We found 118 gastroenterologists who accept Humana Simplicity near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla sees patients in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He 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 studied medicine at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. His residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan. 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. Dr. Kagalwalla is open to 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Pratt is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. His areas of expertise include obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and food allergy. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. His 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. Dr. Pratt is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Scott Cotler's specialties are gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology. Dr. Cotler's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of hepatitis C, liver cancer, and hepatitis B. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cotler takes. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Cotler performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional 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. Darren Michael Brenner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Darren Brenner's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and anorectal problems. Dr. Brenner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His professional 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: 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 medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Bass is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bass trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Bass focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bass 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist and general pediatrician in Maywood, IL, Chicago, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. He attended Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez takes. Dr. Hernandez is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. These areas are among Dr. Flamm's clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis C, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Flamm has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. 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 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 is an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. These areas are among Dr. Ruchim's clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Ruchim takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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

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 specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), viral hepatitis, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Levitsky's education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Levitsky is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Liver Biopsy, Viral ... (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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 1.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Karacic is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Karacic is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Karacic attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school.

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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 physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Keswani include endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. Dr. Keswani 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: 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 a gastroenterologist and hepatologist in Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and preventive care. Dr. Vanwagner's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Vanwagner completed a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Fishbein has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally 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 a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Fishbein completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 0.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fishbein's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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 a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rinella include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), viral hepatitis, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete her 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 Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Peter Whitington, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Whitington graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He trained at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis for residency. His areas of expertise include liver transplant. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Whitington has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Whitington's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Liver Disease

Dr. Niraj K Ajmere, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
251 Huron Galter Pavillion; 18th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Niraj Ajmere practices adult gastroenterology in Chicago, IL, Winfield, IL, and Geneva, IL. The average patient rating for Dr. Ajmere is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ajmere's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, pancreas problems, and colon cancer. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ajmere graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Biliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, 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.
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