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Dr. Catherine Jane Hunter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
225 E Chicago Avenue #63; Division of Pediatric Surgery
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Catherine Hunter is a pediatric general surgery specialist in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Heights, IL. She has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hunter accepts. Before completing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Hunter attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hunter's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Abdominal Problems, Acid Reflux, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Pandolfino's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Pandolfino is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pandolfino attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Pandolfino trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy

Dr. Rashmi Dilip Kabre, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric General Surgery
1653 W Harrison Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rashmi Kabre is a specialist in thoracic surgery and pediatric general surgery. She works in Chicago, IL, Forest, IL, and Lake Forest, IL. Her areas of expertise include surgical procedures. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Kabre attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kabre is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HFN, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Inguinal Hernia, Tumor, Neonatal Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Hirschsprung ... (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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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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'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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Alexander P Nagle, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Alex Nagle practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nagle include achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Nagle takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Nagle attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Nagle's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All 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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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Thomas Brandon Nealis, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Nealis practices adult gastroenterology in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Nealis include gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nealis honors. Dr. Nealis is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Obesity, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael D Williams, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street, Suite 2250; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Williams works as an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Williams attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Williams completed a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Williams include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Williams average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Perry L Kamel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
737 North Michigan Avenue; Suite 620
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Perry Kamel is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Kamel is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kamel is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph J Karacic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street, Suite 2250; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Karacic works as an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. He has received a 1.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Karacic's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Karacic accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter J Kahrilas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Peter Kahrilas is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernia, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kahrilas honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, Dr. Kahrilas completed his residency training at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hiatal Hernia, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

Dr. Dustin A Carlson, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dustin Carlson is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Carlson accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Carlson's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy

Dr. Eric S Hungness, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
259 E Erie Street 16th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Eric Hungness' specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Hungness's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, achalasia, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Hungness is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Hiatal Hernia, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss, Nissen ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ikuo Hirano is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include barrett's esophagus, swallowing problems (dysphagia), and acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Hirano attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hirano's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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