We found 12 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Unicare POS near Oak Lawn, IL.

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

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Chicago, IL, and Burbank, IL. His areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He welcomes new patients. Dr. Tilwalli obtained his medical school training at Shivaji University and performed his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. 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 is an adult gastroenterologist in Burbank, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bajaj accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He obtained his medical school training at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Bajaj (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology in Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. D'astice attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His areas of clinical interest consist of inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. D'astice (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. Dr. D'astice's professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. D'astice 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 a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Ayub's professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Ayub is a graduate of Khyber Medical College and a graduate of Greater Baltimore Medical Center's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Ayub is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ayub's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Chicago, IL. He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gaston's practice is open to new patients. 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. Talal Sunbulli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10500 S Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Talal Sunbulli is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Sunbulli is conversant in Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sunbulli is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Subramanian N Venkataraman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10458 South Pulaski Road
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Subramanian Venkataraman specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Venkataraman graduated from Armed Forces Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer screening, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Venkataraman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Venkataraman (or staff) is conversant in Tamil and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital, 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. Mahesh Vadali, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10458 South Pulaski Road
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Mahesh Vadali is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vadali include acid reflux (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Vadali honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vadali is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Vadali speaks Telugu. Dr. Vadali is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and MetroSouth Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Vadali's office for an appointment.

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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 specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He works in Oak Lawn, IL, La Grange, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. Dr. Nawas is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nawas is accepting new patients. 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.

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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 practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Burbank, IL and Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Ramadurai has a special interest in lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Ramadurai has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ramadurai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Tamil. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Ramadurai has an open panel.

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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 is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Chicago, IL and Evergreen Park, IL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Hoffman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, Viant, and more. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hoffman's professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Hospital and The University of Chicago Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hoffman's office for an appointment.

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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
13755 Cicero Avenue; Suite 202
Crestwood, IL
 

Dr. Brian Yu is a specialist in adult infectious disease. He works in Burr Ridge, IL, Crestwood, IL, and Chicago, IL. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, he performed his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Yu is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and MetroSouth Medical Center. He is accepting 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.

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