We found 5 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Preferred Plan Inc. EPO 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 physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. Dr. Hernandez studied medicine at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Berman at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Berman's residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He is especially interested in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Dr. Gunasekaran attended Madras Medical College for medical school. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. His professional 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 practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics in Chicago, IL, Park Ridge, IL, and Hoffman Estates, IL. She has a special interest in endoscopy. She is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Gorla honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Gorla attended medical school at Andhra Medical College. Dr. Gorla (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. She practices in Maywood, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garcia-Alvarez honors. After completing medical school at the University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez (or staff) speaks Spanish and Catalan. She 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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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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