We found 20 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HealthSmart near Addison, IL.

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

Dr. James Berman's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Berman at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Berman's residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He is especially interested in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Dr. Gunasekaran attended Madras Medical College for medical school. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. His professional affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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

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

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

Dr. Utpal Parekh's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Parekh's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, hepatitis, and hemorrhoid banding. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. Before performing his residency at Maricopa Medical Center, Dr. Parekh attended Medical College and Hospital Kolkata for medical school. Dr. Parekh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Parekh is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli is an adult gastroenterologist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Chicago, IL, and Burbank, IL. His clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Shivaji University. Dr. Tilwalli trained at Weiss Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. His professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. He welcomes 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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shapiro include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Shapiro is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology in Addison, IL. Dr. Moran studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He trained at Ball Memorial Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moran include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and gastroscopy. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Muska honors. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Muska trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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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 is an adult gastroenterologist. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. Dr. Sales's clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), gastroscopy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO. He has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. Dr. Sales's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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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 medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at Midwestern University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is especially interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Aziz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Aziz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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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 is an adult gastroenterologist. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, gastroscopy, and celiac disease. Patients rated Dr. Lagattuta highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Adventist GlenOaks 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan takes. He studied medicine at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Khan's residency was performed at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP

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

Dr. Mandeep Kohli works as a general internist in Bloomingdale, IL. Dr. Kohli's areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kohli takes. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Kohli (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Edward-Elmhurst Health. Dr. Kohli welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Osteopathic Medicine, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Blood Pressure ... (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 is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Dr. Rantis's areas of expertise include groin hernia, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and rectal surgery. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. The average patient rating for Dr. Rantis is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include thyroid problems, gastric bypass surgery, and breast issues. The average patient rating for Dr. Kane is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kane is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. Dr. Kane's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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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)

Dr. Paul J Guske Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Paul Guske specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: gastric bypass surgery, colon surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Guske's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Guske honors. Dr. Guske graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin and then he performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallbladder Problems, Hernia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Colon Surgery, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Tad Grabowski, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 3004, Brock Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Grabowski is a general surgery specialist. His clinical interests include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Grabowski obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Colectomy, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Endoscopy, ... (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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