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 sees patients in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. His residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan. 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 open to new patients.

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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 specialist in pediatric general surgery. She works in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Heights, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Hunter obtained her medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hunter welcomes 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 practices thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery. In her practice, Dr. Kabre focuses on surgical procedures. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kabre accepts. She attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, Dr. Kabre 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 is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Bass is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bass trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Bass focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bass is professionally 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 a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 1.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Karacic is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Karacic is open to new patients. 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. John E Pandolfino, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Pandolfino is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Pandolfino include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Pandolfino accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic 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. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1801 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, Suite 2e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gunasekaran include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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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's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric hepatology (liver disease). In her practice, Dr. Greene focuses on pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greene honors. Dr. Greene is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Monmouth Medical Center's residency program. 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. She has an open panel.

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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 sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Nagle graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Nagle honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nagle is open to new patients.

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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 specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. Dr. Kamel has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, Dr. Kamel completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Williams's clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Williams attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency.

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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 is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nealis attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Nealis include gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Nealis 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: 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kahrilas has a special interest in barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernia, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of the University Hospitals, Cleveland's residency program. Dr. Kahrilas has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting 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. Ikuo Hirano, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ikuo Hirano's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Hirano focuses on barrett's esophagus, swallowing problems (dysphagia), and acid reflux (GERD). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hirano's hospital/clinic 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, Barrett's Esophagus

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

Dr. Greg Cohen sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cohen include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Cohen is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Carlson include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carlson honors. Dr. Carlson welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his residency training 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

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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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