Biography & Education

Biography
Originally from Washington D.C., Dr. Jonah Essers completed his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He then moved back to his hometown of Washington D.C. for his pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center, and went on to complete a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Essers also obtained a Master’s in Public Health at Harvard University during his in Boston. At Harvard, Dr. Essers began studying the genetic underpinnings for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Daly at the Broad Institute. He received the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Research Fellowship Award as a senior fellow. This funding that helped Dr. Essers secure a faculty position at Boston Children’s, and allowed him to focus his efforts on his research. Dr. Essers spent four years working on understanding how genes play a role in dictating clinical behaviors in IBD. Dr. Essers joined the staff at Swedish Medical Center in 2012, and currently practices pediatric gastroenterology at Swedish. He is proud to be a part of the IBD Center at Swedish and particularly enjoys the challenging but very successful IBD transition program where older children with IBD transition to adult GI doctors for the next phase of their life. In the Northwest, Dr. Essers is on the CCFA medical advisory committee. He is a regular speaker at CCFA sponsored events. He also loves volunteering at Camp Oasis.
Specialties
  • Pediatric gastroenterology
Education Background
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2003
Residency: George Washington University Childrens National Medical Center
Fellowship: Harvard University, Childrens Hospital Boston
Awards
Resident Teaching Award, Children's National Medical Center, 2004
Languages
  • English
  • Hebrew
Professional Associations
NASPGHAN, CCFA
Personal Interests
Guitar, cooking, outdoor activities

Care Locations

751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
5th Floor
Issaquah, WA 98029
Fax 425-313-7185
1101 Madison
First Hill Campus, Madison Tower, Suites 800
Seattle, WA 98104
Fax 206-215-2702
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Children
Accepting Medicare

Publications

Blog

Child's Belly Discomfort Caused By Allergies

May 25, 2013
This is one of the most common questions that I get asked in the office. Allergic diseases are certainly becoming more and more prevalent in the developed world. General pediatricians and specialists are on ‘high-alert’ for this when evaluating a child that may be sick. Within the realm of intestinal diseases, however, a true allergy is actually not very common. To understand this, we must first understand what ‘allergy’ means. An allergy is a biologic response from our body’s immune system. When our body senses a foreign invader, our army of immune cells attacks it. It does this by releasing chemicals into the blood stream and/or in to the organs where the threat may lie. Those chemicals are meant to destroy the invader, but often hurt our healthy organs as well. For example, airborn pollen may land in your eye, the immune system senses that pollen, releases those chemicals, and as a consequence we get itchy, puffy, watery eyes. The same thing can...

Specialties

Clinical Interests
  • Gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology Specialists