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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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), food allergy, and eosinophilic esophagitis. 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 obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Pratt is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is an adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and celiac disease. Dr. McConnie is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush University Medical Center. He honors Medicare insurance. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Albany Medical College. Dr. McConnie completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Yale University and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. McConnie (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Kagalwalla include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). 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 in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Grant Medical College and performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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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's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and adult hepatology. She practices in Chicago, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Alonso is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. Her education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In addition to English, Dr. Alonso speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Chicago, IL. Dr. Kahn has indicated that her clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She is conversant in French. She is professionally affiliated with Access Community Health Network (ACCESS).

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bass takes. Dr. Bass graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Bass's medical residency was performed 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: 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's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He practices in Maywood, IL, Chicago, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. Dr. Hernandez's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. He speaks Spanish.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Chicago, IL. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Whitington's clinical interests include liver transplant. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Whitington has a closed panel. Before performing his residency at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Dr. Whitington attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Springfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Winfield, IL. Dr. Fishbein is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). 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. 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. Dr. Fishbein's average rating from his patients is 0.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fishbein honors.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist and general pediatrician. Dr. Gunasekaran's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Dr. Gunasekaran attended medical school at Madras Medical College. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Tamil. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. She has a special interest in pancreas problems, hepatobiliary disorders, and liver transplant. Dr. Azzam obtained her medical school training at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. In addition to English, she speaks 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In Dr. Strople's practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Strople is affiliated with 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and liver transplant. Dr. Mohammad is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He obtained his medical school training at Aga Khan University Medical College and performed his residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Dr. Mohammad's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Brown is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Brown include inflammatory bowel disease. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Before performing his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Brown attended Indiana University School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Dr. Sandler attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with MSU College of Human Medicine for residency. He is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease, nutritional deficiencies, and abdominal pain. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Sandler is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. He 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. In her practice, Dr. Cohran focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cohran takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Cohran has a closed panel. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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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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