We found 5 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Great-West Life HMO near Hoffman Estates, IL.

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Dr. Hector M Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415, Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Hector Hernandez is a pediatric gastroenterologist and general pediatrician. Dr. Hernandez attended medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415 Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. James Berman is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Berman attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Berman include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Berman is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Clinical interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415, Building 1
Hoffman Estates, 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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Clinical interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Kiranmai Gorla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415 Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Kiranmai Gorla's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics; she sees patients in Chicago, IL, Park Ridge, IL, and Hoffman Estates, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Gorla include endoscopy. Dr. Gorla's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gorla accepts. Dr. Gorla's education and training includes medical school at Andhra Medical College and residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Gorla (or staff) speaks Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Endoscopy

Dr. Esperanza Garcia Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415 Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Esperanza Garcia-Alvarez works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician in Maywood, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Catalan. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez's professional affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. Before completing her residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, Dr. Garcia-Alvarez attended medical school at the University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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