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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 specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fortunato include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Fortunato is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fortunato's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, VCU Health Center & MCV Hospital and Physicians, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. Estella Alonso is a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist in Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Alonso accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In addition to English, Dr. Alonso speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Stacy Kahn's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. In addition to English, she speaks French. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Kahn is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, and Access Community Health Network (ACCESS). 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. She honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Humana, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Kahn is open to 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 sees patients in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pratt include obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and food allergy. Dr. Pratt is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Dr. Pratt attended Tufts University School of Medicine. 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 welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Hector Hernandez works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and general pediatrician in Maywood, IL, Chicago, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. Dr. Hernandez attended Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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

Dr. Mark Fishbein practices pediatric gastroenterology in Springfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Winfield, IL. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Fishbein attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Fishbein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His average rating from his patients is 0.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fishbein takes. 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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Chicago, IL. Her clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Cohran's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for residency. Dr. Cohran honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, Dr. Bass performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Bass is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more.

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

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

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics; he sees patients in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. He is a graduate of Madras Medical College. His residency was performed at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Clinical interests for Dr. Gunasekaran include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gunasekaran speaks Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with 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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Strople graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for residency. In her practice, Dr. Strople focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Strople is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Research, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Jeffrey B Brown, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Brown works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Brown's clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Unfortunately, Dr. Brown is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Adrienne M Scheich, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2515 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Adrienne Scheich is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in Forest, IL, Grayslake, IL, and Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Scheich graduated from Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and KU Leuven Faculty of Medicine. She trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. Dr. Scheich is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Tiffany J Patton, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2875 W 19th Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tiffany Patton's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, hepatobiliary disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Patton performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Patton speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital and The University of Chicago Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Pancreas Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Triantafyllopoulou Greene, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology
250 East Superior Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Maria Greene is a pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric hepatology (liver disease) specialist. Dr. Greene speaks Greek. Her areas of expertise consist of pancreas problems, celiac disease, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Greene graduated from the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Monmouth Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greene honors. Dr. Greene is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas Problems, Swallowing Problems, Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1901 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla sees patients in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kagalwalla is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Kagalwalla attended Grant Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

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Clinical interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter F Whitington, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Transplant Surgery
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Peter Whitington's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Whitington include liver transplant. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Whitington trained at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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