Karlee Ausk
Karlee J. Ausk, MD

Karlee J. Ausk, MD

Karlee J. Ausk, MD
Specialty

Gastroenterology, Hepatology

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Celiac Sprue Disease, Colon Cancer, Colon Cancer Prevention, Colon Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Crohn's Disease, Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Insurance Accepted:

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Philosophy of Care

Dr. Ausk attended medical school at the University of Washington, where she also completed Internal Medicine residency, chief residency, and fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She practices general gastroenterology and hepatology with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer screening. She believes that healthcare providers have the privilege of accompanying patients and their families through the often stressful times brought on by an illness. She strives to guide patients in making healthcare decisions considering the best evidence available tailored to their individual story.

Personal Interests

When not at work, Dr. Ausk is usually spending time with her husband and two young children. She also enjoys cooking, dining out, running, reading, and attending Husky sporting events.

Medical School

University of Washington School of Medicine

Residency

Internal Medicine, University of Washington

Fellowship(s)

Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Washington

Board Certifications

Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

Make a new year's resolution to be screened for colorectal cancer

We have come upon the time of year when we reflect back on the events of 2012 and look forward to new beginnings in 2013. About 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year and frequently these resolutions are health-related.

Why not let 2013 be the year you resolve to be updated on colorectal cancer screening?

Why should I worry about colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The average lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 5%. In the colon, cancer usually arises over time from abnormal polyps, called adenomas. This provides us the rare and life-saving opportunity to intervene and remove polyps to prevent cancer from developing. Pre-cancerous polyps or early cancers do not always cause symptoms, highlighting the need for routine screening.

Simply stated, there are large studies showing that screening for colorectal cancer prevents cancer. Screening saves lives. Screening detects cancer at an early and more treatable stage. How can you argue with that?

Who should be screened for colorectal cancer?

Regardless of your age, you should discuss any GI symptoms you are concerned about with your healthcare team.

If you are without symptoms...

Probiotics and our gut - what you should know

Did you know that the bacteria that live in our intestines account for over two pounds of our body weight? And that there are 10 times the number of bacterial cells in our body than human cells? Some bacteria play a beneficial role in a normal gastrointestinal (GI) tract and are known as probiotics.

Probiotics have a variety of functions in the GI tract including aiding the intestinal immune system and the intestinal nervous system, breaking our food into nutrients, blocking the bad bacteria, and promoting a healthy intestinal lining. With so many important tasks, it is no surprise that probiotics can be used to treat some common GI conditions. Though studies of probiotics are small with considerable variability, there is evidence supporting probiotic use for prevention of diarrhea caused by antibiotic use and treatment of infectious diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, clostridium difficile, and irritable bowel syndrome.

What you should know:

The U.S. FDA considers probiotics as dietary supplements, so their production is not tightly regulated and quality can vary widely. In addition, insurance companies do not cover probiotics, and the cost adds up quickly.

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Offices

Gastroenterology - Ballard
Swedish Tallman Professional Clinic
5350 Tallman Ave., N.W., Suite 304
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-215-4250
Fax: 206-215-4252
Map & Directions
Gastroenterology - Seattle - First Hill
1221 Madison St.
Suite 1220
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-215-4250
Fax: 206-215-4252
Map & Directions

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