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We found 72 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna POS near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Darren Michael Brenner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Darren Brenner specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brenner include gastrointestinal bleeding, anorectal problems, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brenner honors. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, anorectal problems, constipation

All Interests: Anorectal Problems, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, ... (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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. Dr. Ruchim is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ruchim's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

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

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Kagalwalla include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional 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 an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College. Dr. Kagalwalla's medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

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

Dr. Joseph John Karacic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E. Erie Street; Lavin 2250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Karacic practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Karacic is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is rated 1.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karacic takes. Dr. Karacic has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajesh N Keswani, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Keswani is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. Dr. Keswani accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Keswani welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Small Intestine Disorders, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Estella Maria Alonso, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Estella Alonso's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and adult hepatology; she sees patients in Chicago, IL. She is conversant in Spanish. In her practice, Dr. Alonso focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Alonso is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Alonso takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Research, Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. John E Pandolfino, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 17-250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Pandolfino is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Pandolfino's education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with 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. Laura H Yun, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N. Saint Clair Street; Suite 1400
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Laura Yun is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yun include crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Yun is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yun graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

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

Dr. Lisa Beth Vanwagner, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lisa Vanwagner is an adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) specialist in Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, preventive care, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). Dr. Vanwagner is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Vanwagner obtained her medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Preventive Care, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Liver ... (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. These areas are among Dr. Fintel's clinical interests: diarrhea, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fintel's residency was performed at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Her patients gave her an average rating of 1.0 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. Dr. Fintel is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Perry L Kamel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
737 N. Michigan Avenue; #620
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Perry Kamel practices adult gastroenterology in Chicago, IL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Kamel at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Dr. Kamel attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). The average patient rating for Dr. Fishbein is 0.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fishbein is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Fishbein completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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. His areas of expertise include the following: peptic ulcer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Williams is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Williams's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Maria Rosario Rosario Ferreira, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Maria Ferreira works as a gastroenterologist. In her practice, Dr. Ferreira focuses on colorectal cancer screening, colonoscopy, and colorectal cancer. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She welcomes new patients. She attended medical school at the University of Lisbon Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ferreira's training includes a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ferreira has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Ferreira (or staff) speaks French and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Saeed Mohammad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Saeed Mohammad is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and liver transplant. Dr. Mohammad honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College, he performed his residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mohammad welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Research, Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

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 sees patients in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. His medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. His clinical interests include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.