We found 21 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HealthSmart near Addison, IL.

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Dr. Utpal Paul Parekh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1845 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL
 

Dr. Utpal Parekh specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Addison, IL. In addition to English, Dr. Parekh (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, hepatitis, and hemorrhoid banding. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). After attending Medical College and Hospital Kolkata for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maricopa Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Hemorrhoid Banding, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
701 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. James Berman works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Berman obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Clinical interests for Dr. Berman include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Berman honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, constipation, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
701 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gunasekaran include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Dhruva R Tilwalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17 West 755 Butterfield Road; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli practices adult gastroenterology in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Chicago, IL, and Burbank, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Shivaji University and then went on to complete his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Tilwalli's professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Bradley D Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Shapiro is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shapiro is especially interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Shapiro is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1845 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL
 

Dr. John Moran is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and gastroscopy. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moran accepts. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ball Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Colonoscopy, Barrett's ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian J Muska, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Brian Muska, who practices in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Muska's practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Muska has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. David J Sales, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 304, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. David Sales' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sales's clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), gastroscopy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. The average patient rating for Dr. Sales is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Sales has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Problems, Polypectomy, Liver Disease, Laser Treatment, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Asad S Aziz, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Asad Aziz's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Midwestern University. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Aziz's areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Joseph Anthony Lagattuta Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
303 E Army Trl Road; Suite 203
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Lagattuta's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, gastroscopy, and celiac disease. Dr. Lagattuta is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, celiac disease, intestinal (bowel) problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Naser M Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Naser Khan is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Dr. Khan honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Khan is a graduate of Deccan College of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP

Dr. Ajay Bajaj, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17 West 755 Butterfield Road; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Ajay Bajaj's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Dr. Bajaj attended Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Chicago Medical School for residency. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Bajaj is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: ERCP, Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colon Problems

Dr. Mandeep S Kohli, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
303 E Army Trail Road; Suite 301
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Mandeep Kohli's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Kohli (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. His education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kohli takes. Dr. Kohli is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Osteopathic Medicine, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Blood ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank C Chao, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
490 W Lake Street; Suite 101
Roselle, IL
 

Dr. Frank Chao's area of specialization is family medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Chao a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: minor surgery, general care, and venipuncture (phlebotomy). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Chao trained at Rush University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Biopsy, General ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter C Rantis Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Peter Rantis' areas of specialization are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: groin hernia, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and rectal surgery. Dr. Rantis is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rantis accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Anorectal Surgery, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, Weight Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. James M Kane Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. James Kane practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Clinical interests for Dr. Kane include thyroid problems, gastric bypass surgery, and breast issues. Dr. Kane is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kane has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Rectal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Neck Problems, Hernia, Gastric ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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