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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. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aarons include polyps, cancer surgery, and rectal cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from Howard University College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Aarons trained at Boston Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Aarons's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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. His areas of expertise include diarrhea, interventional endoscopy, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Dr. Ho honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, he completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center. 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. He is conversant in Cantonese. Dr. Ho is professionally affiliated with 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. Joshua Israel Skorr Bleier, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joshua Bleier's specialty is colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Bleier's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bleier accepts. Dr. Bleier is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue 2015, 2016 and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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 is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist in Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among Dr. Lichtenstein's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency 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. In addition to English, Dr. Lichtenstein (or staff) speaks 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Aberra an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aberra include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Aberra attended Dartmouth Medical School. She is conversant in Tigrinya. Dr. Aberra 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Kerner is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at 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, 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 a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Osterman's training includes a residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Osterman speaks Croatian. Dr. Osterman 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. Jesse Andrew Green, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
218 Wright Saunders Building; 51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jesse Green's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Green's areas of expertise include the following: anemia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Green honors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rashid include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. Dr. Rashid is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Sheffield Medical School, Dr. Rashid completed her residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center. She is conversant in 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 practices adult gastroenterology in Philadelphia, PA. In her practice, Dr. Bewtra focuses on crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Bewtra attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bewtra honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Lewis include cancer, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Lewis completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His distinctions 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Reynolds include achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reynolds accepts. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Reynolds 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. Vesselin T Tomov, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Dulles Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Vesselin Tomov specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Tomov is especially interested in crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Strauss include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Strauss's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Dr. Strauss's professional affiliations include 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 is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Mahmoud's clinical interests include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Mahmoud has received distinctions including 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Her areas of expertise include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Saur takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at Tufts Medical Center.

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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.