We found 19 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HFN PPO near Maywood, IL.

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Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2160 S. 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. James Berman's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Dr. Berman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Berman's medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, constipation, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 0.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fishbein has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fishbein accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Fishbein attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. In addition to English, he speaks Tamil. These areas are among Dr. Gunasekaran's clinical interests: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Before completing his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Dr. Gunasekaran attended medical school at Madras Medical College. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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. Manfred Werner Raiser, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
911 N Elm Street; Suite 102
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Manfred Raiser specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Raiser average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Raiser's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hemorrhoids. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Raiser accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Heidelberg University. Dr. Raiser (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Colon Problems, Hemorrhoids, Ulcers, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Allen Jerome Rosenbaum, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3340 Oak Park Av; Suite 304
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. Allen Rosenbaum is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Berwyn, IL. Dr. Rosenbaum graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His clinical interests include cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, Crohn's disease, intestinal (bowel) problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Acid Reflux, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennie Ng Ng Hsieh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3722 Harlem Avenue; Suite 102
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Jennie Ng, who practices in Riverside, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ng include liver disease and endoscopy. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Ng's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Colon Problems, Liver Disease, Endoscopy

Dr. Sameer A Barkatullah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 202
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Sameer Barkatullah specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Barkatullah takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at Rush Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Barkatullah (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Dr. Sandra Rasa Valaitis, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
3722 Harlem Avenue; Suite 201
Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Sandra Valaitis' medical specialty is urogynecology. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. These areas are among her clinical interests: rectocele (posterior prolapse), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valaitis accepts. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Valaitis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Lithuanian and Spanish. Dr. Valaitis's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and The University of Chicago Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , rectocele (posterior prolapse), rectovaginal fistula

All Interests: Rectocele, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Sacrocolpopexy, Botox Injection, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Gnerlich, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Gnerlich, who practices in Maywood, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Areas of expertise for Dr. Gnerlich include esophageal cancer, cancer surgery, and soft tissue sarcoma. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Gnerlich attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Gnerlich is affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Liver Tumor, Whipple Procedure, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Surgery, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Ann Barsness, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
2160 S First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Katherine Barsness, who practices in Chicago, IL, Maywood, IL, and Lake Forest, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric general surgery. Dr. Barsness is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barsness include minimally invasive surgery, pectus excavatum, and colon problems. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Barsness is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Pyloric Stenosis, Abdominal Problems, Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc A Freed, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8711 W Cermak Road
North Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Marc Freed works as a pediatrician in Riverside, IL. Dr. Freed is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: premature babies, heart problems, and nutrition counseling. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Freed takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Freed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Hindi. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Hearing Evaluation, Osteoporosis, Allergies, Osteopathic Medicine, Intestinal Problems, Behavior ... (Read more)

Dr. Abdul K Malhes, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8711 W. Cermak Road
North Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Abdul Malhes specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Berwyn, IL, Riverside, IL, and Palatine, IL. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His clinical interests include diabetes, learning disabilities, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Malhes is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Malhes studied medicine at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Hearing Evaluation, Allergies, Intestinal Problems, Behavior Problems, Weight Management, Cerebral ... (Read more)

Dr. Elyse C Schneiderman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1 Salt Creek Lane
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Elyse Schneiderman is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Bolingbrook, IL and Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Schneiderman is conversant in French. Her areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schneiderman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Colon Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Ellen Gruszka, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8711 W Cermak Road
North Riverside, IL
 

Dr. Mary Gruszka's specialty is general pediatrics. These areas are among her clinical interests: premature babies, nutrition counseling, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gruszka's education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Allergies, Intestinal Problems, Nutrition Counseling, Cerebral Palsy, Premature Babies, Attention ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey K Zawacki, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3245 S Grove Avenue; Suite 202
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Zawacki works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Berwyn, IL and Hinsdale, IL. He speaks French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zawacki include colorectal problems, rectal surgery, and intestinal (bowel) problems. Dr. Zawacki is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Patients gave Dr. Zawacki an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, intestinal (bowel) problems, rectal prolapse

All Interests: Rectal Prolapse, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Rectal Surgery, Intestinal Problems, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Ehtesham J Ghani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9223 Ogden Avenue
Brookfield, IL
 

Dr. Ehtesham Ghani sees patients in Brookfield, IL and Hinsdale, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Ghani (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: homeopathic treatment, annual gynecological exam (well woman exam), and cancer screening. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Ghani accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Holistic Approaches, Eating Disorders, Sclerotherapy, ... (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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