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 specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ho speaks Cantonese. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and interventional endoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Ho obtained his medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. 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.

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All Interests: Cirrhosis, Interventional Endoscopy, Enteroscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (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 specializes in colon & rectal surgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Aarons's clinical interests include 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. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Howard University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinction: 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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Bleier takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including 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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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 medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Lichtenstein is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Lichtenstein accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of Duke University Medical Center's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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 Hebrew and French.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Aberra honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Aberra obtained her medical school training at Dartmouth Medical School and performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 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: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (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 areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Reynolds completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Reynolds has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally 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, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Osterman, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Osterman include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Osterman has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Harvard Medical School, he completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Osterman speaks Croatian. He is 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. Caroline Lesley Kerner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
230 West Washington Square; Farm Journal Building, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Caroline Kerner is an adult gastroenterology specialist. After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). These areas are among her clinical interests: crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kerner accepts. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and 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. James D Lewis, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Lewis works as an adult gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Lewis attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His clinical interests include cancer, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014. Dr. Lewis's 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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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colon Problems, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jesse Green works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Green's areas of expertise include the following: anemia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Green speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Meenakshi Bewtra specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Bewtra's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical interests encompass crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

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

Dr. Vesselin Tomov is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tomov include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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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' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Dr. Strauss is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Strauss studied medicine at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Strauss takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Atlanta Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Farzana Rashid's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. The average patient rating for Dr. Rashid is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Rashid studied medicine at the University of Sheffield Medical School. She completed her residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Bengali. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

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

Dr. Nicole Saur is a colon & rectal surgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among her clinical interests: cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Saur honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She attended medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. Dr. Saur is 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, Fecal Incontinence, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Najjia Mahmoud works as a colon and rectal surgeon in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Mahmoud include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Mahmoud average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahmoud takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mahmoud's residency was performed 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)

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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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