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We found 20 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO 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 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: , Crohn's disease

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

Dr. Michael A Ruchim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
680 North Lake Shore Drive; Suite 118
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Ruchim is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. Dr. Ruchim obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ruchim is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Theodore John Saclarides, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1725 West Harrison Street; Suite 810
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Theodore Saclarides works as a colon and rectal surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Saclarides include diverticular disease, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Saclarides takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Saclarides studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Saclarides trained at Rush University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Fecal Incontinence, Laparoscopic Surgery, Rectal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura H Yun, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N. Saint Clair Street; Suite 1400
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Laura Yun is a gastroenterologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Yun's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yun obtained her medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Boston Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Women's Health Issues, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Amy L Halverson, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 950
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Amy Halverson's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Halverson's clinical interests include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colon surgery. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete her residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Halverson has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Francis McGee, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 650
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael McGee works as a colon and rectal surgeon in Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. McGee include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. McGee's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Anorectal Problems, Abdominal Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Rectal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anne-Marie M Boller, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 950
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anne-Marie Boller is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Boller's areas of expertise include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Boller's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Prolapse, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

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: , Crohn's disease

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

Dr. Niraj K Ajmere, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
251 Huron Galter Pavillion; 18th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Niraj Ajmere works as a gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL, Lisle, IL, and Winfield, IL. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ajmere honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Biliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joshua Brian Wechsler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joshua Wechsler's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wechsler obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at Riley Hospital for Children. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease

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

Dr. Thomas Lee sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Lee welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Christian G Stevoff, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Christian Stevoff sees patients in Glenview, IL and Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colon polyps. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Stevoff is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stevoff honors. Dr. Stevoff has an open panel.

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All Interests: Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Colorectal Problems, Colorectal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam Charles Stein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1400
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Adam Stein sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Stein is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Stein include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Stein is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.