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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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Before performing his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital, Dr. Tilwalli attended Shivaji University for medical school. In Dr. Tilwalli's practice, he is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Tilwalli's office for an appointment.

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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 and practices in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Doman attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Doman is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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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 is a specialist in pediatric emergency medicine. He works in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and West Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tang include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Tang is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Tang's residency was performed at Mayo Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Timothy Wall's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Wall is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Wall an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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's area of specialization is general pediatrics. These areas are among Dr. Hamilton's clinical interests: abuse, newborn care, and nutrition counseling. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hamilton honors. Before completing her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Hamilton attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

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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 practices general pediatrics. Dr. Uselding's areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

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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. Her areas of expertise include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Thomas's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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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 sees patients in Naperville, IL, West Chicago, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. These areas are among her clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Flais is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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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's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Shoshara 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. Shoshara honors. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Shoshara (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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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's specialty is general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Gronli obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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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 specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Shakir (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shakir include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. Dr. Shakir's training includes a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 works as a general pediatrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smeraglinolo include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Smeraglinolo is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Smeraglinolo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.