We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Advantage near Plainfield, IL.

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Dr. Sameer A Barkatullah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
15724 S. Rt. 59; Suite 102
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Sameer Barkatullah practices adult gastroenterology in Hinsdale, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Dr. Barkatullah (or staff) speaks Urdu. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. Dr. Barkatullah graduated from Rush Medical College. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Dr. Tara Elizabeth Jackson, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Tara Doman's specialty is general pediatrics. Her clinical interests include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Doman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Doman is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Immunization, Bronchitis, Allergic Headache, Allergies, Acute ... (Read more)

Dr. Julian H Tang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Julian Tang is a pediatric emergency medicine specialist in Naperville, IL, West Chicago, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Tang include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Tang's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Tang graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Mayo Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Timothy R Wall, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Timothy Wall is a general pediatrician in Naperville, IL, West Chicago, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Dr. Wall's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: dermatitis (skin inflammation), nutrition counseling, and adolescent issues. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Wall honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Wall attended Indiana University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Nancy Thomas Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Nancy Thomas practices general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include abuse, newborn care, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Thomas attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Thomas is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Laura Marie Uselding, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Laura Uselding is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Uselding include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Before performing her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Uselding attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Uselding welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Jihad Izzat Shoshara, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Jihad Shoshara is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. His clinical interests include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Shoshara is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In addition to English, Dr. Shoshara (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Linda C Hamilton, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street.; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Linda Hamilton specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Naperville, IL, West Chicago, IL, and Plainfield, IL. She attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for her residency. Dr. Hamilton's areas of expertise include the following: abuse, newborn care, and nutrition counseling. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hamilton is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Shelly Flais practices general pediatrics. Before performing her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Flais attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Flais's areas of expertise include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Flais is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Sofia Shakir, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W. 127th Street; #135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Sofia Shakir specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Naperville, IL, Plainfield, IL, and West Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Shakir is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Aga Khan University Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. Dr. Shakir (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Shakir has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Immunization, Bronchitis, Allergic Headache, Obesity, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerome O Gronli, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W. 127th Street; #135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Jerome Gronli works as a pediatrician in Plainfield, IL, Naperville, IL, and West Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gronli include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gronli honors. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. His residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Gronli speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Fayez Mekhael Nagib Mekhael, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2136 Mark Circle
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Fayez Mekhael sees patients in Bolingbrook, IL. His medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mekhael include anaphylaxis, acne, and carotid artery disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Mekhael performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Rebecca Kathryn Smeraglinolo, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Rebecca Smeraglinolo's specialty is general pediatrics. These areas are among her clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Smeraglinolo obtained her medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Madhuri R Yemul, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
24024 Brancaster Drive
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Madhuri Yemul specializes in family medicine and practices in Naperville, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: thyroid problems, acne, and adolescent issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Adventist Health Partners (AHP). Dr. Yemul is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yemul graduated from Grant Medical College. Dr. Yemul (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Bronchitis, Atopic Dermatitis, ... (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.

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