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We found 12 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Advantage HMO near West Chicago, IL.

Dr. Dhruva R Tilwalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17w755 Butterfield Road; Suite 101
Oak Brook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli sees patients in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Chicago, IL, and Burbank, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Tilwalli is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Tilwalli attended Shivaji University for medical school and subsequently trained at Weiss Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) is conversant in Marathi, Spanish, and Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Tara Elizabeth Jackson, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N Neltnor Boulevard; Suite 120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tara Doman specializes in general pediatrics. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). These areas are among Dr. Doman's clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Doman welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Julian Honghui Tang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Julian Tang specializes in pediatric emergency medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Tang include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tang studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Tang completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Tang welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Linda Carol Hamilton, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 North Neltner; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Linda Hamilton practices general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamilton include abuse, newborn care, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Hamilton is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Hamilton attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Hamilton's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Laura Marie Uselding, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Laura Uselding's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Uselding's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, she performed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Uselding's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Timothy R Wall, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Timothy Wall's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wall include dermatitis (skin inflammation), nutrition counseling, and adolescent issues. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Wall is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Nancy Thomas Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Nancy Thomas specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and West Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include abuse, newborn care, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). She is an in-network provider 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. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Thomas is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 North Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

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

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Jihad Izzat Shoshara, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jihad Shoshara practices general pediatrics. Dr. Shoshara's areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shoshara is accepting new patients. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Shoshara (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Jerome O Gronli, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jerome Gronli specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Plainfield, IL, Naperville, IL, and Bolingbrook, IL. Before performing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Gronli attended Rush Medical College for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Gronli's clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gronli's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Sofia Shakir, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sofia Shakir's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Shakir include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Shakir takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Aga Khan University Medical College and performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Shakir (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Shakir's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital 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. Rebecca Kathryn Smeraglinolo, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
946 N. Neltnor; #120
West Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rebecca Smeraglinolo's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Smeraglinolo attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Smeraglinolo welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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.