We found 25 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Geisinger Health Plan near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Immanuel King Hang Ho, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Immanuel Ho's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ho's areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and interventional endoscopy. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then went on to complete his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2013-2016 and Recognized by Main Line Magazine 's Pennsylvania's Top Doctors 2009-2014. Dr. Ho is conversant in Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Colitis, Interventional Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Cary Barrington Aarons, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, West Pavilion; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Cary Aarons is a colon and rectal surgeon in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Aarons's areas of expertise include the following: polyps, cancer surgery, and rectal cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. After attending Howard University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aarons accepts. Dr. Aarons has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua Israel Skorr Bleier, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joshua Bleier is a colon and rectal surgeon in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bleier include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Bleier accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bleier include: Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue 2015, 2016 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Fecal Incontinence, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary Roth Lichtenstein, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Lichtenstein's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). These areas are among Dr. Lichtenstein's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Lichtenstein is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of Duke University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Lichtenstein has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. Dr. Lichtenstein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and French. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Faten Nureddin Aberra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Faten Aberra practices adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Aberra honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Aberra attended Dartmouth Medical School and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Tigrinya. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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All Interests: Colitis, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. James Charles Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
219 N Broad Street, The Arnold T. Berman, Md Building; 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Reynolds is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Reynolds include achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Reynolds has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Colitis, Esophagitis, Abdominal Problems, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Caroline Lesley Kerner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
230 West Washington Square; Farm Journal Building, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Caroline Kerner's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include crohn's disease. Dr. Kerner is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kerner is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Mark Tomislav Osterman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
218 Wright Saunders Building; 51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Osterman's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Osterman is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Osterman is conversant in Croatian.

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All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse Andrew Green, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
218 Wright Saunders Building; 51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jesse Green's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: anemia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Green is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Green's residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease, Colon Biopsy, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

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Dr. James D Lewis, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Lewis works as an adult gastroenterologist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His areas of expertise include cancer, crohn's disease, and colon problems. Dr. Lewis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014. His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Colon Problems, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Meenakshi Bewtra, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Meenakshi Bewtra is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests encompass crohn's disease. Dr. Bewtra is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Robert M Strauss, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
218 Wright Saunders Building; 51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Robert Strauss is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Strauss attended National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Strauss's areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Strauss accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, Liver Cancer, Intestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vesselin T Tomov, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Dulles Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Vesselin Tomov practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Tomov's areas of expertise include crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Farzana Rashid, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Dulles Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Farzana Rashid specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. After attending the University of Sheffield Medical School, she completed her residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Rashid include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. Patient ratings for Dr. Rashid average 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Rashid is conversant in Bengali. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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All Interests: Gastrostomy, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Scleroderma, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Najjia N Mahmoud, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 4 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Najjia Mahmoud practices colon & rectal surgery. Her clinical interests include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Mahmoud is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mahmoud include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014; and Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2010 through 2016. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Fecal Incontinence, Liver Cancer, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicole Marie Saur, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nicole Saur's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Saur's clinical interests include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saur takes. She obtained her medical school training at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Saur's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Fecal Incontinence, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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