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We found 13 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Unicare POS 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 specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He graduated from Shivaji University and then he performed his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). 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 an adult gastroenterology specialist in Oak Lawn, IL. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In Dr. Venkataraman's practice, he is particularly interested in cancer screening, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Venkataraman's practice is open to new patients. After attending Armed Forces Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Venkataraman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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 is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. His professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He studied medicine at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Bajaj completed a residency program at Chicago Medical School. His average rating from his patients 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). He is open to 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Sunbulli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Sunbulli is conversant in Arabic.

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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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Patient ratings for Dr. D'astice average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. D'astice (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. Dr. D'astice is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. D'astice 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at Khyber Medical College and performed his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Dr. Ayub's areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ayub is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Gaston is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. In Dr. Vadali's practice, Dr. Vadali focuses on 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vadali's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Vadali is conversant in Telugu. Dr. Vadali's professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. Dr. Vadali 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 is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Nawas has a special interest in esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Nawas attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Nawas is open to new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. In Dr. Ramadurai's practice, she is particularly interested in lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Ramadurai attended Stanley Medical College for medical school. Dr. Ramadurai has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, 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. Paul James Gordon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Paul Gordon is a cardiac surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gordon has a special interest in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Gordon attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. 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 has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

Dr. Philip C Hoffman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2800 W. 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Philip Hoffman works as a hematologist and oncologist in Chicago, IL and Evergreen Park, IL. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, Viant, and more. Dr. Hoffman attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Breast Cancer

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

Dr. Brian Yu's area of specialization is adult infectious disease. He attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yu is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). He is open to new patients.

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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.