We found 5 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 Maywood, IL, Chicago, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. His medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Hernandez is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Berman include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Berman obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The average patient rating for Dr. Berman is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Berman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. Dr. Gunasekaran studied medicine at Madras Medical College. He trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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

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

Dr. Kiranmai Gorla sees patients in Chicago, IL, Park Ridge, IL, and Hoffman Estates, IL. Her medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Her clinical interests include endoscopy. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Gorla obtained her medical school training at Andhra Medical College and performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Gorla (or staff) speaks Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Gorla is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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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's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. She practices in Maywood, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez attended the University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York for residency. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez (or staff) is conversant in 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.
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