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We found 117 gastroenterologists who accept Humana Simplicity near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla practices pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kagalwalla takes. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Kagalwalla attended medical school at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. C. Pratt's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Pratt's areas of expertise include obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and food allergy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Pratt completed a residency program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Pratt's 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 is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Darren Brenner is an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. These areas are among Dr. Brenner's clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, anorectal problems, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Brenner trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Scott Jay Cotler, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
2335 - B S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Scott Cotler works as a gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Cotler's areas of expertise include hepatitis C, liver cancer, and hepatitis B. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Cotler studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Hepatitis B

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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Dr. Flamm's areas of expertise include hepatitis C, endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL), and hepatitis B. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Flamm attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Flamm has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Michael Ruchim's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Ruchim attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Ruchim has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He 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. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bass accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bass trained 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 sees patients in Chicago, IL, Maywood, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. His medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He attended medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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

Dr. Joseph Karacic's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 1.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Karacic's areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. He is 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Karacic is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program.

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Clinical interests: Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Endoscopy, ... (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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Keswani is especially interested in endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. 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, TRICARE, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Keswani attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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

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

Dr. Mark Fishbein's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 0.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fishbein honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical Center's residency program. 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. Dr. Fishbein has an open panel.

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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 is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. His areas of expertise include viral hepatitis, endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL), and cirrhosis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levitsky takes. Dr. Levitsky is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. Dr. Levitsky is professionally 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, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Upper Endoscopy, Liver ... (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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Her areas of expertise include viral hepatitis, endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL), and colonoscopy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rinella takes. Dr. Rinella attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Rinella's training includes a residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Rinella (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Rinella is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Richard Vincent Benya, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1740 W Taylor Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Richard Benya's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Benya has indicated that his clinical interests include heartburn, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Benya is affiliated with Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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Clinical interests: Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Hemorrhoids, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

Dr. Peter F Whitington, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Peter Whitington specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Whitington include liver transplant. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Whitington accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Whitington is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Whitington is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Liver Disease

Dr. Leonard Kweku Baidoo, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Leonard Baidoo, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Baidoo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Ghana Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Oxford. Dr. Baidoo's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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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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.