We found 15 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Chicago, IL.

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John E. Pandolfino, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.75 stars (2 ratings)
259 E Erie Street; 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Pandolfino's areas of specialization are general practice and adult gastroenterology; he sees patients in Chicago, IL. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Pandolfino include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Pandolfino takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His 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, Endoscopy

Nathaniel J. Soper, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Gastroenterology, General Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
259 E Erie Street; 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Nathaniel Soper sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialties are general practice, gastroenterology (digestive system), and general surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, gallbladder problems, and hiatal hernia. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Soper attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Soper is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Hiatal Hernia, Pancreatic Surgery, Biliary Disorders, Laparoscopic Surgery, Splenectomy, ... (Read more)

Alexander P. Nagle, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.63 stars (28 ratings)
259 E Erie Street; 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Alex Nagle specializes in general practice, general surgery, and bariatric surgery and practices in Chicago, IL. The average patient rating for Dr. Nagle is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Nagle's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nagle is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Nagle attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Catherine Hunter is a physician who specializes in pediatric general surgery. Before performing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Hunter attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. In her practice, she is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hunter is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Thomas B. Nealis, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street; 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Nealis sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialties are general practice and adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Nealis include gastrointestinal bleeding, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nealis welcomes 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)

Joseph J. Karacic, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 1 stars (3 ratings)
259 E Erie Street; Suite 2250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Karacic's medical specialty is general practice and adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Karacic has a 1.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Karacic is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Peter J. Kahrilas, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street; 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Peter Kahrilas specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernia, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kahrilas accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. For his residency, Dr. Kahrilas trained 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

Dustin A Carlson, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street; 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dustin Carlson specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology and practices in Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. Dr. Carlson graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and then he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Carlson is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Eric S. Hungness, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 5 stars (4 ratings)
259 E Erie Street; 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Eric Hungness sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialties are general practice, gastroenterology (digestive system), and general surgery. Dr. Hungness's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, achalasia, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is rated highly by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Hungness attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He is professionally 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, Nissen ... (Read more)

Ikuo Hirano, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street; 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ikuo Hirano is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise consist of barrett's esophagus, swallowing problems (dysphagia), and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Hirano is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Hirano trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Leila Kia, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street; 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Leila Kia sees patients in Chicago, IL. Her medical specialties are general practice and adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kia include barrett's esophagus, colon cancer, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Kia is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kia has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Barrett's Esophagus

Michael D. Williams MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (5 ratings)
259 E Erie Street; Suite 2250
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Michael Williams' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Williams's clinical interests include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), peptic ulcer, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, Dr. Williams is not currently accepting new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Perry L. Kamel MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.16 stars (6 ratings)
737 North Michigan Avenue; Suite 620
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Perry Kamel practices adult gastroenterology in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Kamel include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kamel takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HFN. He has an open panel.

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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. Greg S. Cohen M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.38 stars (13 ratings)
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1525
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Greg Cohen's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Cohen include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cohen accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Stuart A. Issleib MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 2.91 stars (5 ratings)
2525 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stuart Issleib is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in La Grange, IL and Chicago, IL. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Issleib include colon cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Issleib's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Issleib is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Problems, Colonoscopy

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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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