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We found 25 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Coventry near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Erin Elizabeth Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
225 E. Chicago Avenue; #63
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Erin Rowell sees patients in Arlington Heights, IL, Chicago, IL, and Heights, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric general surgery. After completing medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rowell include surgical procedures. Dr. Rowell is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Rowell is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Neonatal Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Ovarian Disease, Pelvic Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Catherine Jane Hunter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
225 E Chicago Avenue #63; Division of Pediatric Surgery
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Catherine Hunter is a pediatric general surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Hunter include minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Hunter attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. Dr. Hunter is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Pectus Excavatum, Thyroid Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rashmi Dilip Kabre, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric General Surgery
1653 W Harrison Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rashmi Kabre is a thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kabre include surgical procedures. Her 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. Kabre graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pectus Excavatum, Inguinal Hernia, Tumor, Neonatal Surgery, Abdominal Problems, ... (Read more)

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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Joseph Karacic's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 1.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Karacic is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Karacic honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has an open panel. 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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. John E Pandolfino, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Pandolfino is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Pandolfino's areas of expertise include the following: swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy

Dr. Robin Randall Fintel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 2220
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robin Fintel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Fintel's average rating from her patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: diarrhea, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fintel accepts. She studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fintel trained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore for residency. She is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Gastritis, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Perry L Kamel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
737 N. Michigan Avenue; #620
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Perry Kamel specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kamel is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kamel's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's 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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas Problems, Swallowing Problems

Dr. Michael D Williams, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E. Erie Street; Lavin 2250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Williams is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: peptic ulcer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Williams is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Williams trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexander P Nagle, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Alex Nagle's specialty is bariatric surgery. Dr. Nagle has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nagle include achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nagle obtained his medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Hiatal Hernia, Biliary Disorders, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ikuo Hirano, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ikuo Hirano is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in barrett's esophagus, swallowing problems (dysphagia), and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Hirano's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hirano honors. Dr. Hirano has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

Dr. Thomas Brandon Nealis, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Nealis is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nealis's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Weight Loss, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter J Kahrilas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Peter Kahrilas' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Kahrilas performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kahrilas include barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernia, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kahrilas has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His 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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hiatal Hernia, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.