We found 15 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept CIGNA Open Access HMO near Chicago, IL.

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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: , 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. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Bass is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bass trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Bass focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bass is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Mark Fishbein's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Fishbein has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with 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 completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 0.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fishbein's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Jeffrey B Brown, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Brown is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In Dr. Brown's practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Brown is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Valeria C Cohran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Valeria Cohran specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Chicago, IL. Dr. Cohran's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Cohran accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Short Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Triantafyllopoulou Greene, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Maria Greene's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric hepatology (liver disease). In her practice, Dr. Greene focuses on pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greene honors. Dr. Greene is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Monmouth Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Greene speaks Greek. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas Problems, Swallowing Problems

Dr. Jennifer Armstrong Strople, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3rd Floor East
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Strople practices pediatric gastroenterology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Strople accepts. Before completing her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Strople attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Strople's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Research, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Barry K Wershil, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Barry Wershil is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Wershil obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and eosinophilic esophagitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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: Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Erin Elizabeth Schmidt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Erin Rowell is a pediatric general surgeon in Arlington Heights, IL, Chicago, IL, and Heights, IL. Dr. Rowell attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. She has a special interest in surgical procedures. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Rowell'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. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

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Dr. Messod Michael Michael Abecassis, MBA, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Abecassis specializes in transplant surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and kidney transplant. Dr. Abecassis honors United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Abecassis trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Abecassis (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Abecassis is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Marleta Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Marleta Reynolds' area of specialization is pediatric general surgery. Dr. Reynolds's clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Reynolds completed residency programs at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo-Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Juan Caicedo's specialty is transplant surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). Dr. Caicedo takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Caicedo speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Liver Disease, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Paul Fryer, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Fryer's medical specialty is general surgery and transplant surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in liver cancer, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. He accepts United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fryer attended medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Fryer's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Transplant Procedures, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Anton Ivan Skaro, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1900
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anton Skaro's specialty is transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Skaro include kidney transplant and liver transplant. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and residency at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University. Dr. Skaro's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Transplant ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Ann Barsness, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Katherine Barsness, who practices in Chicago, IL, Winfield, IL, and Lake Forest, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Barsness include minimally invasive surgery, pectus excavatum, and colon problems. Dr. Barsness accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Pyloric Stenosis, Abdominal Problems, Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

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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.

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