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We found 43 pediatric gastroenterologists near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kagalwalla attended Grant Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan for residency. Dr. Kagalwalla's hospital/clinic 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: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Estella Alonso works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist in Chicago, IL. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alonso include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Alonso is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Alonso is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. John Edward Fortunato Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Se
Chiago, IL
 

Dr. John Fortunato practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Fortunato is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fortunato include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicaid insurance. His education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, VCU Health Center & MCV Hospital and Physicians, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Lee Bass, who practices in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Bass focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bass's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. C. Pratt sees patients in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pratt include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), food allergy, and eosinophilic esophagitis. Dr. Pratt accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. 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: Nutrition Issues, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Obesity, ... (Read more)

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's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He practices in Chicago, IL, Maywood, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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

Dr. Mark Fishbein specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fishbein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He 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 graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Fishbein completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is rated 0.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Peter Whitington's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Whitington focuses on liver transplant. Patient ratings for Dr. Whitington average 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Whitington accepts. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Liver Disease

Dr. Randolph Michael McConnie, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
1725 W. Harrison Street; Suite 946
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Randolph McConnie specializes in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. McConnie studied medicine at Albany Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1801 West Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center -, Suite 2-e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Gunasekaran is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Tamil.

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Clinical interests: Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Ruba Khader Azzam, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5841 S Maryland Avenue # Mc1099; Mc 4065
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ruba Azzam's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She is especially interested in pancreas problems, hepatobiliary disorders, and liver transplant. She takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Azzam is a graduate of the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. She is conversant in Arabic.

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Clinical interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreas Problems, Liver Transplant

Dr. Saeed Mohammad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Saeed Mohammad specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Winfield, IL and Chicago, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mohammad include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and liver transplant. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mohammad has an open panel.

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

Dr. Jeffrey B Brown, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Brown sees patients in Chicago, IL and Winfield, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In Dr. Brown's practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Brown is closed to new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Valeria C Cohran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Valeria Cohran, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Cohran include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cohran takes. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cohran has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Short Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Armstrong Strople, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3rd Floor East
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Strople sees patients in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Strople's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Strople attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Research, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Maria Triantafyllopoulou Greene, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Maria Greene, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Greene is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Greene speaks Greek. Her professional affiliations include 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: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas Problems, Swallowing Problems

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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.