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We found 13 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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. Before performing his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital, Dr. Tilwalli attended Shivaji University for medical school. In Dr. Tilwalli's practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Tilwalli's 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 works as a gastroenterologist. He attended Armed Forces Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago for residency. In Dr. Venkataraman's practice, he is particularly interested in cancer screening, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Venkataraman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at Chicago Medical School, Dr. Bajaj attended medical school at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. Dr. Bajaj has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Bajaj is accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Sunbulli graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. These areas are among his clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. D'astice's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. D'astice is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. D'astice (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is open to new patients.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ayub's areas of expertise include pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Ayub attended medical school at Khyber Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ayub 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 sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Gaston is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Gaston is accepting new patients.

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Mahesh Vadali works in Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Vadali's clinical interests encompass acid reflux (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Vadali's professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. Dr. Vadali is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vadali has an open panel. Dr. Vadali graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For Dr. Vadali's residency, Dr. Vadali trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Vadali speaks Telugu.

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

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux

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 physician who specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and bariatric medicine. In his practice, Dr. Cahill focuses on robotic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Cahill graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cahill honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramadurai include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ramadurai's office for an appointment. She attended Stanley Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ramadurai (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Tamil.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

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 specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Nawas an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nawas include esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Nawas's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and 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. Paul James Gordon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Paul Gordon is a heart surgeon and chest surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Gordon's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gordon's professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Gordon has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease

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

Dr. Gabriela Delgado is a family practice physician. She honors United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of MacNeal Hospital's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Delgado speaks Spanish. She 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.