We found 20 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Michael Ruchim practices adult gastroenterology in Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. Dr. Ruchim is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Ruchim trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for his residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He has received the following distinction: 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. Laura H Yun, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Laura Yun works as an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Yun's areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gunasekaran accepts. He graduated from Madras Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Gunasekaran trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Gunasekaran speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran's hospital/clinic 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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All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Robin Randall Fintel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 2220; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robin Fintel is a gastroenterologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fintel accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Fintel is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She 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. Theodore J Saclarides, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1725 West Harrison Street; Suite 810
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Theodore Saclarides' area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Saclarides is affiliated with Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Saclarides trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saclarides takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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

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 in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. After attending the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College for medical school, Dr. Kagalwalla completed his residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Michael McGee is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. McGee include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and anal cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. McGee's education and training includes medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. McGee's 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Chicago, IL. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williams takes. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Williams's office for an appointment.

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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's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Boller average 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Boller include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Boller's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Boller graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then she performed her residency at Hennepin County Medical Center.

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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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Nealis performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nealis 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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All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Obesity, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Amy Halverson, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Halverson include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and anal cancer. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Halverson's education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Halverson's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Anal Cancer, Colon Problems, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (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 is a gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Stein'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. Stein takes. Dr. Stein's practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, 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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Lee is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Lee graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lee completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospitals, Cleveland, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lee is open to 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Stevoff include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and rectal problems. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Stevoff takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

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

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

Dr. Niraj Ajmere's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, pancreas problems, and colon cancer. Dr. Ajmere honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Ajmere's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Emanuelle A L Bellaguarda, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Emanuelle Bellaguarda's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Bellaguarda is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is open to new patients. For her residency, Dr. Bellaguarda trained at Boston Medical Center.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel 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.
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