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 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: , Crohn's disease

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

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

Dr. Theodore Saclarides is a physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saclarides include diverticular disease, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saclarides has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Michael Ruchim is an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. These areas are among Dr. Ruchim's clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Ruchim takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Esophagus Problems, 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 practices adult gastroenterology in Chicago, IL, Winfield, IL, and Geneva, IL. The average patient rating for Dr. Ajmere is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ajmere's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, pancreas problems, and colon cancer. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ajmere graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Laura Yun works as a gastroenterologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yun include crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing her residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Yun attended Indiana University School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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

Dr. Amy Halverson is a colon and rectal surgeon in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Halverson include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and anal cancer. 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, TRICARE, and more. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Halverson graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then she performed her residency at George Washington University Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Anal Cancer, Colon Problems, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fintel include diarrhea, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. She is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Fintel's professional affiliations include 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. Joshua Brian Wechsler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joshua Wechsler practices pediatric gastroenterology in Chicago, IL. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Wechsler honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at Riley Hospital for Children.

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

Dr. Michael Francis McGee, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael McGee works as a colon and rectal surgeon in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. McGee include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and anal cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. McGee performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. McGee honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Anal Cancer, Anorectal Problems, Abdominal Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (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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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Anne-Marie Boller is a colon and rectal surgeon in Chicago, IL. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Boller honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Boller is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (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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All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Obesity, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Adam Stein practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Stein is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease

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

Dr. Thomas Lee is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. The average patient rating for Dr. Lee is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lee accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospitals, Cleveland, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lee is accepting 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
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Christian Stevoff is a gastroenterologist. He has a special interest in crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and rectal problems. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Stevoff completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stevoff's practice is open to new patients.

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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.
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