We found 76 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HealthSmart near Chicago, IL.

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Lisa B VanWagner MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
259 E Erie Street; 16th Fl Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL

Dr. Lisa Vanwagner works as a general practitioner, adult gastroenterologist, and hepatologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), hepatitis, and preventive care. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vanwagner honors. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Liver Cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Preventive Care, Endoscopic Variceal Ligation, Liver Cancer, ... (Read more)

Laura H Yun MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 1.87 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
259 E Erie Street; 16th Fl Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL

Dr. Laura Yun specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology and practices in Chicago, IL. Her areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Yun is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Dr. Yun is professionally affiliated with 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

John E Pandolfino MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL

Dr. John Pandolfino is a general practitioner and adult gastroenterologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Pandolfino's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pandolfino takes. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pandolfino has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

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

Darren M Brenner MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.91 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
259 E Erie Street; 16th Fl Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL

Dr. Darren Brenner is a general practitioner and gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Brenner is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and anorectal problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brenner takes. Dr. Brenner is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Anorectal Problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Endoscopy, Esophagogast ... (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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. In her practice, Dr. Alonso focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver transplant. Dr. Alonso's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Her education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Alonso is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems

All Interests: Liver Transplant, Gastrointestinal Problems

Nathaniel J Soper MD
Specializes in General Practice, Gastroenterology, General Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL

Dr. Nathaniel Soper specializes in general practice, gastroenterology (digestive system), and general surgery. These areas are among Dr. Soper's clinical interests: achalasia, gallbladder problems, and hiatal hernia. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Soper is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Achalasia, Acid Reflux

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

Thomas B Nealis MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street; 16th Fl Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL

Dr. Thomas Nealis specializes in general practice and adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nealis's areas of expertise 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 attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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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

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

Alexander P Nagle MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.63 stars out of 5 (28 ratings)
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL

Dr. Alex Nagle is a general practitioner, general surgeon, and bariatric surgeon in Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include achalasia, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nagle studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Nagle trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Diverticular Disease, Achalasia, Colon Cancer, Colon Polyps, Acid Reflux

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

Rajesh N Keswani MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street; 16th Fl Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL

Dr. Rajesh Keswani's medical specialty is general practice and adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Keswani include endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), gastrointestinal cancer, and pancreatitis. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Keswani obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Cancer

All Interests: Enteroscopy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreatitis, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, ERCP, Endoscop ... (Read more)

Peter J Kahrilas MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL

Dr. Peter Kahrilas' areas of specialization are general practice and adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, he performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He is especially interested in barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernia, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Kahrilas is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Kahrilas's professional 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

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

Adam C Stein MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
259 E Erie Street; 16th Fl Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL

Dr. Adam Stein's specialties are general practice and adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Stein attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Stein trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stein honors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease

Arvydas D Vanagunas MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL

Dr. Arvydas Vanagunas is a general practitioner and gastroenterologist. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Vanagunas attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vanagunas include diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and peptic ulcer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Diarrhea, Peptic Ulcer, Colorectal Cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Colorectal Cancer, Endoscopy, Diarrhea, Peptic Ulcer

Joseph J Karacic MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
259 E Erie Street; Suite 2350
Chicago, IL

Dr. Joseph Karacic works as a general practitioner, gastroenterologist, and hepatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karacic include diarrhea, peptic ulcer, and ulcerative colitis. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Karacic is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College 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. Karacic welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Diarrhea, Gastrointestinal Problems, Peptic Ulcer, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Constipation, Rectal Bleeding

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

Stephen B Hanauer MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
5758 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL

Dr. Stephen Hanauer sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialties are general practice and adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hanauer's clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hanauer graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Center for Advanced Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hanauer's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Dustin Carlson works as a general practitioner and adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Carlson is especially interested in swallowing problems (dysphagia), endoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Carlson's medical residency was performed at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

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

Richard M Green MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL

Dr. Richard Green sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialties are general practice, adult gastroenterology, and adult hepatology. His clinical interests include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and wilson's disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Green graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Green is 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: , Liver Cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Transplant Procedures, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Wilson' ... (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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