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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415 Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. James Berman's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Berman's clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Berman is professionally 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

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415, Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Gunasekaran graduated from Madras Medical College. He trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. His areas of clinical interest consist of heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gunasekaran 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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Shapiro is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. Dr. Shapiro graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Shapiro completed a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Shapiro 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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1000 Grand Canyon Parkway; Suite 108
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Mark Dubin is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Hoffman Estates, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Dubin include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and colon problems. Dr. Dubin is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He honors 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. Dr. Dubin trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. He has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Brian Muska specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Muska is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Muska honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Muska obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. He 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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Asad Aziz is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. After attending Midwestern University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Aziz honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Aziz 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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2359 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Naser Khan's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Dr. Khan performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Khan 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

Specializes in Family Medicine
490 Lake Street; Suite 101
Roselle, IL
 

Dr. Frank Chao works as a family medicine practitioner. His areas of expertise include the following: minor surgery, general care, and venipuncture (phlebotomy). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. Dr. Chao attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Chao honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Chao welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Peter Rantis is a specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include groin hernia, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and rectal surgery. Dr. Rantis is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Rantis's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is 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)

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. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Kane attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kane include thyroid problems, gastric bypass surgery, and breast issues. Dr. Kane's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Aetna Medicare, and more. He has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. Dr. Kane 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)

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Paul Guske specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include gastric bypass surgery, colon surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Guske at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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 Chicago Medical School, Dr. Guske attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. He 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)

Specializes in General Surgery
605 W Central Road; Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Robert Aki is a medical specialist in general surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Aki include breast surgery, breast issues, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Aki's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Aki & Pae Surgical Associates. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Aki attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. 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

Specializes in Family Medicine
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 3450
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Calvin Fischer's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Fischer's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, cancer screening, and heart problems. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Group (ABMG). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Fischer's distinctions include: 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)

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 101, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Wallace is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wallace include colorectal problems, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and breast surgery. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wallace honors. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

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

Specializes in General Surgery
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 205, Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Grabowski's medical specialty is general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Grabowski include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown's residency program. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grabowski accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

Specializes in Homeopathy, Neonatology
1585 Barrington Road; Suite 601 A, Building 2
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Geeti Ghosh practices homeopathy and neonatology in Elgin, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. Dr. Ghosh trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. She is especially interested in sleep apnea, asthma, and hearing screening. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghosh (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. She is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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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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