We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana ChoiceCare PPO near Lake Forest, IL.

Dr. Frank G Martini, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
800 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 102
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Frank Martini is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. Dr. Martini's clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hydrogen breath test, and capsule endoscopy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Martini attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Hydrogen Breath Test, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Tara N Troy, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
800 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 102
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Tara Troy works as a gastroenterologist in Lake Forest, IL and Grayslake, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer screening, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Troy's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Troy studied medicine at Rush Medical College. She trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for her residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Marleta Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Campus Lake
Forest, IL
 

Dr. Marleta Reynolds works as a pediatric general surgeon. Dr. Reynolds's areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Reynolds's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Ann Barsness, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
900 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 209
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Katherine Barsness' specialty is pediatric general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barsness include minimally invasive surgery, pectus excavatum, and colon problems. Dr. Barsness takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Pyloric Stenosis, Abdominal Problems, Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Howard Kaplan, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 105
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Edward Kaplan's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew. Clinical interests for Dr. Kaplan include lung cancer, genetic issues, and breast cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kaplan attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Kaplan has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Genetic Issues, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc D Posner, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
660 N. Westmoreland Road
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Marc Posner specializes in radiation oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, bladder cancer, and lung cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Posner attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colon cancer, anal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Tumor, Gynecologic Cancer, Anal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. John R Andrews, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 205
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. John Andrews is a Lake Forest, IL physician who specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Andrews has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, gallbladder problems, and anal fissures. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Andrews obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anorectal problems, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, colon polyps, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Soft Tissue Tumor, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Hernia, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Malcolm McAvoy Decamp Jr., MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
660 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 300
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Malcolm Decamp is a thoracic surgery specialist. These areas are among Dr. Decamp's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and emphysema. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Decamp's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Tracheal Surgery, Thymoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joy Lynn Coleman, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
660 N. Westmoreland Road
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Joy Coleman's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Her areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Coleman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Coleman is open to new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Coleman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colon cancer, anal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Tumor, Gynecologic Cancer, Anal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Kidney ... (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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