Dr. Stephen Hanauer
what type of doctor: Gastroenterologist
Colonoscopies: this doctor may/may not perform colonoscopies
Doctor’s office Address:
Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Doctor’s office phone number (773) 702-1466
Comments about doctor:
This is one of the few doctors who makes you feel better just by his attitude. I have visited him the first time in early March of 2011 and have to say my Outlook just changed by talking to him. A very professional, down-to-earth, and open attitude have helped me cope with the issues I am dealing with. The office staff was very friendly, even though the wait time was a little longer than what I would like to see.
In the conversation with him, we have discussed the current status and where we go from here. One of the most surprising results out of the visit was the fact that he told me to start smoking 3-5 cigarettes per day, as there are no smokers with ulcerative colitis out there (at least I have not found any yet either). I started right after the visit and within one week my movements went from 20-25 per day down to around 6-8 right now and I am feeling better than I have ever before. The other advice he had was the fact that I should eat whatever I feel like. Food has no impact on the ulcers itself, some items might go through a little quicker than other, but I needed to put on some weight again, as I have lost around 50lbs over the last 2 months. So now I am consuming Pizza, ice cream, fast food, and all the things I cut out in fear of getting worse. No food I have tried to this point seems to have an adverse affect on my condition, in fact, I love my life again and my family life is back as well.
Dr. Hanauer accepts all regular insurance. I have a follow up MRI in about a week to check out some UC related liver issues and make sure nothing else is messed up.
From my point of view, if you are in the Chicago area, I would not recommend another doctor, but Dr. Hanauer.