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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ho include diarrhea, interventional endoscopy, and polypectomy (polyp removal). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ho is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of Montefiore Medical Center's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ho 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. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. Dr. Ho's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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All Interests: Cirrhosis, Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, 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 practices colon & rectal surgery. His areas of expertise include polyps, cancer surgery, and rectal cancer. Dr. Aarons is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Aarons studied medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. He trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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 Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Bleier's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue 2015, 2016 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with 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, Ileostomy, Fecal Incontinence, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gary Lichtenstein specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). Dr. Lichtenstein's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Lichtenstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lichtenstein graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Duke University Medical Center. His distinctions include: 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 professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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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 is a gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Aberra include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Aberra average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Dartmouth Medical School, she completed her residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Aberra is conversant in Tigrinya. She 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. 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. Her areas of expertise include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Kerner performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He speaks Croatian. Dr. Osterman's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). After attending Harvard Medical School, he completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Osterman is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Osterman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Green include anemia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Green takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Green speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

Dr. Farzana Rashid is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Before performing her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Rashid attended the University of Sheffield Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rashid include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rashid speaks Bengali. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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

Dr. Meenakshi Bewtra's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In her practice, Dr. Bewtra focuses on crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Bewtra is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bewtra is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Lewis works as an adult gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Lewis include cancer, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Lewis attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Lewis has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colon Problems, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. His clinical interests include achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Reynolds graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Reynolds takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Vesselin Tomov is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Tomov focuses on crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Tomov completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative 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 works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Strauss has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Strauss trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received the following distinction: Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. He is 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. Najjia N Mahmoud, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 4 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Najjia Mahmoud specializes in colon & rectal surgery. She attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Mahmoud include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Mahmoud is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Nicole Saur is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Saur is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing her residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Saur attended medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Ileostomy, 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.