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Charles Allan Pratt MD, MPH
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 SE
Chiago, IL
(312) 227-0300; (630) 933-6631

Dr. C. Pratt's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), food allergy, and eosinophilic esophagitis. 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. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Pratt performed his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Pratt honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis, Diagnostic Testing, ... (Read more)

Randolph Michael McConnie MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
1725 W. Harrison Street; Suite 946
Chicago, IL
(708) 798-8112; (312) 942-2889

Dr. Randolph McConnie's specialties are adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and celiac disease. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. McConnie graduated from Albany Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. McConnie (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush University Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Celiac disease, Colonoscopy, Crohn's disease, Diarrhea, Endoscopy, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy ... (Read more)

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla MD, MBBS
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1900 West Polk Street; 11th floor
Chicago, IL
(312) 864-6000; (312) 864-4116

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla practices pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kagalwalla accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from Grant Medical College and then he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Kagalwalla's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic gastroenteritis, allergic bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Estella Maria (Marie) Alonso MD
Specializes in Adult Hepatology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-4354; (312) 227-4200

Dr. Estella Alonso is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and adult hepatology. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alonso accepts. Before performing her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Alonso attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Alonso's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Transplantation, Liver, Liver transplantation, liver disease, fulminant hepatitic failure, neonatal ... (Read more)

Dr. Stacy A Kahn MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
150 E. Huron Street; Suite 900
Chicago, IL
(773) 702-6418; (773) 288-6900

Dr. Stacy Kahn's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her clinical interests encompass crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is affiliated with Access Community Health Network (ACCESS). After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Kahn completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. In addition to English, she speaks French.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric gastroenterology, Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Clostridium difficile infection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee Michael Bass MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 327-2101; (312) 227-4200

Dr. Lee Bass' specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Bass include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bass honors. Before performing his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Dr. Bass attended Rush Medical College for medical school. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Gastroesophageal reflux, cholestatic liver disease, primary sclerosing ... (Read more)

Hector M Hernandez MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1801 West Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center -, Suite 2-E
Chicago, IL
(708) 216-4403; (312) 996-7416

Dr. Hector Hernandez is a pediatric gastroenterologist and general pediatrician in Maywood, IL, Chicago, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hernandez is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Dr. Peter F Whitington MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-4643; (312) 227-4000

Dr. Peter Whitington is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include liver transplant. The average patient rating for Dr. Whitington is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Whitington accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. Dr. Whitington graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Transplantation, Liver, Transplantation, liver diseases, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Liver ... (Read more)

Mark H Fishbein MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
(217) 545-0702; (312) 227-0300

Dr. Mark Fishbein is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Fishbein attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patient ratings for Dr. Fishbein average 0.5 stars out of 5. He honors United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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.

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Clinical interests: Feeding aversion, extreme food selectivity, food chaining, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran MD, FAAP
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1801 West Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center -, Suite 2-E
Chicago, IL
(847) 723-7700; (312) 996-7416

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He is conversant in Tamil. He is especially interested in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn in Children and Adolescents, Reflux Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Ruba Khader Azzam MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5841 S Maryland Avenue # MC1099; MC 4065
Chicago, IL
(773) 702-6418

Dr. Ruba Azzam is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Evergreen Park, IL, Chicago, IL, and Palos Heights, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, hepatobiliary disorders, and liver transplant. Dr. Azzam attended the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center for residency. She is conversant in Arabic.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric hepatobiliary diseases, Pediatric liver transplantation, Pancreatic diseases, General ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Armstrong Strople MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3rd Floor East
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-4354; (847) 486-6550

Dr. Jennifer Strople's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Strople has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Strople's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Inflammatory bowel disease, outcomes research, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Saeed Mohammad MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL
(312) 227-0300; (773) 327-2021

Dr. Saeed Mohammad practices pediatric gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and liver transplant. Dr. Mohammad is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Dr. Mohammad attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Liver disease; liver transplantation, outcomes research, Clinical ... (Read more)

Jeffrey B Brown MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 880-4938; (773) 327-2021

Dr. Jeffrey Brown is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Brown focuses on inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Brown is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Brown graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Inflammatory bowel disease

Richard H Sandler MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1725 W. Harrison Avenue
Chicago, IL
(312) 942-2889

Dr. Richard Sandler is a pediatric gastroenterologist and adult hepatologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, nutritional deficiencies, and abdominal pain. Dr. Sandler is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with MSU College of Human Medicine. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Sandler's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Abdominal Pain, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Neurological Complications - ... (Read more)

Valeria C Cohran MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 975-8729; (312) 227-4200

Dr. Valeria Cohran practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Cohran's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Cohran honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Transplantation, Intestinal, Transplantation, Liver, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Short bowel ... (Read more)

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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