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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 medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Berman's areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Berman is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berman takes. Dr. Berman has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with 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 pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Gunasekaran is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. Dr. Gunasekaran 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. Bradley D Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 2300b
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Shapiro, who practices in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Shapiro takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Muska's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Muska trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Muska's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. Dr. Muska has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: flexible sigmoidoscopy, colon problems, and upper endoscopy (EGD). Dr. Dubin is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor. Dr. Dubin is professionally 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, who practices in Elk Grove Village, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is especially interested in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Aziz is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). After attending Midwestern University for medical school, Dr. Aziz completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is an in-network provider 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 practices adult gastroenterology in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Albun include cancer screening, dysplasia, and liver disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

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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 works as a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rantis include groin hernia, sleeve gastrectomy, and gallbladder problems. On average, patients gave Dr. Rantis a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. Dr. Rantis is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems, colon problems, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Frank Chao works as a family practice physician in Roselle, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: immunization (preventive vaccines), minor surgery, and skin biopsy. Dr. Chao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Chao has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Biopsy, ... (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 practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Guske include gastric bypass surgery, colon surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Guske speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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. Areas of expertise for Mr. Kane include thyroid problems, gastric bypass surgery, and breast issues. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Mr. Kane's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Aetna Medicare, and more. Mr. Kane has received professional recognition including the following: US News Top Doctor.

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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's medical specialty is family medicine. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. On average, patients gave Dr. Fischer a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Fischer has received the following distinctions: Chicago Super Doctors and US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Group (ABMG).

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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 works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. His areas of expertise include the following: colorectal problems, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and breast surgery. Dr. Wallace takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 is a general surgeon in Arlington Heights, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aki include breast surgery, breast issues, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Aki's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Aki & Pae Surgical Associates. His 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 a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Aki has received professional recognition including the following: 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's area of specialization is general surgery. Before performing his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown, Dr. Grabowski attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Grabowski include gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), colectomy (colon resection), and breast issues. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Grabowski honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He 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.