We found 19 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HFN PPO near Maywood, IL.

Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2160 S. 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. James Berman is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Berman attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Berman 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 several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Berman is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, 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

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gunasekaran accepts. He graduated from Madras Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Gunasekaran trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Gunasekaran speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Springfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Winfield, IL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Fishbein's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 0.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fishbein honors. Dr. Fishbein is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Manfred Raiser specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Raiser graduated from Heidelberg University. His areas of expertise consist of ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hemorrhoids. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Raiser (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. Allen Jerome Rosenbaum, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3340 Oak Park Av; Suite 304
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. Allen Rosenbaum's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Rosenbaum is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His clinical interests include cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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. Sameer A Barkatullah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 202
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Sameer Barkatullah sees patients in Hinsdale, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and Plainfield, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Barkatullah's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Barkatullah (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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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 Harlem Avenue; Suite 102
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Jennie Ng is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Riverside, IL. Her clinical interests encompass liver disease and endoscopy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Ng attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She honors 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. Sandra Rasa Valaitis, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
3722 Harlem Avenue; Suite 201
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Sandra Valaitis works as an urogynecologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Valaitis include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and The University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Valaitis is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Valaitis has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Valaitis (or staff) speaks Lithuanian and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

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

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Gnerlich, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Gnerlich is a general surgeon and surgical oncologist in Maywood, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: esophageal cancer, cancer surgery, and soft tissue sarcoma. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Gnerlich attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Gnerlich trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Gnerlich is professionally affiliated with Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Liver Tumor, Whipple Procedure, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Surgery, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Marc Freed works as a general pediatrician in Riverside, IL. Dr. Freed is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Freed include heart problems, nutrition counseling, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Freed accepts. Dr. Freed is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Freed (or staff) speaks Arabic and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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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
North Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Abdul Malhes' area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Malhes speaks Arabic. His areas of expertise 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). Dr. Malhes graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

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

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

Dr. Mary Gruszka's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gruszka include nutrition counseling, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gruszka takes. She graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Gruszka trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for residency. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Allergies, Intestinal Problems, Nutrition Counseling, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey K Zawacki, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3245 S Grove Avenue; Suite 202
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Zawacki is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Zawacki's areas of expertise include the following: colorectal problems, rectal surgery, and intestinal (bowel) problems. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in French. Dr. Zawacki is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, intestinal (bowel) problems, rectal prolapse

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Rectal Surgery, Intestinal Problems, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald L Sweet, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1 Salt Creek Lane
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Donald Sweet works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Bolingbrook, IL and Hinsdale, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Sweet is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Sweet's professional affiliations include 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. Ehtesham J Ghani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9223 Ogden Avenue
Brookfield, IL
 

Dr. Ehtesham Ghani's medical specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, homeopathic treatment, and cancer screening. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghani takes. Dr. Ghani is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Ghani (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

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

Dr. Elyse Schneiderman is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Dr. Schneiderman graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. She is rated highly by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in French. Dr. Schneiderman's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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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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