedication before flexible sigmoidoscopy.  Am J Gastroenterol 1999;94:3215-9.  (Senior author)
Kuganeswaran E, Quiason SG, Clarkston WK, Pandya PK, Smith OJ, and DePond W. Both massive upper and lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage secondary to tuberculosis.  Am J Gastroenterol 1999;94:270-2.
Soweid AM, Clarkston WK, Andrus CH, Janney CG.  Diagnosis and management of appendiceal mucoceles.  Digestive Diseases 1998;16:183-186 (Senior author)
Clarkston, WK, Presti ME, Petersen PF, Zachary PE, Fan WX, Leonardi CL, Vernava AM, Longo WE, and Kreeger JM.  Role of Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis in Crohn's disease:  A prospective, controlled study using polymerase chain reaction .  Dis Colon Rectum 1998;41:195-199.
Clarkston WK, Pantano MM, Littlefield, JM, Horowitz M, Burton FR, and Morley JE. Evidence for the anorexia of aging: Gastrointestinal transit and hunger in healthy elderly versus young adults. Am J Physiology 272 (Regulatory Integrative Comp. Physiol.) 41:R243-R248, 1997.
Vaswani SK, Clarkston WK.  Endoscopic nasojejunal feeding tube placement following cardiothoracic surgery.  Am Surg 1996;62:421-23
Dies DF, Clarkston WK, Schratz CL.  Intravenous ketorolac tromethamine versus meperidine for adjunctive sedation in upper gastrointestinal endoscopy: a pilot study. Gastrointest Endosc 1996;43:6-9. (Senior author)
Clarkston WK, Tsen TN, Dies DF, Schratz CL, Vaswani SK,  Bjerregaard P. Oral sodium phosphate versus sulfate-free polyethylene glycol electrolyte lavage solution in outpatient preparation for colonoscopy: a prospective  comparison.  Gastrointest Endosc 1996;43:42-8. 
Clarkston WK, Smith OJ.  GoLytely/Dulcolax combination  improves preparation for outpatient colonoscopy.  J Clin Gastroenterol 1993;17:146-8.  
Clarkston WK, Smith OJ, Walden JM.  Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) and early mortality.  South Med J 1990;83:1433- 1436.  
Non-peer Review Publications:
Clarkston WK.  The detection and management of gastrointestinal foreign bodies.  Postgraduate Medicine 1992;92:46-59. 
Case Reports/ Letters to the Editor (All are peer reviewed)
Alba LM, Pandya PK, Clarkston WK.  Rectus muscle abscess due to endoscopic tattooing of the colon with India ink.  Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, May, 2000.
Clarkston WK,  Kuganeswaran E, Jonnalagadda SS, Smith OJ.  Iatrogenic esophageal foreign body and extrinsic tracheal compression during esophageal band ligation.  Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 1998;47:1106-7
Dies DF, Clarkston WK, Schratz CL.  No harm was done (letter).  Am J Gastroenterol 1997;92: 541-2.
Soweid AM, Clarkston WK.  Plesiomonas Shigelloides:  An unusual cause of diarrhea.  Am J Gastroenterol 1995;90:2235-2236.
Singh R, Clarkston WK, Zuckerman DA, Joist JH, Bacon BR.    Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt for  palliation  of bleeding esophageal varices in a patient  with severe hemophilia A, advanced HIV infection, and  cirrhosis.  Am J Gastroenterol 1993;88:2112-2114.
Clarkston WK, Bonacini M, Peterson IM.  Colitis due to Histoplasma capsulatum in the acquired immunodeficiency  syndrome.  Am J Gastroenterol 1991:86:913-916. 
Clarkston WK, Inciardi M, Kirkpatrick S, et al.  Acute hemoperitoneum from rupture of a hepatocellular carcinoma.  J Clin Gastroenterol 1988;10:221-225.
Book chapters
Editors Stephen N. Adler et al.  A Pocket Manual of Differential Diagnosis.  Fifth Edition 2008.  Little Brown and Company, Boston, MA. (Wendell K. Clarkston, M.D.: Co-Author- Gastroenterology Section)
Editors Stephen N. Adler et al.  A Pocket Manual of Differential Diagnosis.  Fourth  Edition 1999.  Little Brown and Company, Boston, MA. (Wendell K. Clarkston, M.D.: Author- Gastroenterology Section)
Editors Stephen N. Adler et al.  A Pocket Manual of Differential Diagnosis.  Third Edition 1994.  Little Brown and Company, Boston, MA. (Wendell K. Clarkston, M.D.: Author- Gastroenterology Section)

On Staff At

  • 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