Curtis A. Baum M.D.

/KUR-tis/ /bahm/
"You’re going to get our best effort at getting you to feel better."
My Medical Specialty: Gastroenterology
Male | Speaks: English

I’m Dr. Baum. I’m a gastroenterologist here at the Cotton O’Neil Digestive Health Center.

Why did you choose to work at Stormont Vail Health?

I had always wanted to practice in a multispecialty group practice. And a number of the members of my medical school class were also practicing here.

What procedures do you specialize in?

If you’re an adult with a gut problem, you’re going to want to see a gastroenterologist.

Gastroenterologists are proceduralists, and so a gastroenterologist can do a variety of procedures. What I basically do is upper endoscopy, also known as EGD, and colonoscopy.

How would you describe what a typical patient is experiencing when they first come to you?

I see quite a few patients that come in for a screening colonoscopy. Those are healthy individuals who turn 50 and elect to have a screening colonoscopy. Those patients are typically anxious, worried. They’re afraid I’m going to find something, and sometimes we do. But more often than not, when we find something, it’s a polyp, or a growth that can be removed, and in that fashion, dramatically lower that patient’s risk of developing colon cancer.

Why should patients trust you with their care?

I think patients should know that they’re going to get really good care here. … Taking a team approach, which is what we emphasize here, you’re going to get our best effort at getting you to feel better.

Board Certification

American Board Internal Medicine
American Board Internal Medicine (Gastroenterology)

Fellowships

University of Kansas School of Medicine
Gastroenterology
Kansas City, KS 1988

Residency

University of Kansas School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Kansas City, KS 1986

Medical School

University of Kansas School of Medicine
Kansas City, KS 1983

This Provider Practices at:

Cotton O'Neil Digestive Health Center
720 S.W. Lane St.
Topeka, KS 66606-1539

(785) 270-4864
Fax: (785) 270-4877

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