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We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana ChoiceCare Network near Oak Lawn, IL.

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

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli sees patients in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Chicago, IL, and Burbank, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Tilwalli is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He is 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, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Tilwalli attended Shivaji University for medical school and subsequently trained at Weiss Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) is conversant in Marathi, Spanish, and Polish.

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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. 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. He obtained his medical school training at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Bajaj is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Bajaj has an open panel.

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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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. The average patient rating for Dr. D'astice is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. D'astice accepts. Dr. D'astice graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. D'astice (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He is affiliated with 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: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Kamran Ayub is an Oak Lawn, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ayub at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Ayub is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Khyber Medical College and a graduate of Greater Baltimore Medical Center's residency program. 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 Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Gaston takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is professionally 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. Sammy Issa Nawas, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4400 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Sammy Nawas is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Nawas a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His practice is open to new patients. 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's medical specialty is cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Gordon has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gordon include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He studied medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gordon completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

Dr. Brian C Yu, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
20201 South Crawford Avenue
Olympia Fields, IL
 

Dr. Brian Yu's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). He studied medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Yu trained at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, United Healthcare HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colitis

All Interests: Colitis

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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.