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We found 17 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Great-West Life POS near Hoffman Estates, IL.

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. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Dr. Berman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Berman has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His 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. 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. His areas of expertise consist of heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Madras Medical College, he performed his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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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. Bradley D Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 2300b
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Shapiro practices adult gastroenterology in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Shapiro is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Brian J Muska, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 2300b
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Brian Muska is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. In Dr. Muska's practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Muska attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. Dr. Muska is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Mark Edward Dubin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1000 Grand Canyon Parkway; Suite 108
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Mark Dubin practices adult gastroenterology in Hoffman Estates, IL. Dr. Dubin obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. His clinical interests include flexible sigmoidoscopy, colon problems, and upper endoscopy (EGD). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dubin has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Problems, Upper Endoscopy, Liver Biopsy, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Asad S Aziz, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 2300b
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Asad Aziz's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu. His areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Aziz is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Aziz attended medical school at Midwestern University. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Carl J Albun, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 2300b
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Carl Albun's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Albun include cancer screening, dysplasia, and liver disease. Dr. Albun is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Albun is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Upper Endoscopy, Liver Disease, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy, Cancer Screening, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Naser M Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 2300b
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Naser Khan is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan attended Deccan College of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP

Dr. Peter C Rantis Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Peter Rantis practices general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Rantis include groin hernia, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and rectal surgery. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Anorectal Surgery, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, Weight Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank C Chao, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
490 Lake Street; Suite 101
Roselle, IL
 

Dr. Frank Chao practices family medicine. Dr. Chao graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Chao completed a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include minor surgery, general care, and venipuncture (phlebotomy). The average patient rating for Dr. Chao is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chao honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Biopsy, General ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul J Guske Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Paul Guske is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Guske include gastric bypass surgery, colon surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Guske takes. Dr. Guske attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at Chicago Medical School for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallbladder Problems, Hernia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Colon Surgery, Thyroid ... (Read more)

James M Kane Jr.
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Mr. James Kane is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Mr. Kane include thyroid problems, gastric bypass surgery, and breast issues. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Mr. Kane's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Rectal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Neck Problems, Hernia, Gastric ... (Read more)

Dr. Calvin H Fischer, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 3450
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Calvin Fischer is a family medicine physician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fischer include diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Group (ABMG). He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Fischer has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors and US News Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Diabetes, Mole Removal, Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan W Wallace, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Wallace's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Wallace include colorectal problems, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and breast surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wallace accepts. Dr. Wallace graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

All Interests: Hyperhidrosis, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Varicose Veins, Laparoscopic Surgery, Da Vinci ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert H Aki, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
605 W Central Road; Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Robert Aki specializes in general surgery and practices in Arlington Heights, IL. Dr. Aki's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: breast surgery, breast issues, and gallbladder problems. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Aki & Pae Surgical Associates. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Aki obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Hernia, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Hernia Surgery, Colon Problems

Dr. Stephen Tad Grabowski, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 205, Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Grabowski is a specialist in general surgery. He works in Elk Grove Village, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Grabowski include gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), colectomy (colon resection), and breast issues. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown, Dr. Grabowski attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Grabowski is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Colectomy, Upper Endoscopy, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, ... (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.