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We found 25 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Great-West Healthcare 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 pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Dr. Kagalwalla takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Kagalwalla attended medical school at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (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 physician who specializes in pediatric general surgery. Her education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hunter include minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. Dr. Hunter is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hunter is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Esophageal Surgery, Hernia, Stomach ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Rashmi Kabre sees patients in Chicago, IL, Forest, IL, and Lake Forest, IL. Her medical specialties are thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery. Her areas of expertise include surgical procedures. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kabre studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Kabre trained at Rush University Medical Center. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. She is not accepting 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. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass practices pediatric gastroenterology in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Dr. Bass trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital for residency. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bass is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. 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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Joseph Karacic is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Karacic's areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. He has a 1.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Karacic is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal ... (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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Chicago, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pandolfino include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Pandolfino is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Pandolfino attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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, Endoscopy

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. Dr. Gunasekaran's areas of clinical interest consist of heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gunasekaran attended Madras Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He 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, Pediatric Hepatology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Maria Greene sees patients in Chicago, IL. Her medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric hepatology (liver disease). Dr. Greene's clinical interests encompass pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Greene is accepting new patients. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Monmouth Medical Center. She speaks Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nagle include achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nagle attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nagle has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Gastrointestinal ... (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. Dr. Kamel graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kamel accepts. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Michael Williams sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Williams's areas of expertise include the following: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Williams is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) 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: Ulcerative Colitis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, 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' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nealis's clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Peter Kahrilas' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernia, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kahrilas is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kahrilas's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Ikuo Hirano, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include barrett's esophagus, swallowing problems (dysphagia), and acid reflux (GERD). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hirano accepts. Dr. Hirano is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Hirano's medical residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. 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)

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

Dr. Greg S Cohen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1525
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Greg Cohen specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Cohen's clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Dr. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dustin Carlson specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Chicago, IL. Dr. Carlson's areas of expertise include the following: swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. He studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Carlson's training includes a residency program at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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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.