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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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Research, Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

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

Dr. Michael Ruchim is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL. Dr. Ruchim attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ruchim takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ruchim has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Esophagus Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's ... (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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) and practices in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Vanwagner include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and preventive care. Dr. Vanwagner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vanwagner takes. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All 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 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), short bowel syndrome

All 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Laura Yun is a gastroenterologist. She attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Dr. Yun's clinical interests encompass crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Women's Health Issues, 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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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux (GERD)

All 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Darren Michael Brenner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Darren Brenner is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brenner include gastrointestinal bleeding, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and anorectal problems. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, anorectal problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anorectal Problems, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajesh N Keswani, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Keswani is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Keswani is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Keswani is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Enteroscopy, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Cancer, ... (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: , gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Obesity, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy, ... (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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, 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: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

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

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