Dr. Naresh Ahuja, MD

General SurgeryMaleAge 50

Dr. Ahuja
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Ssm Health Medical Group

2 Good Samaritan Way Ste 235 Mount Vernon, IL 62864

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(618) 899-3980

Dr. Naresh Ahuja, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Mount Vernon, IL. He is affiliated with medical facilities Good Samaritan Regional Health Center and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Centralia. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Ahuja to book an appointment.

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Affiliated with Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Mount Vernon, a highly rated hospital.

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No malpractice claims found for Illinois
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Dr. Ahuja's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Sleeve Gastrectomy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ahuja performs Sleeve Gastrectomy more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Ahuja performs this procedure more than 97% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic
Obesity
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ahuja treats Obesity more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Ahuja treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ahuja performs Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Ahuja performs this procedure more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Ahuja's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendicitis
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Biliary Drainage
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Chronic Appendicitis
  • Colectomy
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia, Congenital
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrotomy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Obesity
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Skin-Sparing Mastectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stent-Assisted Carotid Angioplasty
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Vein Treatment
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
  • Wound Repair

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(618) 899-3980

Dr. Ahuja accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
HAP Insurance
Health Alliance PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Sagamore Health Network
Sagamore Plus

Dr. Ahuja's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ahuja

4.9

Based on 92 ratings

5 Stars
96.73913043478261%
(89)
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
2.1739130434782608%
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Dr.Ahuja is very kind but tells you what you need to do to loose weight and keep it off.This has been a very satisfying experience I get excited when it gets close to my appointment, Dr.Ahuja encourages you to keep going. I have told my friends if they are having this surgery they have to go to Mt Vernon and let him do their surgery. I want to thank you Dr.Ahuja.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Diane King – Oct 03, 2021
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Dr. Ahuja gave me clear guidance during the process leading up to my surgery and afterwards, as well. He is extremely knowledgeable and addressed my personal well being and medical issues during each visit. Dr. Ahuja is an excellent surgeon...no complications during my procedure and recovery went very well!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Amanda – Sep 30, 2021
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Dr. Ahuja and his whole staff that assist before preop, help during surgery as well as the follow up afterwards are all remarkable humans. Dr. Ahuja cares about what he is doing and it shows. My insurance required a six month period in which I were to loose weight before my surgery. With covid that became a bit longer. I was able to be educated about my surgery and a healthy living style in that time. I exercised and began eliminating foods. I then to slowly add healthier options that are even more delicious. I lost a lot of weight before my surgery and more afterwards. This tool is a life saving choice I wish I had made many years earlier. I know the staff cares and listens. Because I have personally emailed and called many of them and they have responded in a fast and friendly manner every time. Dr. Ahuja himself may seem stern at first but it is in a protective fashion. He wants healthy and success for every patient he serves. That is true honest medicine at it finest.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Margaret – Aug 21, 2021
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He is the best surgeon I have ever worked with! He addressed all my concerns before and after my surgery and talked to me as a real person. His cuts we’re so precise that I have very minimal scarring. I was very impressed by the amount of personal attention I received before and after my surgery also. His entire staff follows the same type of professionalism and personalization as he does. Everyone is always so well informed knowledgeable, I leave the office with no questions and confident about what happens next or what the next steps will be. I give this surgeon and his team/staff am A+++!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Lissa – Aug 03, 2021
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Dr Abuja and his staff are terrific! Very informative and caring! I can’t express how conforming it is to have a doctor like him
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Tim Burns – Jul 27, 2021
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Everything from initial phone call to office visit has been awesome. From the staff to the Dr is always an pleasant experience. Dr. Ahuja is very knowledgeable in what he does and he makes sure that you leave have the knowledge that you need to prepare for your process and procedures. He also makes sure that you have knowledge in your aftercare and that you have the tools needed to succeed.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Albertina Andrews – Jul 23, 2021
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Dr. Ahuja did my grastric sleeve on July 12th.. He is a caring and patient doctor with his patients and makes talking to him real easy to do and explains everything to a me..
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Jul 21, 2021
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This man and his staff really are thoughtful and caring. I was comfortable talking with him about my weightliss throughout the entire journey. Best decision I ever made. The support is fantastic!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Rajeanna Rowe – Jul 18, 2021
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Great surgeon, listens and explains the procedures well.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 26, 2021
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Very knowledgeable and made sure we understood how the surgery would repair the hernia and gastric reflex.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Richard Nattier – Jun 25, 2021
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He is a great guy to have as a doctor and surgeon. He is very kind and explains everything well. I am very happy with my choice of him and will refer him to anyone wanting this done.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Madison Medock – Jun 10, 2021
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Great. Complete details of procedures where they could be understand . Was correct on timing. Released as promised.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dwight Dorton – Jun 03, 2021
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Dr. Ahuja was welcoming and very thorough. Even tho his schedule is full he always makes you feel he has all the time in the world for you. Always ask if you have questions. Greets you with a smile and leaves you with a smile. Makes all procedures understandable and is a comfort to his patients as well as their families. His office staff is helpful, courteous and kind. His office is clean, neat and comfortable. Dr. Ahuja made me feel like I had known him since childhood. Very kind and yet very knowledgeable of all his office has to offer. Not only is there little wait time in his office, the thing that stands out so prominently, as mentioned before is him asking every time if there are any questions. He never hurries you or makes you feel rushed. He is very concerned and thorough in his work. I as a registered nurse find this the most admirable trait any doctor could have. KUDOS TO DR. AHUJA AND HIS TEAM!!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Terri L Carter – Apr 27, 2021
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Dr. Abuja and the team at the Weight Loss clinic in Mount Vernon are absolutely wonderful. They provid every bit of information that you will need and answer any questions without making you feel like you're bothering them. I am so happy that I started this process with them. I am one week out from surgery and have had only triumphs, no set backs whatsoever. I recommend anybody contemplating any type of weight loss, let they're office be your first step!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Gloria Griffin – Apr 13, 2021
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Dr Ahuja is simply amazing. He worked with me for a few years until I finally had my stomach sleeve surgery. He seriously saved my life and I can’t thank him enough.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Russell Burgess – Apr 08, 2021
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Dr. Abuja and his team are amazing! He was patient, understanding, informative, and just made me feel completely comfortable with my surgery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Stephanie E. – Apr 08, 2021
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Very knowledgeable and wiling to answers questions and concerns. He takes time to explain details and stages of the weight loss surgery. I felt very secure with putting my health into his hands. His staff at the facility are all so kind and willing to help and answer question both in office and their online messaging option. I would definitely recommend Dr. Ahuja to others who are seeking a life style change.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Rebecca – Apr 06, 2021
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He is an amazing doctor! In an amazing facility! Dr.Ahuja and staff are friendly ,knowledgeable, and caring for their patients! He literally saved my life with my surgery! I am off all my diabetic meds and feeling so good!
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Pam – Apr 02, 2021
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Dr. Ahuja is a great physician. He was my bariatric surgeon. I am so impressed with his professional skills as well as his bedside manor. I can't recommend him enough.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Dawn Chapman – Mar 15, 2021
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I had a wonderful experience. He was professional, knowledgeable, informative and always asked if I had any questions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Crystal – Mar 11, 2021
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I believe in patient doctor partnership and design a surgical plan "specific to individual patient"s need and comfort".

Biography

I am a board certified general surgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive General, Foregut and Weight loss surgeries. I have been in general...Read more

Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2009
U Pittsburgh
Fellowship Hospital
2008
Washington Hospital Center
Residency Hospital
2004
Uniformed Srvs U, Bethesda
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Washington Hospital Center
Internship Hospital
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Languages

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Urdu

Awards

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Does Dr. Naresh Ahuja, MD offer telehealth services?

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What are Dr. Naresh Ahuja, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Ahuja frequently treats Sleeve Gastrectomy, Obesity, and Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Ahuja treats.

Where is Dr. Naresh Ahuja, MD's office located?

Dr. Ahuja's office is located at 2 Good Samaritan Way Ste 235, Mount Vernon, IL 62864. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Ssm Health Medical Group

General & Vascular Surgery2 Good Samaritan Way Ste 235 Mount Vernon, IL 62864
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SSM Weight Management Services, Mt Vernon

SSM Health Weight Management Services5 Good Samaritan Way Mount Vernon, IL 62864
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Ahuja is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Good Samaritan Regional Health Center

Mount Vernon, IL

77% Patient Experience Rating, 8% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Centralia

Centralia, IL

73% Patient Experience Rating, 4% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019)