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

Dr. Christopher John Smith, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
800 Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 3
Munster, IN

Dr. Christopher Smith is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include diarrhea, liver disease, and intestinal (bowel) problems. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He takes 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: Liver Disease, Failure to Thrive, Endoscopy, Diarrhea, Intestinal Problems, Esophagus Problems

Dr. Mark Farrel Kozloff, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
Munster, IN

Dr. Mark Kozloff is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist. His clinical interests include rectal cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Kozloff average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kozloff takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency 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: Pancreatic Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Blood Disorders, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Gerald Andrew Cahill, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Medicine, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN

Dr. Gerald Cahill is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and bariatric medicine specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Cahill average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include robotic surgery. Dr. Cahill is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, United Healthcare POS, and more. Dr. Cahill's practice is open to new patients. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Rectal Cancer, Weight Loss Surgery, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Paul James Gordon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN

Dr. Paul Gordon is a cardiac surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gordon has a special interest in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Gordon attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Richard Yiyu Zhu, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN

Dr. Richard Zhu specializes in general surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cancer surgery, breast surgery, and robotic surgery. He honors 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. Dr. Zhu is affiliated with Franciscan Physician Network. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Breast Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (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.