Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Program provides early detection, expert diagnosis, personalized treatment options, and survivorship support to every patient. Our team of experts includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, and other cancer specialists.

A specially trained nurse navigator acts as a single point of contact for the patient, answering questions and coordinating care with appropriate specialists. Saint Luke’s multidisciplinary gastrointestinal cancer conference meets weekly to discuss patient care and develop personalized treatment plans. 

Our multiple accreditations ensure that patients receive the best care for their specific condition. Our experts specialize in a wide range of gastrointestinal diseases, including:

Call 816-932-2878 to schedule a consultation.

Leading-edge care

Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute’s team offers advanced robotic and minimally invasive surgery. The Center for Precision Oncology offers advanced expertise in genomic sequencing to identify treatments targeting genetic mutations that promote the tumor. Our patients also have access to a variety of clinical trials, including leading-edge industry trials and National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials through our affiliation with the Washington University School of Medicine. We also offer programs for patients and families, including genetic counseling, mental health assistance, educational sessions, nutrition coaching, among others.


Juliet Gyamfua Appiah, MD

Oncology / Hematology

Dhruv Bansal, MD

Oncology / Hematology

Sreekanth Donepudi, MD

Oncology / Hematology

Sashidhar Manthravadi, MD

Oncology / Hematology

Megan E McNally, MD

Surgical Oncology, Surgery (General)

Marc T Roth, MD

Oncology / Hematology

Addison R Tolentino, MD

Oncology / Hematology

Rachana Yendala, MD

Oncology / Hematology


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Saint Luke's News

Apr. 1, 2021

Health News You Can Use: Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Treatment Advances

Dr. Liudmila Schafer, Director of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute, shares preventive steps, why knowing your family history is important, and the new advancements in treatments. 
Apr. 1, 2021

KSHB: Chillicothe pastor helps doctors promote new age to start colon cancer screening

KSHB talked to one colorectal cancer survivor and Dr. Ben Kulow about why people should start getting regular screenings at age 45 instead of 50.
Mar. 22, 2021

KCTV: Colorectal cancer increasing in younger patients

KCTV talked to Dr. Robert Amajoyi and Dr. Ben Kulow about when you should begin regular screenings, as well as advances in colorectal cancer treatment.