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

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

Dr. Mark Fishbein is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Springfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Winfield, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Fishbein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Fishbein's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Fishbein's residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 0.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Fishbein is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. James Berman is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Berman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Berman's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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

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

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Gunasekaran's areas of clinical interest consist of heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gunasekaran attended Madras Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Tamil.

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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

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

Dr. Allen Rosenbaum works as an adult gastroenterologist in Berwyn, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosenbaum include cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Raiser's professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Heidelberg University. Dr. Raiser (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Polish.

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

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

Dr. Jennie Ng Hsieh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3722 Harlem Avenue; Suite 102
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Jennie Ng specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests encompass liver disease and endoscopy. She is affiliated with 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. 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. Sameer A Barkatullah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 202
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Sameer Barkatullah's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. These areas are among Dr. Barkatullah's clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barkatullah accepts. Dr. Barkatullah (or staff) speaks Urdu. His professional affiliations include 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. Sandra Rasa Valaitis, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
3722 Harlem Avenue; Suite 201
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Sandra Valaitis is an urogynecology specialist in Chicago, IL, Riverside, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Valaitis's areas of expertise include the following: rectocele (posterior prolapse), urodynamic testing, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Valaitis's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Valaitis (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Lithuanian and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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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's areas of specialization are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, cancer surgery, and soft tissue sarcoma. Dr. Gnerlich honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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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. Abdul-Kader 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 is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: 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 is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Malhes speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

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

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

Dr. Marc Freed's specialty is general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Freed average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Freed's clinical interests include heart problems, nutrition counseling, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Freed (or staff) speaks Arabic and Hindi. Dr. Freed is professionally 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: Hearing Evaluation, Osteoporosis, Allergies, Osteopathic Medicine, Intestinal Problems, Behavior ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mary Gruszka's medical specialty 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 honors. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Wyler Children's Hospital. 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. Donald L Sweet, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1 Salt Creek Lane
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Donald Sweet is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His clinical interests include lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Sweet accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Sweet has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His 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)

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

Dr. Elyse Schneiderman's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She speaks French. These areas are among Dr. Schneiderman's clinical interests: lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Schneiderman is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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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. 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 surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Berwyn, IL and Hinsdale, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zawacki include colorectal problems, rectal surgery, and intestinal (bowel) problems. Patients gave Dr. Zawacki an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Zawacki speaks French. His professional affiliations include 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. Ehtesham J Ghani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9223 Ogden Avenue
Brookfield, IL
 

Dr. Ehtesham Ghani works as an internist in Brookfield, IL and Hinsdale, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ghani include well woman gynecology, homeopathic treatment, and cancer screening. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Ghani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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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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.