We found 5 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Humana POS 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 areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. After completing medical school at Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Hernandez performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Dr. Berman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Berman completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. 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. He has a special interest in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran honors 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. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran 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. Kiranmai Gorla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1675 Dempster Street; Y3-254
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Kiranmai Gorla's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics; she sees patients in Chicago, IL, Park Ridge, IL, and Hoffman Estates, IL. Before completing her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Gorla attended medical school at Andhra Medical College. In her practice, Dr. Gorla focuses on endoscopy. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Gorla (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. She is 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's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. She practices in Maywood, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Catalan. Her 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.
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