We found 4 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept HealthSpring near Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

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Dr. Hector M Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Hector Hernandez's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hernandez attended Francisco Marroquin University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Hernandez is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, 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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Clinical interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, 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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Clinical interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Esperanza Garcia Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1s224 Summit Avenue; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Esperanza Garcia-Alvarez is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Catalan. She is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez is a graduate of the University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Garcia-Alvarez trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. Dr. Garcia-Alvarez accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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