Gastroenterology & Nutrition

This site is intended to provide information to all those who may come in contact with our division. We hope that our patients, physician colleagues, house staff, medical students, prospective fellows, and others will find the information here useful.

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Clinical Services

Resources

Faculty

Gail Hecht, MD

Division Director
Professor

Locations
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

Jessica Bartfield, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition

Richard Benya, MD

Professor

Specialties

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diarrheal Illnesses
  • GERD
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy
  • Heartburn

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center
Loyola Center for Health at Oakbrook Terrace North

Neil Gupta, MD,MPH

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • ERCP
  • Pancreas Disorders
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy
  • esophageal disorders
  • Esophagus Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Invasive Gastroenterology
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stomach cancer
  • Large Colon Polyps
  • endoscopic mucosal resection
  • endoscopic ablation: Barrx and TruFreeze
  • single balloon enteroscopy
  • Interventional endoscopy
  • Advanced endoscopy
  • Rectal cancer
  • endoscopic submucosal dissection
  • bile duct cancer
  • Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • esophageal disorders
  • Bile Duct Disorders

Omar Khan, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer Syndromes
  • General Gastroenterology
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Lynch Syndrome
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy
  • Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn's Disease

Jack Leya, MD

Professor

Specialties

  • Jaundice
  • Stomach cancer
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Invasive Gastroenterology
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • ERCP
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Esophagus Cancer
  • GERD- swallowing disorders- C. difficle infection
  • Common Bile Duct Stones
  • Bile Duct Disorders
  • Jaundice
  • Pancreas Disorders
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy

Locations
Loyola Center for Health at Oakbrook Terrace North
Loyola Outpatient Center
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

Amar Naik, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn's Disease
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy

Lena Palmer, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Nutrition
  • Management of IV/intestinal feeding tubes
  • Celiac Disease
  • Diarrheal Illnesses
  • Malnutrition/Abnormal Weight Loss
  • Malabsorption
  • Management of IV/intestinal feeding tubes

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center

Michael Sprang, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • General Gastroenterology
  • Nutrition
  • Malnutrition/Abnormal Weight Loss
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy

Mukund Venu, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • esophageal disorders
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Gas & Bloating
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • General Gastroenterology
  • Esophageal Motility
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Reflux Disease
  • GERD
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy

Nikhil Shastri, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • ERCP
  • Pancreas Disorders
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy
  • esophageal disorders
  • Esophagus Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Invasive Gastroenterology
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stomach cancer
  • Large Colon Polyps
  • endoscopic mucosal resection
  • endoscopic ablation: Barrx and TruFreeze
  • single balloon enteroscopy
  • Interventional endoscopy
  • Advanced endoscopy
  • Rectal cancer
  • endoscopic submucosal dissection
  • bile duct cancer
  • Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • esophageal disorders
  • Bile Duct Disorders