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About Dr. Christopher J Smith
Dr. Christopher J Smith, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Oak Lawn, IL, with other offices in Westchester, IL and Evergreen Park, IL . His specialties include Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatrics. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Edward Hospital. Dr. Smith has received 3 awards. He speaks English.
Dr. Christopher J Smith has the following 2 specialties
- Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric gastroenterologists can treat a variety of diseases and conditions in infants and children related to their liver, pancreas or intestines. If your child has severe or recurrent abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, a pediatric gastroenterologist can help you get to the bottom of it. They can also help identify the many possible causes of failure to thrive in infants.
Other common conditions they treat include Crohn's Disease, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, short gut syndrome and hepatitis C, as well as nutritional disorders like celiac disease and lactose intolerance. In order to diagnose and treat your child’s condition, gastroenterologists can perform colonoscopies and other diagnostic testing before deciding on the best treatment plan.
A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the regular care of children, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of illness in children. Young patients are often more complicated to treat because they are still growing and developing.
While pediatricians may sub-specialize in specific therapy areas like oncology, surgery, ophthalmology, and anesthesiology, in general, pediatricians provide services like vaccinations, health exams, and treatment of common ailments and injuries. In addition, pediatricians are trained to handle the complex emotional and behavioral issues faced by children, especially during puberty.
Pediatricians normally see their patients from birth until the age of 18, although some may agree to treat patients into their early 20s, if requested.
- Failure to Thrive
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Few things are as important to a parent as the health and well being of his or her child. This physician seems to understand that as well as any that I have met. Dr. Smith did his best not only to gather all of the facts on my son's health, he also took the time, patiently and thoughtfully, to respond to each and every question I had regarding my son's condition and prognosis. A week after our visit, he called me to check on my son's progress. The fact that he might run a few minutes late every now and then is likely a reflection of (a) the fact that so many parents want Dr. Smith to see their children and (b) the fact that he spends so much time responding to parents' questions. Good man. Exceptional physician.
My 16 year old daughter has been experiencing many different symptoms, a few were possibly GI related. She had appointments scheduled w/ rheumatoly, endo and GI. Dr. Smith happens to be the first of these doctors we have seen. After ordering blood tests & performing a colonoscopy and endoscopy, he was unable to find any GI problems that could explain my daughter's drastic weight loss, chronic constipation and abdominal pain. Instead of simply saying she didn't need a gastro doctor, he said she must have an eating disorder and needed psychiatric evaluation. He then added that he had seen girls die from losing this much weight. I had just finished telling him how upset she was about her recent weight loss. My poor daughter was in tears when he said this. I told him I was positive this was not an issue for her. I honestly don't think he heard anything we had told him during our two visits with him. I thought I had been very thorough explaining all her symptoms and all the other doctors she was scheduled to see. Needless to say, I have never had such a terrible experience with a doctor or met one who was so cold!!
Dr Smith is an excellent physician
Top 10 Doctor - State (2014)
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Patients' Choice Award (2014, 2013, 2015, 2010, 2008)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2016, 2015, 2013)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
Dr. Smith is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Dr. Christopher J Smith accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS IL BlueCare Direct
- BCBS IL BlueChoice Select
- BCBS IL PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry HealthAmerica PPO
- Coventry IL PPO
- Coventry PPO Platinum
- First Health PPO
- HealthLink PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana National HMO
- Multiplan PPO
- PriorityHealth Priority PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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