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Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla sees patients in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. His residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Dr. Kagalwalla is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Jay Cotler, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
2160 S First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Scott Cotler's specialties are gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology. Dr. Cotler's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of hepatitis C, liver cancer, and hepatitis B. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cotler takes. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Cotler performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Hepatitis B

Dr. John Edward Fortunato Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. John Fortunato's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, VCU Health Center & MCV Hospital and Physicians, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Fortunato attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicaid insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Neil Gupta, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Neil Gupta is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Maywood, IL. These areas are among Dr. Gupta's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, and rectal cancer. He is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Gupta attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection, Interventional ... (Read more)

Dr. Andelka D Djordjevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S First Avenue; (15750 Marion Dr. Homer Glen, Il. 60491)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Andelka Losavio's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Losavio is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Losavio attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Losavio's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Incontinence, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Ulcers, Swallowing Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Fishbein's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Fishbein has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with 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 completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 0.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fishbein's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Lena Brice Palmer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S. 1st Avenue; Building 54, Room 167
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Lena Palmer works as a gastroenterologist in Maywood, IL. Dr. Palmer's clinical interests encompass celiac disease, malabsorption, and nutrition issues. She is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Palmer attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, malabsorption

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Weight Loss, Malabsorption

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

Dr. James Berman works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Berman obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Clinical interests for Dr. Berman include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Berman honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gunasekaran include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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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. Dhruva R Tilwalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17 West 755 Butterfield Road; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli practices adult gastroenterology in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Chicago, IL, and Burbank, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Shivaji University and then went on to complete his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Tilwalli's professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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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. Omar Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Omar Khan is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Khan's clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan takes. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Khan attended Boston University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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. He works in Berwyn, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosenbaum include cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His professional affiliations include 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. Jack Leya, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Jack Leya specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leya include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and peptic ulcer. Dr. Leya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Leya is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Nicolaus Copernicus Academy of Medicine, Krakow. He speaks Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, peptic ulcer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, Pancreatitis, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Dr. Mukund Venu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S 1st Avenue; Building 54 Room 167
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Mukund Venu's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, vomiting, and anorectal manometry. Dr. Venu honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Venu's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, gastrointestinal motility disorders, vomiting, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Anorectal Manometry, Nausea, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility ... (Read more)

Dr. Nikhil J Shastri, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Nikhil Shastri is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, and rectal cancer. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shastri takes. Dr. Shastri attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Shastri is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection, Interventional ... (Read more)

Dr. Amar Satish Naik, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Amar Naik practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Naik's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Naik speaks Gujarati. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, and Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, ... (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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