We found 71 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Melrose Park, IL.

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Dr. John Edward Fortunato Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. John Fortunato's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. On average, patients gave Dr. Fortunato a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fortunato include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. Dr. Fortunato attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, VCU Health Center & MCV Hospital and Physicians, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. James Berman specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Maywood, IL, Park Ridge, IL, and Oakbrook Terrace, IL. His areas of expertise include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Berman average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Berman is an in-network provider 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. For his professional training, Dr. Berman completed a residency program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with 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 is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fishbein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His average patient rating is 0.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. 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. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise consist of heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Madras Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gunasekaran is conversant in Tamil. His professional affiliations include 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. Lena Brice Palmer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S. 1st Avenue; Building 54, Room 167
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Lena Palmer is a Maywood, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. She attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interest consist of celiac disease, malabsorption, and nutrition issues. Dr. Palmer is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, malabsorption

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Weight Loss, Malabsorption

Dr. Scott J Cotler, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
2160 S First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Scott Cotler practices gastroenterology (digestive system) and adult hepatology. His education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In Dr. Cotler's practice, he is particularly interested in hepatitis C, liver cancer, and hepatitis B. The average patient rating for Dr. Cotler is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Cotler is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Hepatitis B

Dr. Jack Leya, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5000 S 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Jack Leya's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and peptic ulcer. Dr. Leya is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He studied medicine at Nicolaus Copernicus Academy of Medicine, Krakow. His residency was performed at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Leya is conversant in Polish. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, peptic ulcer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Bile Duct Problems, Acid Reflux, Pancreatitis, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Dhruva R Tilwalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17 West 755 Butterfield Road; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli is a gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tilwalli include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Tilwalli attended Shivaji University for medical school and subsequently trained at Weiss Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Tilwalli's professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Saint Elizabeth Campus. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Nikhil J Shastri, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Nikhil Shastri is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Maywood, IL. Dr. Shastri's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, and rectal cancer. He is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shastri accepts. He attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection, Interventional ... (Read more)

Dr. Amar Satish Naik, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Amar Naik's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Naik's professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge. He honors Medicare insurance. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to English, Dr. Naik speaks Gujarati.

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

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Grant Medical College. Dr. Kagalwalla's medical residency was performed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Clinical interests for Dr. Kagalwalla include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Dr. Kagalwalla's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Allen Rosenbaum's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Rosenbaum attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Rosenbaum'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: , 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. Andelka D Djordjevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S First Avenue; (15750 Marion Dr. Homer Glen, Il. 60491)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Andelka Losavio's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Losavio honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Losavio is accepting new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Losavio attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Incontinence, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Ulcers, Swallowing Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil Gupta, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Neil Gupta is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Maywood, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gupta include esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, and rectal cancer. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Gupta attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colon polyps, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection, Interventional ... (Read more)

Dr. Marmyben J Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S 1st Avenue Room 167; Building 54
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Marmy Shah is an adult gastroenterologist. Her areas of expertise include crohn's disease, women's health issues, and ulcerative colitis. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah is a graduate of New York Medical College. Her residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She is conversant in Gujarati. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Anorectal Manometry, Crohn's Disease, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Women's Health ... (Read more)

Dr. Mukund Venu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S 1st Avenue; Building 54 Room 167
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Mukund Venu is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Maywood, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, esophageal motility disorders, and vomiting. Dr. Venu is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, esophageal motility disorders, vomiting, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Heartburn, Anorectal Manometry, Nausea, Acid Reflux, Esophagus ... (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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