We found 67 gastroenterologists who accept Cigna near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. William Brugge works as an adult gastroenterologist. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brugge include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He 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 honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. His distinctions include: Fellow, American Society of GI Endoscopy; Fellow, American Gastroenterology Association; and Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bile Duct Cancer, Pancreatitis, Pancreas Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Barrett's Esophagus, Stomach ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla practices pediatric gastroenterology in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Kagalwalla attended the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Stacy A Kahn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5401 S Wentworth
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stacy Kahn is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease. She is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Humana, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kahn graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Kahn trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. She has received distinctions including Fellow, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship; Best Basic Science Faculty Abstract, University of Chicago Pediatrics; and Selectee, AGA Academic Skills Workshop. In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. Kahn is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, and Access Community Health Network (ACCESS). She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. C. Pratt is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Chicago, IL. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and food allergy. Dr. Pratt is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. Before performing his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Dr. Pratt attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Pratt is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Estella Alonso is a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist. Dr. Alonso has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She obtained her medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Alonso's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Darren Michael Brenner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Darren Brenner is a gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and anorectal problems. Dr. Brenner's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Brenner's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anorectal Problems, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lee Bass is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bass takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is professionally 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 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, Suite 2e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Hector Hernandez's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. After completing medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Hernandez performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Steven Lawrence Flamm, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Steven Flamm's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. His clinical interests include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis C, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Flamm studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Flamm's residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Michael Ruchim, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ruchim attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ruchim has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Karacic works as a gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Karacic's patients gave him an average rating of 1.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karacic include diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), 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. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Karacic attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency.

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

Dr. Rajesh N Keswani, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Keswani is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. Dr. Keswani takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Enteroscopy, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lisa Vanwagner is an adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) specialist. Dr. Vanwagner's clinical interests include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and preventive care. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Vanwagner completed a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Vanwagner is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. Dr. Fishbein is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has a 0.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Fishbein takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Josh Levitsky, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Josh Levitsky's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Dr. Levitsky's areas of clinical interest consist of esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), viral hepatitis, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), 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. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Levitsky trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency.

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

Dr. Mary E Rinella, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mary Rinella is an adult gastroenterologist and hepatologist. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, she completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Rinella's clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), viral hepatitis, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rinella honors. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Rinella (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Liver Biopsy, Liver Disease, Viral Hepatitis, Colonoscopy, ... (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.
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