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We found 54 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Downers Grove, IL.

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, 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. Donald C Hoscheit II, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Donald Hoscheit is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hoscheit is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. These areas are among his clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hoscheit is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). He welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rameez Alasadi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 204
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Rameez Alasadi is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He has a special interest in colorectal surgery procedures, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Alasadi accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Alasadi has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Colorectal Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, 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. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. James Berman is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Berman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Berman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, constipation, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Rafael Piedra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Rafael Piedra specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Naperville, IL, Winfield, IL, and Geneva, IL. Dr. Piedra graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Piedra include heartburn, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Piedra is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harold L Mozwecz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Harold Mozwecz is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mozwecz include colorectal surgery procedures, heartburn, and colon cancer. Dr. Mozwecz takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colitis

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Andelka D Djordjevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Andelka Losavio works as an adult gastroenterologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Losavio is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is open to new patients. Dr. Losavio studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Losavio trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Incontinence, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Ulcers, Swallowing Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc A Fallah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 204
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Marc Fallah's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Fallah's areas of expertise include heartburn, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Fallah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Gloria Jean Caruso, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Gloria Caruso works as a gastroenterologist in Bloomingdale, IL, Naperville, IL, and Winfield, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Caruso include colorectal surgery procedures, heartburn, and ulcers. Dr. Caruso is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Caruso a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, colitis

All Interests: Heartburn, Colitis, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Ulcers, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, 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. Kashyap N Katwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 204
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Kashyap Katwala's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Katwala include crohn's disease, gallbladder problems, and colorectal cancer screening. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Katwala honors. Dr. Katwala's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Gastrointestinal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam D Klugman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 204
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Adam Klugman practices adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, colon cancer, and liver disease. Dr. Klugman is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Klugman attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids, Heartburn, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Rafi Mohammed Ali, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 204
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Rafi Ali is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Naperville, IL, Lisle, IL, and Downers Grove, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ali include heartburn, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ali's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Ali is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Dhruva R Tilwalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Midwest Gastroenterology Associates, Ltd; 17w755 Butterfield Road #101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Shivaji University, he performed his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. His professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Tilwalli's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Alan H Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 204
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Alan Wang practices adult gastroenterology in Naperville, IL and Downers Grove, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease and nutrition issues. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Wang attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Wang is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues

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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.