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 is a physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: polyps, cancer surgery, and rectal cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aarons honors. After attending Howard University College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Aarons completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Aarons has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

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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 specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and interventional endoscopy. Dr. Ho accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Ho attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. 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. He speaks Cantonese. Dr. Ho is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

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

Dr. James Lewis' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lewis include cancer, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. 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. 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. Gary R Lichtenstein, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Lichtenstein is a gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lichtenstein is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Lichtenstein attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 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 Hebrew and French. 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 a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In her practice, Dr. Kerner focuses on crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kerner honors. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

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

Dr. Jesse Green's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Green attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Green include anemia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Green speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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

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

Dr. Faten Aberra is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Aberra is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She is an in-network provider 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.

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

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. These areas are among his clinical interests: anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Strauss honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Strauss graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Dr. Strauss 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. Farzana Rashid, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Dulles Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Farzana Rashid works as an adult gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Rashid is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rashid graduated from the University of Sheffield Medical School and then she performed her residency 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. 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 is conversant in 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). Dr. Osterman is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Brigham and Women's Hospital's residency program. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Joshua Bleier's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Bleier attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Dr. Bleier is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue 2015, 2016 and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Fecal Incontinence, Intestinal Problems, ... (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' specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Reynolds's education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Nicole Saur practices colon & rectal surgery in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Saur include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saur graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. She 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 is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. 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. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mahmoud trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. She 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. Dr. Mahmoud 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, Liver Cancer, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Meenakshi Bewtra sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Bewtra is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She obtained her medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Skandan Shanmugan, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
700 Spruce Street; Duncan Building Suite 305
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Skandan Shanmugan's specialty is colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Shanmugan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Temple University Hospital for residency. Dr. Shanmugan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Fecal Incontinence, 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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