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We found 12 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Shivaji University, he performed his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. His professional affiliations include 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include cancer screening, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Venkataraman has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Venkataraman honors. 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. Dr. Venkataraman (or staff) is conversant in Tamil and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and then he performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Bajaj average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Bajaj 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His 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, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sunbulli is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. D'astice's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. D'astice (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. His practice 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 sees patients in Oak Lawn, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ayub speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He attended medical school at Khyber Medical College. Dr. Ayub's training includes a residency program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. Dr. Gaston studied medicine at 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. He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Gaston welcomes 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 gastroenterologist in Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Vadali has indicated that Dr. Vadali's clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Vadali is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vadali studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Vadali's residency was performed 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 welcomes 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 in Oak Lawn, IL, La Grange, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. He is especially interested in esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. Dr. Nawas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patient ratings for Dr. Nawas average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Dr. Ramadurai's education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Ramadurai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Tamil. Dr. Ramadurai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Ramadurai welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

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

Dr. Philip Hoffman's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Hoffman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Viant. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hoffman is accepting 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 sees patients in Burr Ridge, IL, Crestwood, IL, and Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Yu is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Yu 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.

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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.