We found 26 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Coventry near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Catherine Hunter's area of specialization is pediatric general surgery. She is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. Dr. Hunter's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Hunter obtained her medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Abdominal Problems, Acid Reflux, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. John E Pandolfino, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Pandolfino's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Pandolfino's areas of expertise include the following: swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pandolfino honors. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Pandolfino trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pandolfino has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Rashmi Kabre's medical specialty is thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kabre include surgical procedures. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. Before completing her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Kabre attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Lee Bass specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bass accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Bass's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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

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

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics and practices in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. In Dr. Gunasekaran's practice, he is particularly interested in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to 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. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gunasekaran speaks Tamil. His professional affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Alexander P Nagle, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Alex Nagle's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Nagle is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Nagle attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nagle welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robin Fintel's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Fintel's clinical interests: diarrhea, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fintel honors. Dr. Fintel has an open panel. She obtained her medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed her residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

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

Dr. Maria Greene is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric hepatology (liver disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Greene include pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Greene is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at Monmouth Medical Center. She is conversant in Greek. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Greene has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Kagalwalla is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Saint Anthony Hospital (Chicago), and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Kagalwalla completed residency programs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Thomas Brandon Nealis, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Nealis sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nealis's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), 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 Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Obesity, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Williams works as an adult gastroenterologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. Dr. Williams is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Williams's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Perry Kamel is a gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kamel include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kamel accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Kamel trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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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. Joseph J Karacic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street, Suite 2250; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Karacic is an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. On average, patients gave Dr. Karacic a rating of 1.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Karacic is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Peter J Kahrilas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Peter Kahrilas works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Kahrilas is especially interested in barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernia, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for his residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kahrilas has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Dustin A Carlson, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dustin Carlson is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Carlson's areas of expertise include the following: swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Eric S Hungness, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Eric Hungness, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, achalasia, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Patients rated Dr. Hungness highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Hungness completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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.
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