We found 86 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HealthSmart near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Estella Alonso is a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist in Chicago, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alonso accepts. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Alonso speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. 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. 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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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. Lisa Beth Vanwagner, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lisa Vanwagner sees patients in Chicago, IL. Her medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Vanwagner include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and preventive care. Dr. Vanwagner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program.

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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 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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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. John E Pandolfino, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Pandolfino practices adult gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Pandolfino include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Pandolfino accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Pandolfino 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.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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 an adult gastroenterology specialist in Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Keswani accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Keswani is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Keswani attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Enteroscopy, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Cancer, ... (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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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 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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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Mark Fishbein works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Springfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Winfield, IL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Fishbein's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 0.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fishbein honors. Dr. Fishbein is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Valeria Cohran, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Cohran is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Cohran is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. 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. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass sees patients in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College. His medical residency was performed at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Bass has indicated that his clinical interests include 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 affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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

Dr. Maria Greene is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric hepatology (liver disease). Before completing her residency at Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Greene attended medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Her clinical interests include pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Greene honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Greek. Dr. Greene is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She has an open panel.

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

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

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

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

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 Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Strople include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Strople graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Strople completed a residency program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Research, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Stephen B Hanauer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Hanauer is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hanauer include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Center for Advanced Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hanauer's practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Hanauer has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kamel attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Kamel include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Kamel's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include 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)

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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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