Ascentist Physicians Group


Lee’s Summit, MO | Kansas City, MO | Belton, MO |  Lenexa, KS | Kansas City, KS | Leawood, KS

MO: 816.478.4200 | KS: 913.721.3387 |

ENT Otolaryngology

Colleen N. Johnson, MD; Douglas H. Cowan, MD

Ascentist Physicians Group would like to congratulate Dr. Colleen Johnson and Dr. Douglas Cowan for being nominated as Top Doctors! We value all of our providers, and the two of you certainly represent our organization well. Your care of patients and the way you interact with our staff makes this nomination well deserved. Congrats!

Ascentist Physicians Group (formerly ENT Associates of Greater Kansas City) is also happy to announce the merger between Head and Neck Surgical Associates and our group.

The combined practice will have over 100 employees, 17 otolaryngology (ENT) physicians, two nurse practitioners and 15 professionally licensed audiologists serving over 45,000 patient encounters per year. We are extremely excited to have Head and Neck Surgical Associates join the Ascentist team.

This merger allows us to further our mission of providing the highest-quality health care while reducing overall health care costs. We continually push all of our providers and staff to do the right thing.

“We have an amazing culture where we encourage everyone to openly discuss concerns and ways to improve patient care,” Cowan says. “Our providers collaborate extensively both in person and on continuous, daily chat feeds.  It’s common to have multiple providers review a challenging case the same day the patient is seen. In addition, we encourage our physicians to ask for assistance on more intensive surgical cases. This collegial approach is one of the most important ways we improve patient care and continue to learn from each other. We can always get better.”

“With the right infrastructure,” Dr. Jason Showmaker of Ascentist says, “you can bring out the best in all of your physicians. I can attest that Ascentist is doing just that — bringing out the best for patient care.”

Dr. Kelvin Walls of Ascentist adds: “We also extend the model to fit the type of lifestyle our physicians are seeking in their pursuit of work-life balance. We are innovative, we embrace new technologies, and we provide flexibility so that our physicians and staff feel they are a part of the practice in a way that they define. We strongly believe our culture improves job satisfaction and helps prevent burnout.”

This structure has allowed Johnson and Cowan to thrive. “Our practice’s structure has allowed me and the other physicians to focus our attention on the patient,” Johnson says. “This allows us to work with our patients to find best treatment options for them.”

We look forward to the future!

Did you know?

▶︎Ascentist Physicians Group is the largest physician-owned otolaryngology (ENT) practice in the metro and, together with Head and Neck Surgical Associates, will continue to provide the best ENT care for our patients throughout the Kansas City region.

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