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We found 73 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna POS 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 pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. 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 takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Kagalwalla attended medical school at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College.

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

Dr. Estella Alonso is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Dr. Alonso attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Alonso speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Darren Michael Brenner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Darren Brenner is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Brenner's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and anorectal problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Brenner has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, anorectal problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anorectal Problems, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, 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. Dr. Ruchim's areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Ruchim attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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

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

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

Dr. Joseph Karacic is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Karacic's areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. He has a 1.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Karacic is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He 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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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
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Keswani is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. Dr. Keswani is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Keswani attended Boston University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Keswani's practice is open to 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. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Springfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Winfield, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Fishbein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Fishbein's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Fishbein's residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 0.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Fishbein is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Lisa Vanwagner practices adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) in Chicago, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and preventive care. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Vanwagner attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Vanwagner is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Preventive Care, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Liver ... (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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Chicago, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pandolfino include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Pandolfino is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Pandolfino attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy

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

Dr. Saeed Mohammad's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Dr. Mohammad attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Mohammad include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and liver transplant. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Laura Yun's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before completing her residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Yun attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Yun's areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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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. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1801 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, Suite 2e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Gunasekaran's areas of clinical interest consist of heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gunasekaran attended Madras Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in 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

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

Dr. Robin Fintel is an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. Her education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Fintel's clinical interests include diarrhea, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. She is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Fintel is accepting 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. Stephen B Hanauer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Hanauer is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Chicago, IL. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Hanauer's clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hanauer takes. 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. Dr. Hanauer welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Perry Kamel is a gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Kamel graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kamel accepts. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Maria Ferreira is a gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of the University of Lisbon Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. Dr. Ferreira has a special interest in colorectal cancer screening, colonoscopy, and colorectal cancer. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ferreira (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Portuguese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer

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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.