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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Philadelphia, PA. He speaks Cantonese. These areas are among his clinical interests: diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and interventional endoscopy. Dr. Ho is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ho takes. He has received distinctions including 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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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Colitis, Interventional Endoscopy, 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 is a colon & rectal surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aarons include polyps, cancer surgery, and rectal cancer. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Aarons is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Aarons trained at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Aarons honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 works as a colon and rectal surgeon. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bleier trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. 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. Dr. Bleier has received distinctions including Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue 2015, 2016 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include 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 is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Lichtenstein is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Lichtenstein's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Lichtenstein 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 the following languages: 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 an adult gastroenterology specialist in Philadelphia, PA. She is conversant in Tigrinya. Her clinical interests include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Aberra is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). After completing medical school at Dartmouth Medical School, she performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Aberra's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aberra honors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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. These areas are among his clinical interests: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Reynolds is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Reynolds 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. Caroline Lesley Kerner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
230 West Washington Square; Farm Journal Building, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Caroline Kerner specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kerner include crohn's disease. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Kerner attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Osterman completed a residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Osterman include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Osterman is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is conversant in 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 practices adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Green's clinical interests: anemia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Green attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Green 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' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cancer, crohn's disease, and colon problems. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Lewis's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.

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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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. She has a special interest in crohn's disease. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Bewtra is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Strauss's clinical interests include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Strauss has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks Spanish and German.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tomov include crohn's disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. 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, 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Rashid's education and training includes medical school at the University of Sheffield Medical School and residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. 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 takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is conversant in Bengali. Dr. Rashid 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 is a colon & rectal surgery specialist. 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. Mahmoud is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 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.

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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 is a specialist in colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Saur's education and training includes medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Tufts Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Saur include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. 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)

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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.