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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Dr. Berman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Berman completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. 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. He has a special interest in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran honors 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. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran 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
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Shapiro's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Shapiro is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Shapiro completed a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Shapiro is in-network for 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
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Brian Muska is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Muska is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Muska completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received the distinction of 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, who practices in Hoffman Estates, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Dubin completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. His clinical interests include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and colon problems. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dubin has received the distinction of 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, Liver Biopsy, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Asad Aziz is an adult gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Aziz is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Midwestern University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Aziz is professionally 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. Naser M Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Naser Khan's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Khan include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Dr. Khan takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Deccan College of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Khan is professionally 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. Frank C Chao, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
490 Lake Street; Suite 101
Roselle, IL
 

Dr. Frank Chao specializes in family medicine. Dr. Chao is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Rush University Medical Center's residency program. His areas of expertise include minor surgery, general care, and venipuncture (phlebotomy). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Chao is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. 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 sees patients in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. His medical specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Rantis's areas of expertise include groin hernia, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and rectal surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Rantis trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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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, who practices in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, gastric bypass surgery, and breast issues. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Dr. Kane graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kane has received the distinction of 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. 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 works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastric bypass surgery, colon surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Guske's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Chicago Medical School, Dr. Guske attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Guske 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)

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

Dr. Robert Aki is a general surgery specialist in Arlington Heights, IL. His areas of expertise include breast surgery, breast issues, and gallbladder problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Aki & Pae Surgical Associates. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Aki attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Aki is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: 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. Calvin H Fischer, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 3450
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Calvin Fischer works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Fischer's clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Group (ABMG). He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fischer honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to 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. 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 is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wallace include colorectal problems, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and breast surgery. Dr. Wallace accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Stephen Tad Grabowski, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 205, Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Grabowski works as a general surgeon in Elk Grove Village, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Grabowski's areas of expertise include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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. Dr. Grabowski is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Geeti Ghosh is a medical specialist in homeopathy and neonatology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include sleep apnea, asthma, and hearing screening. Dr. Ghosh is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ghosh's medical residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Ghosh (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi.

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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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