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

All Interests: Research, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Anton Ivan Skaro, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anton Skaro's medical specialty is transplant surgery. After attending The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Skaro include liver cancer, pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. In addition to English, he speaks Croatian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Abecassis practices transplant surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in liver cancer, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and kidney transplant. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. Dr. Abecassis obtained his medical school training at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Abecassis (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Abecassis is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Abdominal Organ ... (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 in Chicago, IL. Dr. Fryer's areas of expertise include liver cancer, kidney transplant, and liver transplant. He accepts United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fryer's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Juan Caicedo's medical specialty is transplant surgery. Dr. Caicedo graduated from National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include liver cancer, pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Caicedo speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Sandra Valaitis practices urogynecology in Chicago, IL, Riverside, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: rectocele (posterior prolapse), urodynamic testing, and cystocele (bladder prolapse). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Valaitis's education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Valaitis has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Valaitis (or staff) speaks Lithuanian and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Botox Injection, Incontinence, Urinary 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. 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 is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Moen is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse)

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Reconstructive Surgery, Urodynamics, Robotic Surgery

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

Dr. Michael Stutz works as a radiation oncologist. Dr. Stutz is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Brain Tumor, Brachytherapy, Breast Issues, Prostate Cancer

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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.