We found 16 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Great-West Life POS near Hoffman Estates, IL.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Berman include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Berman obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The average patient rating for Dr. Berman is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Berman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. Dr. Gunasekaran studied medicine at Madras Medical College. He trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Bradley D Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Shapiro is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Dr. Shapiro's education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Rush University Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shapiro accepts. Dr. Shapiro is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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

Dr. Mark Dubin is a gastroenterologist in Hoffman Estates, IL. Dr. Dubin studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Dubin include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and colon problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. Dr. Dubin is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

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

Dr. Brian J Muska, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Brian Muska's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. Dr. Muska's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Muska has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Asad S Aziz, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Asad Aziz is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Aziz include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Aziz attended Midwestern University for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Aziz is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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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. Naser M Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Naser Khan's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Khan honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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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' areas of specialization are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. These areas are among Dr. Rantis's clinical interests: groin hernia, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and rectal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Rantis's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for 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. James M Kane Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. James Kane's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Kane include thyroid problems, gastric bypass surgery, and breast issues. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kane accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Kane attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. Dr. Kane is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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

Dr. Frank Chao sees patients in Roselle, IL. His medical specialty is family medicine. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Chao's medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include minor surgery, general care, and venipuncture (phlebotomy). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Chao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks. Dr. Chao is open to 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 physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: gastric bypass surgery, colon surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Guske is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Guske is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

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

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

Dr. Stephen Grabowski practices general surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Grabowski obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown. Patient ratings for Dr. Grabowski average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Grabowski is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Colectomy, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Calvin Fischer sees patients in Hoffman Estates, IL. His medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. Dr. Fischer's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Group (ABMG) and St. Alexius Medical Center. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Fischer is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fischer is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: 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. Robert H Aki, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
605 W Central Road; Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Robert Aki is a specialist in general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Aki include breast surgery, breast issues, and gallbladder problems. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Aki honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Aki has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Alexius Medical Center and Aki & Pae Surgical Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

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

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. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Wallace's clinical interests: colorectal problems, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and breast surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Wallace is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

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

Dr. Geeti Ghosh, MD
Specializes in Homeopathy, Neonatology
1585 Barrington Road; Suite 601 A, Building 2
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Geeti Ghosh specializes in homeopathy and neonatology and practices in Elgin, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. Dr. Ghosh (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Ghosh has a special interest in sleep apnea, asthma, and hearing screening. She is affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Her training includes a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghosh is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Blood Tests, Allergies, Hearing Screening, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Premature Babies, Attention ... (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.

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