S.Y. Bob Gaekwad, MD, FACS

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S.Y. Bob Gaekwad, MD, FACS

Personal Biography:

Dr. Gaekwad received a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and completed residency training at the University of Missouri. He is board certified in general surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Gaekwad specializes in general, thoracic, parathyroid, thyroid and vascular surgery, as well as endoscopy.  He joined Samaritan in 2006 after being in private practice in Kansas.

Medical Education and Training:

Bachelor’s degree: University of Missouri, Kansas City
Medical degree: University of Missouri, Kansas City 
Residency: University of Missouri
Board certification: General surgery



  • Endoscopy
    Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure that is used to assess the interior surfaces of an organ by inserting a tube into the body. The instrument may have a rigid or flexible tube and not only provide an image for visual inspection and photography, but also enable taking biopsies and retrieval of foreign objects. Endoscopy is the vehicle for minimally invasive surgery and patients may receive conscious sedation so they do not have to be consciously aware of the discomfort.  Many endoscopic procedures are considered to be relatively painless and, at worst, associated with moderate discomfort.
  • General Surgery
    General surgery is a surgical specialty that requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment. Procedures frequently performed by general surgeons include, but are not limited to, abdominal organ surgery, breast surgery, colonoscopy, hernia repair and removal of the gall bladder.
  • Vascular Surgery
    Vascular surgery is a specialty that offers both surgical and minimally invasive treatment of problems associated with the blood vessels in the body. Vascular disease may include any condition that disrupts the effectiveness of the circulatory system.
  • Wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
    Providers trained in these therapies may use different treatment options for problem wounds that won’t heal. These providers also treat the underlying causes for these wounds. Wound treatments include deep-tissue removal and advanced skin substitutes, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is the use of 100-percent oxygen breathed at high pressure while inside a chamber. This high level of oxygen stimulates quicker healing as it promotes new tissue growth.