We found 68 gastroenterologists who accept Cigna near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. John Edward Fortunato Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Se
Chiago, IL
 

Dr. John Fortunato's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. On average, patients gave Dr. Fortunato a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fortunato include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. Dr. Fortunato attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, VCU Health Center & MCV Hospital and Physicians, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. William Brugge works as a gastroenterologist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Brugge attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brugge include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and stomach cancer. Dr. Brugge takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Brugge include: Fellow, American Society of GI Endoscopy; Fellow, American Gastroenterology Association; and Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and The University of Chicago Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Brugge's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Bile Duct Cancer, Pancreatitis, Pancreas Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Barrett's Esophagus, Stomach ... (Read more)

Dr. Estella Maria Alonso, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Estella Alonso is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and adult hepatology. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Alonso is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Alonso completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Research, Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Hector M Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1801 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, Suite 2e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Hector Hernandez's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hernandez attended Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Hernandez is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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Dr. Stacy A Kahn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5401 S Wentworth
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stacy Kahn's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kahn has indicated that her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease. She takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Humana, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kahn include: Fellow, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship; Best Basic Science Faculty Abstract, University of Chicago Pediatrics; and Selectee, AGA Academic Skills Workshop. She speaks French. Dr. Kahn is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, and Access Community Health Network (ACCESS). Dr. Kahn is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Charles Allan Pratt, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3 Se
Chiago, IL
 

Dr. C. Pratt specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pratt include obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and food allergy. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pratt's education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Pratt has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Ruchim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
680 North Lake Shore Drive; Suite 118
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Ruchim's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Ruchim obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ruchim is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary E McCarthy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mary Rinella is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). 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. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), viral hepatitis, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). Dr. Rinella takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Rinella (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Liver Biopsy, Liver Disease, Viral Hepatitis, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Beth Vanwagner, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lisa Vanwagner works as an adult gastroenterologist and hepatologist. Dr. Vanwagner's areas of expertise include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and preventive care. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Preventive Care, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fishbein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His average patient rating is 0.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Fishbein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Valeria Cornell Cohran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Valeria Cohran is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cohran honors. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Dr. Cohran completed her residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Cohran is closed to new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Short Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bass include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Laura H Yun, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Laura Yun practices adult gastroenterology in Chicago, IL. In Dr. Yun's practice, she is particularly interested in crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Yun takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Clinical interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Women's Health Issues, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Steven Lawrence Flamm, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
676 N Saint Clair Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Steven Flamm's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Flamm include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis C, and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Flamm attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Flamm is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Liver Transplant, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Liver Biopsy, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1801 W. Taylor Street; Outpatient Care Center, Suite 2e
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise consist of heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Madras Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gunasekaran is conversant in Tamil. His professional affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Clinical interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Jennifer Armstrong Strople, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 3rd Floor East
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Strople is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Strople's education and training includes medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Unfortunately, Dr. Strople is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Research, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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