We found 12 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Advantage near Oak Lawn, IL.

Dr. Dhruva R Tilwalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4901 West 79th Street; Suite #1
Burbank, IL
 

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tilwalli include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Shivaji University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Tilwalli is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Subramanian N Venkataraman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Subramanian Venkataraman, who practices in Oak Lawn, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Dr. Venkataraman attended medical school at Armed Forces Medical College. In Dr. Venkataraman's practice, he is particularly interested in cancer screening, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Venkataraman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Venkataraman (or staff) is conversant in Tamil and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Colitis, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Ajay Bajaj, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4901 West 79th Street; Suite 1
Burbank, IL
 

Dr. Ajay Bajaj works as an adult gastroenterologist in Burbank, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Bajaj is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Before completing his residency at Chicago Medical School, Dr. Bajaj attended medical school at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: ERCP, Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colon Problems

Dr. Talal Sunbulli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10500 S Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Talal Sunbulli's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Sunbulli attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Sunbulli speaks Arabic. Dr. Sunbulli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Michael Dominick Dastice, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10500 S Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Michael D'astice is an adult gastroenterologist in Oak Lawn, IL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. D'astice include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. D'astice welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. D'astice trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. Dr. D'astice (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Kamran Ayub, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9921 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Kamran Ayub specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ayub takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He attended Khyber Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Greater Baltimore Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ayub is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Ayub's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux

Dr. Darrien Lance Gaston, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10444 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Darrien Gaston is an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Gaston is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids

Dr. Mahesh Vadali, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10458 South Pulaski Road
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Mahesh Vadali's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Vadali's clinical interests: acid reflux (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Vadali is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vadali attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Vadali's residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Vadali is conversant in Telugu. Dr. Vadali's hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. Dr. Vadali welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux

Dr. Sammy Issa Nawas, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4400 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Sammy Nawas is a cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Nawas focuses on esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Nawas obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Cancer, Hiatal Hernia

Dr. Gerald Andrew Cahill, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Medicine, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2850 West 95th Street; Suite 300
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Gerald Cahill is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and bariatric medicine specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include robotic surgery. Dr. Cahill is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cahill's office for an appointment. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Rectal Cancer, Weight Loss Surgery, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Jayanthi Raghu Ramadurai, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
4400 West 95th Street; Suite 311
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Jayanthi Ramadurai, who practices in Burbank, IL and Oak Lawn, IL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Ramadurai is especially interested in lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. Before completing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Ramadurai attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ramadurai (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Tamil. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Gabriela Maritza Delgado, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2850 West 95th Street; Suite 403
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Gabriela Delgado is a family practitioner in Evergreen Park, IL. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Delgado completed her residency training at MacNeal Hospital. She accepts United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Delgado is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diabetes

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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.