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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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Berman's areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Berman is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berman takes. Dr. Berman has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with 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. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fishbein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Fishbein completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is rated 0.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Gunasekaran is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. Dr. Gunasekaran 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Rosenbaum is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. 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 gastroenterologist. He graduated from Heidelberg University. These areas are among Dr. Raiser's clinical interests: ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hemorrhoids. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Raiser accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Raiser (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and Polish. He is professionally 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. Sameer A Barkatullah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 202
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Sameer Barkatullah is an adult gastroenterologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Barkatullah is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Barkatullah (or staff) is conversant in 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 Harlem Avenue; Suite 102
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Jennie Ng's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ng is especially interested in liver disease and endoscopy. She is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School.

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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 practices urogynecology in Chicago, IL, Riverside, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: rectocele (posterior prolapse), urodynamic testing, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Valaitis's education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and 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. 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, Botox Injection, Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jennifer Gnerlich sees patients in Maywood, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Her medical specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Her areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, cancer surgery, and soft tissue sarcoma. Dr. Gnerlich's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Gnerlich attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

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

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Liver Tumor, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Surgery, Bile Duct Cancer, Laparoscopic ... (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 attended medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, learning disabilities, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Malhes takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, 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. Patricia J Madej, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
908 North Elm Street; #210
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Patricia Madej specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Her areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Madej is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Madej (or staff) speaks French and Russian. She 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, Lung Cancer, Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Elyse Schneiderman's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; she sees patients in Hinsdale, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. Patient ratings for Dr. Schneiderman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schneiderman include lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. Dr. Schneiderman honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Schneiderman is conversant in French. Her 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. Donald L Sweet, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
908 North Elm Street; #210
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Donald Sweet is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. Dr. Sweet is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. Patient ratings for Dr. Sweet average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sweet is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Marc Freed specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Riverside, IL. Dr. Freed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Hindi. His clinical interests include heart problems, nutrition counseling, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Freed is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 area of specialization is general pediatrics. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of Wyler Children's Hospital's residency program. Her areas of expertise include nutrition counseling, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Dr. Gruszka honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gruszka's professional 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: 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 surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. He is conversant in French. He has a special interest in colorectal problems, rectal surgery, and intestinal (bowel) problems. Dr. Zawacki's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Zawacki accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart.

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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)

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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.