Physician Profile

Saint Luke’s Care Member

Physician Profile

Lee S Cummings, MD

Transplant Surgery, Surgery (General)

Education

Medical School
St. George's University School of Medicine, Great River, NY
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Philadelphia, PA
Residency
Surgical, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Fellowship
Surg/Transplantation, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery

Academic Titles

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine

Clinical Interests

  • liver transplant
  • small bowel transplant
  • kidney transplant
  • pancreatic surgery/whipple procedure, including laparoscopic
  • hebatobiliary surgery, including laparoscopic

Biography

Dr. Cummings attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his general surgery residency at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. His training culminated at Georgetown University where he completed a fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery. He specializes in liver, intestine, multivisceral, kidney and pancreatic transplant. He is also trained in the management of benign and malignant diseases of the bile duct, liver and pancreas. During his fellowship, he accrued vast knowledge and experience in the management of short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure.

His interest in providing treatment for patients with conditions—such as cancer of the bile ducts, pancreas and liver, end stage liver disease, cirrhosis, management of intestinal fistulas, short bowel syndrome, and end stage renal disease—led Dr. Cummings to pursue the above training path. He is currently certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Dr. Cummings joined the group of physicians at Saint Luke's Liver Disease Management and Liver and Transplant Specialists. He was drawn to the program because he believes in their system of a multidisciplinary approach to provide thorough patient centered care for the above listed complex medical conditions.

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
  • Beech Street (PPO)
  • Century Health Solutions (PPO)
  • Cigna (HMO)
  • Cigna (Open Access)
  • Cigna (PPO)
  • Cigna HealthSpring (HMO Medicare Advantage)
  • CompResults (WC)
  • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
  • Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra (PPO)
  • Golden Rule
  • Great West HealthCare (POS)
  • Great West HealthCare (PPO)
  • Great West HealthCare One Health Plan
  • Great West HealthCare One Health Plan/Gen AM
  • 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)
  • TRICARE
  • 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

Publications

Hart, Deirdre, MD; Gooden, Christie, MD; Cummings, L.S. MD; Wible, Brandt, MD; Borsa, John, MD; Randall, Henry, MDModification of the HeRO® Graft Allowing Earlier Cannulation and Reduction in Catheter Dependent Days in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease: A Single Center Retrospective Review. The scientific world Journal. Volume 2014, Article ID 318629. 

BC Wible, MD, C Gooden, MD, N Saucier, MD, John J Borsa, MD, Lee S Cummings, MD, Kenneth Cho, MD. Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer Endobiliary Obliteration of Hepatic Segments in a Patient with Isolated Bile Leaks. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Volume 25, Issue 11, Pages 1821–1825, November 2014.

Chirag S. Desai, MD, Rubie Maybury, MD, Lee S. Cummings, MD, Lynt B. Johnson, MD, Thomas M. Fishbein, MD, Richard Neville, MD, Joseph K. Melancon, MD. Auto transplantation of Solitary Kidney with Renal Artery Aneurysm Treated with Laparoscopic Nephrectomy and ex vivo Repair. Transplant Proceedings, 2011 Sep;43(7):2789-91 

L.S. Cummings MD, J. Hawksworth MD, J.F. Guerra MD, C.S. Desai MD, R. Girlanda MD, C.S. Matsumoto MD, L.B. Johnson MD, T.M. Fishbein MD, J.K. Melancon MD. Successful ABO incompatible Kidney Transplant after an Isolated Intestinal transplant. Transplantation. Volume 91, Number 10, E 73 to 74.  May 2011 . 

Joseph K. Melancon  MD, Lee S. Cummings MD, Jay Graham MD, Sandra Rosen-Bronsen PhD, Jimmy Light MD, Chirag S. Desai MD, Rafaelle Girlanda MD, Reza Ghesemian MD Joseph Africa MD, Lynt B. Johnson MD. Paired kidney donor exchanges and antibody reduction therapy: novel methods to ameliorate disparate access to living donor kidney transplantation in ethnic minorities. JACS. Volume 212, Issue 4, pages 740 to 745 April 2011. 

J.S. Hawksworth, L.S. Cummings, J. Guerra, R. Girlanda., S.S. Kaufman, L.B. Johnson, T.M. Fishbein, C.S. Matsumoto. Acute Cellular Rejection In Adult And Pediatric Intestinal Transplantation. Journal of surgical research, February 2011. Volume 165. Issue 2. Pages 181. 

D. Sherwinter MD, S.R. Subramanian MD, L.S. Cummings MD, M. F. Malit DO, S. L. Fink MD. J.M. Macura MD, H. L. Adler MD. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, Emedicine: Specialties/Clinical procedures, July 2010. 

Danny A. Sherwinter MD, Amar Gupta MD, Lee Cummings MD and Jeremy G. Eckstein MD. Experimental in vivo canine model for gastric prolapse of laparoscopic adjustable gastric band system. Sugery for obesity and related diseases, Volume 6 Issue 1, pages 68 to 71. Jan 2010.  

Danny A. Sherwinter MD, Amar Gupta MD, Lee S. Cummings MD, Sidney Z. Brejt BA, Shelly Z. Brejt BA, Jerzy M. Macura MD, and Harry Adler MD. Evaluation of a modified circular stapler for use as a viscerotomy formation and closure device in natural orifice surgery. Surgical endoscopy Volume 24 number 6 pages 1456 to 1461, Dec 2009. 

I. Brichkov MD, L. Cummings MD, and J. Horovitz MD. Non-operative management of spontaneous splenic rupture. The American Surgeon Volume 72 pages 401 to 404, May 2006. 

L. Cummings MD, V. Reid MD, K. Sheka MD. Elastofibroma Dorsi; A diagnostic dilema. Surgical rounds Volume 27 pages 428 to 431, Sep 2004. 

On Staff At

  • Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
  • Saint Luke's South Hospital