We found 10 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Choice near Park Ridge, IL.

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. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Berman's clinical interests: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Berman attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Berman has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, constipation, colitis

All 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 general pediatrician. He is especially interested in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Gunasekaran honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is a graduate of Madras Medical College. Dr. Gunasekaran's training includes residency programs at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Tamil.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All 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, who practices in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Glenbrook, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Strople include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Strople takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for residency. 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 not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Research, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Messod Michael Michael Abecassis, MBA, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Abecassis practices transplant surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Abecassis include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and kidney transplant. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Abecassis is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. Dr. Abecassis has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Abecassis (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Dr. Abecassis is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo-Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Juan Caicedo is a specialist in transplant surgery. His areas of expertise include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Caicedo graduated from National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Caicedo welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Liver Disease, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Paul Fryer, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Fryer works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Dr. Fryer has indicated that his clinical interests include liver cancer, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. He is in-network for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fryer has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Transplant Procedures, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Sandra Rasa Valaitis, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sandra Valaitis' area of specialization is urogynecology. Her areas of expertise include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Valaitis performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Valaitis (or staff) speaks Lithuanian and Spanish. Dr. Valaitis is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Sacrocolpopexy, Botox Injection, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael D Moen, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
1875 Dempster Street; Suite 665
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Michael Moen is a specialist in urogynecology. Dr. Moen's areas of expertise include rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and reconstructive surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Moen attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Moen's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Incontinence, Reconstructive Surgery, Urodynamics, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Stutz, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
300 S Northwest Highway; Suite 207
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Michael Stutz practices radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast issues. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Stutz performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Stutz is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Lymphoma, Brain Tumor, Brachytherapy, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Janusz M Dudek, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5528 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Janusz Dudek works as a general internist. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Dudek include diabetes, heart problems, and metabolic disorders. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at Jagiellonian University Medical College. He trained at Weiss Memorial Hospital for his residency. Dr. Dudek speaks Polish. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG). Dr. Dudek is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Metabolic Disorders, Men's Health Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Heart Problems, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.