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

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

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Chicago, IL, and Burbank, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Shivaji University and a graduate of Weiss Memorial Hospital's residency program. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Tilwalli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is accepting 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. Subramanian N Venkataraman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Subramanian Venkataraman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Venkataraman's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer screening, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. Dr. Venkataraman honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has an open panel. He attended medical school at Armed Forces Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Venkataraman completed residency programs at the University of Chicago Medical Center, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Venkataraman (or staff) is conversant in Tamil and Hindi.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology in Burbank, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. His professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Bajaj graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and then he performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Bajaj is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

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

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

Dr. Michael D'astice is a gastroenterologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. D'astice is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is accepting new patients. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. D'astice completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. D'astice (or staff) speaks 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, who practices in Oak Lawn, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Ayub include pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Ayub is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ayub accepts. Dr. Ayub has an open panel. He attended Khyber Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Greater Baltimore Medical Center for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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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 a gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Gaston is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gaston's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids

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

Dr. Talal Sunbulli is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sunbulli honors. Dr. Sunbulli is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of John Stroger Hospital of Cook County's residency program. He is conversant in Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Mahesh Vadali's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Vadali completed Dr. Vadali's residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Vadali has a special interest in 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, United Healthcare HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Vadali speaks Telugu. Dr. Vadali is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. Dr. Vadali's practice is open to 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 practices cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nawas include esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Nawas is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Nawas has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

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

Dr. Jayanthi Ramadurai is an adult hematologist and adult oncologist in Burbank, IL and Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Ramadurai's clinical interests encompass lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ramadurai takes. She studied medicine at Stanley Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Ramadurai has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ramadurai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Tamil. She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

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 works as a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and bariatric medicine specialist. He is especially interested in robotic surgery. Dr. Cahill studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, United Healthcare POS, and more. Dr. Cahill welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer

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

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

Dr. Gabriela Delgado is an Evergreen Park, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. She honors United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Delgado is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For her residency, Dr. Delgado trained at MacNeal Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Delgado speaks Spanish. She is accepting 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.

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