The Center for Rheumatic Disease

  • 11 Rheumatologists
  • 5 Locations around the Kansas City Metropolitan area
  • 60 Years in continuous practice
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Experienced Board certified Rheumatologists

Efficient

Onsite X-ray, Bone Density, Phlebotomy and Infusion Services

Experienced

Proudly serving Kansas City for over 60 years

We are pleased to announce that we have relocated two of our offices!

Expanding will allow us to continue to provide top quality care for our patients.

Our Plaza office opened March 26, 2021(Pictured here). The new office is located approximately ½ block Southwest of the Broadway entrance to our previous office at the Saint Luke’s Plaza Campus. New Plaza Address:

4440 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Our Overland Park office opened May 3, 2021. The new office is located just 0.6 miles South of our current office at the Saint Luke’s South Campus. New Overland Park Address:

12850 Metcalf Ave, Suite 220
Overland Park, KS 66213

We assure you that this will not affect the continuity of care for any of our patients at any of our offices. Our current phone number will not change. This change will not affect our Northland, Olathe/Lenexa, or Lee’s Summit clinics.

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Covid Updates

If you are having symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath please reschedule your appointment by calling or messaging through our patient portal. Please continue to wear masks, perform good hand hygiene, and practice social distancing as recommended. We have implemented telehealth visits and encourage their use when appropriate.

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION:

Currently, we are not aware of any compelling reason for our patients to avoid these vaccines. We always weigh potential risks and benefits of any therapy and in this case, we think vaccination to protect against getting COVID-19 and to end this terrible pandemic is paramount.  Most of our medications can be continued without pause while obtaining any vaccination.

If you take the following medications, and your rheumatologic disease is doing well, please HOLD your medication for 1 week after each dose of COVID-19 vaccine:

Methotrexate, Xeljanz, Rinvoq, Olumiant

If you are taking any of the following medications, please contact your Rheumatologist to discussing the timing of your vaccination:

Rituximab, Cyclophosphamide (Intravenous), Orencia

 

VACCINE BOOSTER INFORMATION:

The FDA has expanded the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for the purpose of boosting many of the immunosuppressed patients with autoimmune diseases, and furthermore has expanded this booster recommendation to the general public.

If you received a Moderna vaccine series, the booster dose was approved for full or half dose.  If you are on any medication listed below, we recommend getting a full dose booster shot versus the half dose.

A decision on to get a 4th or 5th booster shot is an individualized decision. Please speak with your physician.

If you are on ANY of the following medications listed below, we highly encourage you to get a booster dose.

Pills/capsules:

Prednisone (20 mg/daily or greater), Methotrexate, Azathioprine

Leflunomide, Mycophenolate (Cellcept), Tofacitinib (Xeljanz), Baricitinib (Olumiant), Upadacitinib (Rinvoq), Cyclophosphamide

Injectables/IV drugs:

Etanercept, Adalimumab, Infliximab, Certolizumab, Golimumab, Tocilizumab, Secukinumab, Ixekizumab, Cyclophosphamide, Abatacept, Rituximab, Belimumab

To find a location to receive your booster, please visit Vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233.  There is no need to get antibody test to see if you mounted immunity from your initial round of vaccination. 

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Covering All Grounds

Experience. Collaboration. Accountability.

Our physicians have trained all over the United States, with decades of experience.

We routinely meet as colleagues to review cases, explore the latest treatments, and collaborate for the good of our patients.

We help train and mold future physicians as adjunct UMKC School of Medicine professors.

Meet Our Newest Physicians

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Jennifer Kendall, M.D.
Board Certified Rheumatologist

Dr. Jennifer Kendall grew up in Maine, and attended medical school at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. She fell in love with Kansas City while completing her internal medicine residency at The University of Kansas. Dr. Kendall worked for two years in outpatient internal medicine before realizing her passion for bone, joints, and autoimmune diseases! She subsequently completed her fellowship at The University of Kansas. Dr. Kendall enjoys being active outdoors with her family. She currently is seeing patients at our South and West Offices.  

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Jeremy Sharp, M.D.
Board Certified Rheumatologist

Dr. Jeremy Sharp is returning home to Kansas City after training in California. He completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at Saint Louis University. He did his Internal Medicine residency in San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Medical System. He is an avid sports and outdoor activity enthusiast. He is accepting patients at our West office and Plaza locations.

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Sarah Fantus, M.D.
Board Certified Rheumatologist

Dr. Sarah Fantus is looking forward to working alongside her mother, Dr. Ann Warner.  Dr. Fantus completed her Rheumatology fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago.  She went to medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Loyola University in Chicago.  After her fellowship, she continued on as faculty at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, as an Assistant Professor of Rheumatology, Fellowship Associate Program Director, and Co-Director of the Scleroderma Program. She is accepting patients starting September 1, 2022 at our West and Plaza locations.

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Erica Rosen, D.O.
Board Certified Rheumatologist

Dr. Erica Rosen completed her Rheumatology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She went to medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed her internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in St Louis. She is board certified in internal medicine and will be board eligible for rheumatology this year. She is currently accepting patients starting January 1st, 2023. She will be seeing patients at our East, North, and Plaza locations.

Plaza Primary Care and Geriatrics Location Change

Our long time primary care affiliation, Plaza Primary Care and Geriatrics, has moved!

The Plaza Primary Care office has moved into a new office at
4177 Broadway Blvd, Suite #200, Kansas City MO, 64111

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Our Team

Meet Our Physicians

K ``Kwas`` Huston, M.D.

Board Certified Rheumatologist

Christopher D. Koenig, M.D.

Board Certified Rheumatologist

Mike W. Smith, M.D.

Board Certified Rheumatologist

Ann E. Warner, M.D.

Board Certified Rheumatologist

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Whatever your challenge, our goal is to help turn complex situations into successful outcomes