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Hannibal Regional Welcomes New Gastroenterologist, Dr. Ahmed Bookmark

Dr. Ahmed Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to welcome gastroenterologist, Dr. Ahmed, to their team. Khulood Ahmed, MD is board certified in gastroenterology and has been practicing medicine for over twenty years.

Dr. Ahmed was most recently practicing gastroenterology at the University of Missouri in Columbia and is excited to be part of the Hannibal community. “The Hannibal community is a great place to continue raising our family” shares Dr. Ahmed. “This is a beautiful area and is filled with a welcoming, supportive community and team at Hannibal Regional.”

Dr. Ahmed provides diagnosis and treatment of complex gastroenterology and liver-related diseases and performs diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. She specializes in general gastrointestinal and liver cases: the diagnosis and treatment of IBD (inflammatory bowel diseases), viral hepatitis and other liver diseases, colon and intestinal diseases, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and gastrointestinal ulcers. Dr. Ahmed also treats acute gastrointestinal bleeding and acute pancreatitis. If you are experiencing reflux/acidity, abdominal pain, diarrhea, abnormal changes in bowel habits, nausea, or vomiting you are encouraged to call to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Ahmed enjoys taking care of her patients, getting to know them and their health concerns and helping them feel better. “When you don’t feel well, it’s hard to enjoy even the smallest activities - one of the best things about my job is that I can help people feel better and get them back to enjoying life” shares Dr. Ahmed.

Dr. Ahmed’s office is located on the third floor of the Hannibal Medical Group building. To schedule an appointment call (573) 629-3500.

As part of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, the Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri and west central Illinois residents. HRMG family and specialty physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hannibal Regional Medical Group has locations in Bowling Green, Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Monroe City, and Shelbina.

Hannibal Resident Chooses BETTER Bookmark

Just after his 70th birthday, David Bailey was faced with a choice that would have a big impact on his well-being.  David had been experiencing some health concerns and after encouragement from his family made an appointment to see a primary care physician.  David chose Dr. Hossein Behniaye at Hannibal Regional Medical Group to guide him on his path to better.

“In my coaching days I used to say, ‘use what you have to get what you want.”  Hannibal Regional had the quality care I needed under one roof,” shares David. “I did have choices - and I could have chosen to go somewhere else for my medical care - but everything I needed was right here, close to home.”

At his appointment, David visited with Dr. Behniaye about some swelling and skin irritation he had been experiencing.  Due to David’s past medical history, Dr. Behniaye called on fellow physician Dr. Schuyler Metlis to help determine what the skin irritation may be.  David had previously been treated for melanoma so it was determined it would be best to do a skin biopsy. Dr. Behniaye also advised David to seek the care of gastroenterologist Dr. Ashraf Almashhrawi for a colonoscopy.  

The colonoscopy revealed David had colon cancer and would need treatment.  David then had surgery to remove part of his colon and is now undergoing treatment at the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center with oncologist, Dr. Kristen Strasser.  

“Throughout my entire journey, the physicians and staff at Hannibal Regional have been professional, personal and knowledgeable.” says David. “Their follow up care has been amazing and I’ve always felt like a partner in my health journey.

What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer Bookmark

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Almashhrawi, gastroenterologist with Hannibal Regional Medical Group, would like to share some information to help you stay well. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States and 90% of those cases occur in people who are 50 years of age or older.

Colon cancer starts in either your colon or rectum, which make up the lower part of your digestive tract. Changes that occur in the cells which line the inside of the colon or rectum can lead to growths called polyps. Over time, some types of polyps can become cancerous so removing polyps early may stop cancer from ever forming.

“Often signs and symptoms of colon cancer only appear when the cancer has progressed to late stage cancer or has spread.” notes Dr. Almashhrawi. Some of the symptoms of colon cancer are blood on or in your bowel movement; pains, aches or cramps in your stomach that doesn’t go away; constant tiredness; vomiting and unexplained weight loss. Many of these symptoms may be caused by other, more common health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have colorectal cancer.

“If you’re 50 or older, getting a colorectal cancer screening could save your life,” shares Dr. Almashhrawi. “Regular screening is very important for colorectal cancer because it can often detect cancer early, when it will likely be easier to treat. In fact, screening can even prevent many colorectal cancers, because screening helps us find and remove growths inside the colon or rectum before they have a chance to turn into cancer.” If you are age 50 or over you should be getting screened for colorectal cancer. Some people are at higher risk for colorectal cancer, based on family history or other factors. They might need to start screening at a younger age, and then be screened more often than normal. How often you need these tests depends on which test you have. In general, you can go longer between tests if you have a colonoscopy, which lets the doctor find and remove polyps, or similar tests. Screening tests that look for blood or other things in the stool must be done more often.

“Talk with your healthcare provider about which screening option is right for you.” says Dr. Almashhrawi. “No matter which test you choose, the most important thing is that you get screened.” It's important to keep in mind that if cancer is found at an early stage during screening, treatment is more likely to be effective. There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors in the United States. To contact Dr. Almashhrawi’s office call 573-629-3400.