Gastroenterology & Nutrition

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Clinical Services

Resources

Faculty

Gail Hecht, MD

Division Director
Professor

Locations
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

Richard Benya, MD

Professor

Specialties

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

Locations
Loyola Burr Ridge

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

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

Nikiya Asamoah, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • General Gastroenterology
  • Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn's Disease

 

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center
Burr Ridge

Ayokunle Abegunde, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Celiac Disease
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy
  • Diarrheal Illnesses
  • Dysphagia
  • GERD-Swallowing Disorders C. Difficile Infection
  • General Gastroenterology
  • Peptic Ulcer

 

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center

Brian Liem, DO

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal Motility
  • GERD
  • General Gastroenterology
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Esophageal Disorders

 

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center

Peter Sargon, MD

Gastroenterology Assistant Professor,
Associate Director, GI Lab

Specialties

  • Advanced Endoscopy
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Bile Duct Disorders
  • Biliary Disorder
  • Colon, Rectal, Pancreas, Stomach, Esophagus, Bile Duct, Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Colonoscopy-Endoscopy
  • Common Bile Duct Stones
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Interventional Endoscopy
  • Invasive Gastroenterology
  • Large Colon Polyps
  • Natural Orifice Trans-lumenal Endoscopic Surgery
  • Pancreatitis
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic Ablation:  Barrx and TruFreeze
  • Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • Single Balloon Enteroscopy

 

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center

Sarah Kinsinger, PHD


Associate Professor
Director, Behavioral Medicine for Digestive Health

Specialties

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Women's Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Medical Hypnosis

 

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center
Burr Ridge