We found 22 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept First Health PPO near La Grange, IL.

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Dr. Dhruva R Tilwalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Midwest Gastroenterology Associates, Ltd; 17w755 Butterfield Road #101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Chicago, IL, and Burbank, IL. His areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended Shivaji University for medical school and subsequently trained at Weiss Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Manfred Werner Raiser, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
911 N Elm Street; Suite 102
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Manfred Raiser is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Downers Grove, IL and Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Raiser (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and Polish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Raiser include ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hemorrhoids. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He studied medicine at Heidelberg University. Patient ratings for Dr. Raiser average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Raiser takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Colon Problems, Hemorrhoids, Ulcers, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Allen Jerome Rosenbaum, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3340 Oak Park Avenue; Suite 304
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. Allen Rosenbaum is an adult gastroenterologist in Berwyn, IL. These areas are among Dr. Rosenbaum's clinical interests: cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, Crohn's disease, intestinal (bowel) problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Acid Reflux, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennie Ng Ng Hsieh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3722 So Harlem Ave----suite 102
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Jennie Ng is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Her areas of expertise include liver disease and endoscopy. Dr. Ng is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Colon Problems, Liver Disease, Endoscopy

Dr. Sameer A Barkatullah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 202
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Sameer Barkatullah practices adult gastroenterology in Hinsdale, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Dr. Barkatullah (or staff) speaks Urdu. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. Dr. Barkatullah graduated from Rush Medical College. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Dr. Suriya V Sastri, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6900 Madison Street; Suite 102
Willowbrook, IL
 

Dr. Suriya Sastri, who practices in Chicago Heights, IL, Willowbrook, IL, and Hazel Crest, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Sastri include pancreas problems, ulcers, and liver disease. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sastri studied medicine at Madras Medical College. She is conversant in Tamil. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Pain, Intestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, Stomach Problems, Endoscopy

Dr. Robert C Janda, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12 Salt Creek Lane; Suite 425
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Robert Janda's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: colorectal problems, ulcers, and liver disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Janda attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Janda's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

All Interests: Gallstones, Liver Disease, Laser Treatment, Colorectal Problems, Ulcers, Swallowing Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sandra Rasa Valaitis, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
5201 S Willow Springs Road; Suite 380
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Sandra Valaitis specializes in urogynecology and practices in Chicago, IL, Riverside, IL, and Orland Park, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Valaitis include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and The University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Valaitis takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Valaitis (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Lithuanian and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), rectovaginal fistula

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Sacrocolpopexy, Botox Injection, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald V Woznica Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6283 S. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Donald Woznica sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is family medicine. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Woznica include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Woznica honors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Woznica is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, hemorrhoids, intestinal (bowel) problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, ACL Injury, Immunization, Bronchitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Allergic Headache, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammed Akbar Yousuf, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5101 S. Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Mohammed Yousuf is a family practitioner and geriatrician. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yousuf include gout, diabetes, and ear infection. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Bronchitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Allergic Headache, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Erectile ... (Read more)

Dr. William B Frymark Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery
5201 S Willow Springs Road; #290
Lagrange, IL
 

Dr. William Frymark is a general surgery specialist in La Grange, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Frymark include breast cancer surgery, thyroid surgery, and varicose veins. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Frymark attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Skin Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. William Joseph Moran, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5201 Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. William Moran is a family medicine practitioner in La Grange, IL and Downers Grove, IL. Dr. Moran's education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Clinical interests for Dr. Moran include thyroid problems, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and cervical (neck) spine problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Moran is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Bronchitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Joint Pain, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc A Freed, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8711 W. Cermak Road
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Marc Freed is a general pediatrician in Riverside, IL. Dr. Freed is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: premature babies, heart problems, and nutrition counseling. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Freed takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Freed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Hearing Evaluation, Osteoporosis, Allergies, Osteopathic Medicine, Intestinal Problems, Behavior ... (Read more)

Dr. Abdul K Malhes, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8711 W. Cermak Road
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Abdul Malhes' medical specialty is general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Malhes average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, learning disabilities, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He attended medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Malhes's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Hearing Evaluation, Allergies, Intestinal Problems, Behavior Problems, Weight Management, Cerebral ... (Read more)

Dr. Elyse C Schneiderman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1 Salt Creek Lane
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Elyse Schneiderman's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; she sees patients in Bolingbrook, IL and Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Schneiderman's clinical interests include lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Schneiderman average 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She is conversant in French. Dr. Schneiderman is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Bone Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Brain Problems, Colon Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Ellen Gruszka, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8711 W. Cermak Road
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Mary Gruszka is a general pediatrician. Her clinical interests include premature babies, nutrition counseling, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Gruszka is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College. Dr. Gruszka's residency was performed at Wyler Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Allergies, Intestinal Problems, Nutrition Counseling, Cerebral Palsy, 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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