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

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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 in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Aarons's areas of expertise 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. He attended Howard University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aarons honors. 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. 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 is conversant in Cantonese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ho include diarrhea, polypectomy (polyp removal), and interventional endoscopy. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Ho is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the following distinctions: 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. 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 an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Reynolds's clinical interests include achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Reynolds graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Reynolds completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Faten Aberra's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. She attended Dartmouth Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Aberra include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She speaks Tigrinya. Dr. Aberra 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. Mark Tomislav Osterman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
218 Wright Saunders Building; 51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Osterman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Osterman speaks Croatian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Osterman include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Osterman's medical residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Osterman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. Joshua I.S. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bleier include cancer surgery, perianal abscess, and colon polyps. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Bleier attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He 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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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, Fecal Incontinence, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary R Lichtenstein, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gary Lichtenstein is a physician who specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Lichtenstein honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center. 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. 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. James D Lewis, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Lewis is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He has a special interest in cancer, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Lewis studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lewis trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issues in 2010 and 2017; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014. Dr. Lewis's 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. Caroline Lesley Kerner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
230 West Washington Square; Farm Journal Building, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Caroline Kerner's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She obtained her medical school training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has indicated that her clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Kerner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with 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. Nicole Marie Saur, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Walnut Street; 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nicole Saur's medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Saur obtained her medical school training at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Saur include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

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

Dr. Jesse Green is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Philadelphia, PA. He attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Green's residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center. His 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 is conversant in 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. Robert M Strauss, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
218 Wright Saunders Building; 51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Robert Strauss' specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Strauss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Clinical interests for Dr. Strauss include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He attended National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Strauss is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Strauss has received the following distinction: 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rashid honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Sheffield Medical School and then she performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue. In addition to English, Dr. Rashid 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. Najjia N Mahmoud, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 4 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Najjia Mahmoud's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Mahmoud include cancer surgery, perianal abscess, and enterocele repair. She is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahmoud honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2010 through 2017; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Bewtra has a special interest in crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bewtra is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for her residency.

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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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. His medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, rectal cancer, and paget's disease. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Shanmugan accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shanmugan is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program.

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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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