We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana ChoiceCare Network near Oak Lawn, IL.
Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Tilwalli takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After attending Shivaji University for medical school, Dr. Tilwalli completed his residency training at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) is conversant in Marathi, Spanish, and Polish.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: hepatitis, colon screening, gerd, Colon screenings, Colonoscopy, Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory bowel ... (Read more)
Dr. Ajay Bajaj is an adult gastroenterologist in Burbank, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Bajaj is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Chicago Medical School for residency. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Polish.
Relevant Interests: , colon problems
All Interests: Biliary endoscopy and reflux treatment, hepatitis, GI endoscopy, hemorrhoidal therapy, therapeutic ... (Read more)
Dr. Michael D'astice practices adult gastroenterology in Oak Lawn, IL. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. D'astice is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. D'astice's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. D'astice (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Dr. D'astice is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease
All Interests: inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease
Dr. Kamran Ayub specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Oak Lawn, IL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Ayub is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Dr. Ayub welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Khyber Medical College. He completed his residency training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Barrett's Esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux, pancreatic disease, GI oncology
Dr. Darrien Gaston practices adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Gaston accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Gaston is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.
Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids
All Interests: gastroenterology, hemorrhoid removal, liver disease, pancreatic disease
Dr. Sammy Nawas works as a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. His 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. He has a special interest in esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. Patient ratings for Dr. Nawas average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Nawas is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer
All Interests: lung disease, cancer, esophageal cancer, hiatal hernia
Dr. Paul Gordon's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Gordon is especially interested in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. His education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Gordon has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. His practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer
All Interests: lung cancer, esophageal cancer, coronary artery disease
Dr. Brian Yu works as an adult infectious disease specialist. Before completing his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Yu attended medical school at Rush Medical College. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). He welcomes new patients.
Relevant Interests: , colitis
All Interests: clostridium difficile, colitis, treatment of multidrug resistent organisms
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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.