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We found 60 gastroenterologists who accept Cigna near Chicago, IL.

Dr. William Robert Brugge, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. William Brugge is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brugge attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency. Dr. Brugge has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology.; Fellow, American Society of GI Endoscopy; and Fellow, American Gastroenterology Association. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Brugge's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Tumor, Pancreatic Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Biliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Neuroendocrine Tumors, ... (Read more)

Dr. Darren Michael Brenner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Darren Brenner specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brenner include gastrointestinal bleeding, anorectal problems, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brenner honors. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Anorectal Problems, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Ruchim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
680 North Lake Shore Drive; Suite 118
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Ruchim is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. Dr. Ruchim is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ruchim's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1900 West Polk Street; 11th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kagalwalla include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Dr. Kagalwalla is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College. Dr. Kagalwalla's medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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Clinical interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Lawrence Flamm, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Steven Flamm is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Flamm include hepatitis C, endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL), and hepatitis B. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Flamm has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Liver Transplant, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Upper Endoscopy, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph John Karacic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E. Erie Street; Lavin 2250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Karacic practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Karacic is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is rated 1.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karacic takes. Dr. Karacic has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Josh Levitsky, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Josh Levitsky's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Dr. Levitsky's areas of expertise include the following: viral hepatitis, endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL), and cirrhosis. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Levitsky is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Upper Endoscopy, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajesh N Keswani, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Keswani is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. Dr. Keswani accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Keswani welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Small Intestine Disorders, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Estella Maria Alonso, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Estella Alonso's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and adult hepatology; she sees patients in Chicago, IL. She is conversant in Spanish. In her practice, Dr. Alonso focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Alonso is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Alonso takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Research, Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Charles Allan Pratt, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Se
Chiago, IL
 

Dr. C. Pratt's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), food allergy, and eosinophilic esophagitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pratt accepts. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Pratt performed his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Pratt's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bass is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Hector M Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1801 West Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center -, Suite 2-e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Hector Hernandez specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Hernandez's education and training includes medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Hernandez is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Dr. Mary E Rinella, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mary Rinella specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Dr. Rinella has a special interest in viral hepatitis, endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL), and colonoscopy. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Rinella (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Rinella is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Upper Endoscopy, Liver Biopsy, Liver Disease, Viral ... (Read more)

Dr. John E Pandolfino, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Pandolfino is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Pandolfino's education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy

Dr. Laura H Yun, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N. Saint Clair Street; Suite 1400
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Laura Yun is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yun include crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Yun is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yun graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Women's Health Issues, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Lisa Beth Vanwagner, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lisa Vanwagner is an adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) specialist in Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, preventive care, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). Dr. Vanwagner is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Vanwagner obtained her medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Preventive Care, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Liver ... (Read more)

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.