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We found 6 gastroenterologists who accept PHCS PPO near Park Ridge, IL.

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Dr. Hector M Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1675 Dempster; Y3-254
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Hector Hernandez sees patients in Chicago, IL, Maywood, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. His medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He attended medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1675 Dempster Street, Yacktman Pavilion; 3rd Floor
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. James Berman's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Dr. Berman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Berman has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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
1675 Dempster Street; Y3 - 254
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise consist of heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Madras Medical College, he performed his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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

Dr. Jennifer Armstrong Strople, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2100 Pfingsten Road
Glenbrook, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Strople is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Strople include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Strople's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients. Dr. Strople attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Research, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Kiranmai Gorla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1675 Dempster Street; Y3-254
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Kiranmai Gorla specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics and practices in Chicago, IL, Park Ridge, IL, and Hoffman Estates, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Gorla include endoscopy. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gorla obtained her medical school training at Andhra Medical College and performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Gorla (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Clinical interests: Endoscopy

Dr. Esperanza Garcia Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1675 Dempster Street; Y3- 254
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Esperanza Garcia-Alvarez specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She graduated from the University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine. She trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Garcia-Alvarez (or staff) speaks Spanish and Catalan.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.