We found 25 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Geisinger Health Plan near Philadelphia, PA.

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Cary Barrington Aarons MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Cary Aarons' specialty is colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Aarons's areas of expertise include polyps, cancer surgery, and rectal cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at Howard University College of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. He has received distinctions including Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with 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, Polyps, Rectal Cancer, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Immanuel King Hang Ho MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Immanuel Ho practices adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ho include diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and interventional endoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Penn Medicine Radnor. Dr. Ho is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of Montefiore Medical Center's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Ho 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. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

Joshua I. Bleier MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joshua Bleier is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among Dr. Bleier's clinical interests: cancer surgery, perianal abscess, and colon polyps. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bleier has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue, 2015 - 2017 and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Fecal Incontinence, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

James C. Reynolds MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 1 stars (1 rating)
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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reynolds include achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

Faten N. Aberra MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.5 stars (4 ratings)
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Faten Aberra is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Aberra has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aberra takes. Before performing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Aberra attended Dartmouth Medical School. In addition to English, she speaks Tigrinya. She is professionally affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Mark T. Osterman MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.5 stars (4 ratings)
51 N. 39th Street; 218 Wright Saunders Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Osterman works as a gastroenterologist. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Osterman include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Osterman has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Osterman takes. In addition to English, he speaks Croatian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Gary R. Lichtenstein MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
average rating 4 stars (11 ratings)
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Lichtenstein, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). The average patient rating for Dr. Lichtenstein is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor. Dr. Lichtenstein is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lichtenstein include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. 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, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Lewis is an adult gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Lewis's hospital/clinic affiliations include Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Penn Medicine Radnor, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lewis accepts. Dr. Lewis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lewis trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His distinctions include: Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issues in 2010 and 2017; Philadelphia Super Doctors; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colon Problems, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Caroline Lesley Kerner MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3 stars (2 ratings)
230 West Washington Square; Farm Journal Building, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Caroline Kerner is a gastroenterologist in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kerner include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Kerner's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kerner accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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

Dr. Nicole Saur specializes in colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: 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. Dr. Saur is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing her residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Saur attended the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Fecal Incontinence, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Polyps, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jesse Green is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Philadelphia, PA. Before completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Green attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include anemia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Green accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Green's hospital/clinic affiliations include Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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

Dr. Vesselin Tomov is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Tomov accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor.

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

Farzana Rashid MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (15 ratings)
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Dulles Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Farzana Rashid is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She is a graduate of the University of Sheffield Medical School and a graduate of MetroHealth Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Rashid's areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She has received the distinction of Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue. In addition to English, Dr. Rashid speaks Bengali. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor.

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

Najjia N. Mahmoud MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.18 stars (4 ratings)
3400 Spruce Street; 4 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Najjia Mahmoud's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahmoud's clinical interests include cancer surgery, perianal abscess, and enterocele repair. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mahmoud is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Her distinctions 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 2017. 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)

Robert M. Strauss MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.64 stars (14 ratings)
51 N. 39th Street; 218 Wright Saunders Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Robert Strauss' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Strauss include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Strauss attended National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. He has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Penn Medicine Radnor.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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

Dr. Meenakshi Bewtra is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine Radnor. Dr. Bewtra 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 honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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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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