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We found 25 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept First Health PPO near La Grange, IL.

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

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Before performing his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital, Dr. Tilwalli attended Shivaji University for medical school. In Dr. Tilwalli's practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Tilwalli's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Allen Rosenbaum's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosenbaum include cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Rosenbaum accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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

Dr. Manfred Raiser practices adult gastroenterology in Downers Grove, IL and Hinsdale, IL. The average patient rating for Dr. Raiser is 5.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Raiser honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Heidelberg University. Dr. Raiser (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Polish. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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

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

Dr. Ajay Bajaj, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Midwest Gastroenterology Associates; 17w755 Butterfield Road #101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Ajay Bajaj specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at Chicago Medical School, Dr. Bajaj attended medical school at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. Dr. Bajaj has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Bajaj is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: ERCP, Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colon Problems

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

Dr. Robert Janda practices adult gastroenterology in Hinsdale, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: colorectal problems, ulcers, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Janda attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

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

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

Dr. Sameer Barkatullah is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Hinsdale, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Barkatullah include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Barkatullah studied medicine at Rush Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Barkatullah (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Barkatullah is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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

Dr. Jennie Ng is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ng include liver disease and endoscopy. Dr. Ng's professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ng honors.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Colon Problems, Liver Disease, Endoscopy

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

Dr. Suriya Sastri works as an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago Heights, IL, Willowbrook, IL, and Olympia Fields, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sastri include pancreas problems, ulcers, and liver disease. Patients gave Dr. Sastri an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Madras Medical College. In addition to English, she speaks Tamil. Dr. Sastri's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She is accepting 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. Sandra Rasa Valaitis, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
5201 S Willow Springs Road; Suite 380
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Sandra Valaitis' specialty is urogynecology. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Valaitis include rectocele (posterior prolapse), urodynamic testing, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Valaitis has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Valaitis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Lithuanian and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

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

Dr. Sammy Issa Nawas, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5101 Willow Springs Road; Cardiac Surgery Department
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Sammy Nawas is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Nawas an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nawas include esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Nawas's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Cancer, Hiatal Hernia

Dr. Paul James Gordon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5101 Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Paul Gordon is a heart surgeon and chest surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Gordon's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gordon's professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Gordon has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease

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

Dr. Abdul Malhes is a pediatrician in Berwyn, IL, Riverside, IL, and Palatine, IL. In addition to English, Dr. Malhes speaks Arabic. Clinical interests for Dr. Malhes include diabetes, learning disabilities, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Malhes average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA).

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

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

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

Dr. William Frymark works as a general surgeon in La Grange, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Frymark include breast cancer surgery, thyroid surgery, and varicose veins. Dr. Frymark honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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

Dr. Donald Woznica's specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. Dr. Woznica is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Woznica attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Woznica takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. Elyse C Schneiderman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 210
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Elyse Schneiderman is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Hinsdale, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. Dr. Schneiderman is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. Schneiderman is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, 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. Patricia J Madej, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 210
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Patricia Madej's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Madej (or staff) is conversant in French and Russian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Madej include lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Madej is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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

All Interests: Bone Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Brain Problems, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, ... (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.