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We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Gold HMO near Hammond, IN.

Christopher John Smith MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
800 Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 3
Munster, IN
(219) 836-1699

Dr. Christopher Smith's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include diarrhea, liver disease, and intestinal (bowel) problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Smith studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Smith is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Bowel Disease, Diarrhea, Endoscopy, Esophagus Disorders, Failure To Thrive, Liver Disease

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
Munster, IN

Dr. Mark Kozloff's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kozloff include rectal cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Kozloff is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kozloff attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Michael Reese Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Hematology/oncology, Pancreatic cancer, Gastrointestinal malignancies, Head and neck cancer, Lung ... (Read more)

Gerald Andrew Cahill MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Medicine, General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
(219) 932-2300; (219) 852-2518

Dr. Gerald Cahill's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and bariatric medicine. Dr. Cahill's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cahill include robotic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Cahill is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer

All Interests: colon-rectal cancer, laparoscopic surgery, sphincter saving procedures for rectal cancer, bariatric ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul James Gordon MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
(219) 932-2300; (219) 865-2141

Dr. Paul Gordon's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Gordon is especially interested in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. His education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Gordon has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: lung cancer, esophageal cancer, coronary artery disease

Richard Yiyu Zhu MD
Specializes in General Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
(219) 865-2141; (219) 934-9800

Dr. Richard Zhu, who practices in Dyer, IN, Hammond, IN, and Munster, IN, is a medical specialist in general surgery. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and robotic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zhu obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. He is affiliated with Franciscan Physician Network. Dr. Zhu welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery, Oncology Surgery, ... (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.