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We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept HealthSpring near Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

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Dr. Hector M Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Hector Hernandez is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez accepts. Dr. Hernandez attended Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. James Berman is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Maywood, IL, Park Ridge, IL, and Oakbrook Terrace, IL. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Berman's clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Berman has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Clinical interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran is a pediatric gastroenterologist and general pediatrician. In addition to English, Dr. Gunasekaran speaks Tamil. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Gunasekaran graduated from Madras Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Gunasekaran trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Esperanza Garcia Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Esperanza Garcia-Alvarez sees patients in Maywood, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. Her medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garcia-Alvarez honors. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez's education and training includes medical school at the University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine and residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez (or staff) speaks Spanish and Catalan. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.