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's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and adult hepatology. She practices in Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Alonso is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Alonso 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. Dr. Ruchim is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ruchim is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ruchim welcomes new patients.

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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's specialties are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). She practices in Chicago, IL. Dr. Vanwagner's areas of expertise include the following: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and preventive care. Her professional 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, TRICARE, and more. She is accepting new patients. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, she completed her residency training 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. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has a 0.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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 and a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Fishbein is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Valeria Cohran is a pediatric gastroenterologist. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for residency. In her practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Cohran accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohran is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She is closed to 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bass 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 professionally 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. John E Pandolfino, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Pandolfino sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Pandolfino attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His clinical interests include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Pandolfino 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
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Laura Yun is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Yun has indicated that her clinical interests include 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. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Yun is professionally affiliated with 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. Dr. Gunasekaran studied medicine at Madras Medical College. He trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Jennifer Armstrong Strople, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3rd Floor East
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Strople works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenview, IL. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and performed her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Strople takes. Dr. Strople is affiliated with 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. Jeffrey B Brown, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Brown's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Brown is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Brown is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Unfortunately, he is not accepting 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. Darren Michael Brenner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Darren Brenner is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Brenner attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Brenner include gastrointestinal bleeding, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and anorectal problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brenner accepts. Dr. Brenner's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Robin Fintel's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fintel's clinical interests include diarrhea, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. She studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fintel completed her residency training at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Fintel has an open panel.

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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. Rajesh N Keswani, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Keswani's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Keswani trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. His clinical interests include endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Keswani's professional affiliations include 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: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Enteroscopy, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Cancer, ... (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 sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nealis's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nealis accepts. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nealis's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Obesity, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Maria Greene's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric hepatology (liver disease). She practices in Chicago, IL. Dr. Greene's areas of clinical interest consist of 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. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Monmouth Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Greek. Dr. Greene's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She welcomes new patients.

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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

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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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