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We found 5 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Coventry 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's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He practices in Chicago, IL, Maywood, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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 medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Berman's areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Berman is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berman takes. Dr. Berman has received the following distinction: 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
1675 Dempster Street; Y3 - 254
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Gunasekaran is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Tamil.

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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 sees patients in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Strople's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Strople attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Research, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Esperanza Garcia-Alvarez practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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 the following languages: Spanish and Catalan. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez is affiliated with 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.