We found 25 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Chicago, IL.

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 surgery specialist in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Heights, IL. She is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Hunter studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hunter has an open panel.

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

Dr. Rashmi Kabre specializes in thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery and practices in Chicago, IL, Forest, IL, and Lake Forest, IL. Her areas of expertise include surgical procedures. Dr. Kabre is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. After attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Rush University Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Inguinal Hernia, Tumor, Neonatal Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Intestinal ... (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 physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for his residency. Dr. Pandolfino's areas of expertise include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Pandolfino honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He 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.

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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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He is especially interested in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Dr. Gunasekaran attended Madras Medical College for medical school. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He 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. 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). Her areas of expertise consist of pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Greene attended the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Monmouth Medical Center for residency. She speaks Greek. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Greene's practice is open to new patients.

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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. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Saint Anthony Hospital (Chicago), and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. After completing medical school at Grant Medical College, he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Lee Bass is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bass include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Before completing his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Dr. Bass attended medical school at Rush Medical College. His 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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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 is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Nagle at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nagle is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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: 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Kamel is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. On average, patients gave Dr. Kamel a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN. His practice is open to 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. Peter J Kahrilas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Peter Kahrilas, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernia, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Kahrilas's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kahrilas accepts. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Kahrilas is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for residency. He has received the following distinction: 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. Michael D Williams, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street, Suite 2250; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Williams is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Williams's areas of expertise include the following: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Williams attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Williams has an open panel.

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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 specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. Dr. Nealis's clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nealis is accepting 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. Joseph J Karacic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street, Suite 2250; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Karacic specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Chicago, IL. His patients gave him an average rating of 1.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Karacic accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Karacic attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school 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: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ikuo Hirano is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. These areas are among Dr. Hirano's clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, swallowing problems (dysphagia), and acid reflux (GERD). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Hirano 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, 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cohen honors. His practice is open to 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He is especially interested in swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Carlson is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is accepting 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.
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