Westbrook Internal Medicine
Norris W. Hsu, M.D.
Edward D. Kogan, M.D.
Gaston Carrasco, M.D.
Internal Medicine is a specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of medical illness in adults. As such, our doctors are trained to provide primary care for you and your family. They not only treat acute illnesses such as allergies, colds, flu, and intestinal disorders, but also chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and others.
The doctors at Westbrook Internal Medicine are all Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. They are members of the American Medical Association, American Society of Internal Medicine, Illinois State Medical Society, Chicago Medical Society and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Norris Hsu obtained his Bachelor of Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed a Masters Degree in Public Administration, specializing in Health Care Administration, at Cleveland State University.
Dr. Hsu went on to receive his medical degree from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed both his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.
Dr. Hsu is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is on the medical staffs at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates and Alexian Brothers Medical Center in
Elk Grove Village.
He is a member of the American Medical Association, Chicago Medical Society, Illinois State Medical Society, and the American College of Physicians.
"I believe my role as a physician is not only to treat illnesses, but to treat people. My goal is have my patients always feel comfortable coming to see me with their medical problems. I'd like them to know that they will be greeted by a friendly face, be treated with respect and dignity, and receive the highest quality care.
"Because health maintenance is the responsibility of both the patient and physician, it is important for me to educate my patients so they can help themselves. The importance of communication cannot be underestimated. By working together, we can not only treat current medical problems, but prevent future illnesses as well."
Dr. Nick Riccardo obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana, where he graduated, Cum Laude. He completed his medical studies in 1989 at the University of Illinois - Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in Chicago and was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Riccardo completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. His residency training in the critical care settings of the Emergency Room, Medical ICU and Cardiac Intensive Care Units has enabled Dr. Riccardo to become a knowledgeable physician in these multifaceted areas of medicine. Dr. Riccardo is board Certified in Internal Medicine.
"I believe trust is the most important quality between a patient and physician. In order to build a stable relationship which will hopefully encompass many years, a patient must know and truly believe that the physician will always have his patient's best interest at heart, no matter how simple or complex the problem."
"Because lifestyle and health modifications are ultimately made in cooperation between a doctor and patient, as an Internist, I hope to provide a solid foundation which will allow all my patients to make informed decisions about their own health care."
Dr. Riccardo is currently the Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at St. Alexius and serves on the Medicine Steering committee.
Dr. Edward Kogan obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Illinois. He studied Medicine at the University of Illinois - Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in Chicago and earned a Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1978. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, and began his practice in the Northwest suburbs in 1981. Doctor Kogan is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village and St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. He has served as President of the Medical Staff at St. Alexius, as Chairman of the Department of Medicine. Doctor Kogan is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of St. Alexius Medical Center.
Doctor Kogan is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine, American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, and Chicago Medical Society.
"As an Internist, I not only deal with medical problems as they arise, but also try to attend to the whole patient. I can assist my patients in maintaining a healthy life-style by offering comprehensive care, especially in regard to preventive medicine."
"My practice style is to teach patients as much about their illness as I am able, during their visit. I like to make sure my patient's questions are answered before they walk out the door."
Dr. Kogan is actively involved in teaching. He proctors medical students from the University of Illinois and physician assistant students from Midwestern University.
"Teaching offers me a chance to share practical clinical experience with students. It lets me aspire to be like those who were my mentors; and it's professionally very rewarding."
Dr. Gaston Carrasco has been in clinical practice in the Northwest suburbs since 1983. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Northwestern University. He completed medical school studies at Rush Medical College and Internal Medicine training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
He is an attending physician of the staffs of Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Carrasco is a member of the American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, American Society of Internal Medicine and the Chicago Medical Society. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Hoffman Estates and is on the Continuing Medial Education committee.
"Teamwork is crucial for a successful patient-doctor relationship. As an Internist, I see my role in patient care, as an advisor, making recommendations that will enhance my patients' well-being, and quality of life."
"Illness generally occurs as a total surprise. Whether a minor respiratory infection or a catastrophic illness, you will need to turn to your doctor for help. My commitment is to use current medical therapy to help you - never forgetting you as an individual."
"Your continued wellness is also a major goal. We will arrange for appropriate screening procedures and advise on other lifestyle changes that will help you."
Nick J. Riccardo, M.D.
Fax: (847) 884-7156
Phone: (847) 884-7111
1555 N. Barrington Rd. Suite 505 Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
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