Jonah Essers
Jonah Essers, M.D., M.P.H.

Jonah Essers, M.D., M.P.H.

Jonah Essers, M.D., M.P.H.
Specialty

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Accepting Children: Yes
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Insurance Accepted:

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Additional Information:

Clinical Areas of Expertise Include:

Abdominal Pain

Constipation

Encopresis

Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Celiac Disease

Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)

Hirschprung's Disease

Failure to thrive and malnutrition

Gastrostomy Tube Care

Crohns Disease

Ulcerative Colitis

Indeterminate Colitis

Pouchitis

Liver Diseases

Jaundice

Pancreatitis

Gall Stones

Peptic Ulcers and Duodenal Ulcers

Philosophy of Care

There is always time during the visit to make sure both parents and child understand the plan of care and have had their questions answered.

Personal Interests

Guitar, cooking, outdoor activities

Medical School

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Residency

George Washington University Children's National Medical Center

Fellowship(s)

Harvard University, Children's Hospital Boston

Board Certifications

Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology

Languages:

Hebrew

Professional Associations:

NASPGHAN, CCFA

Awards:

Resident Teaching Award, Children's National Medical Center, 2004

Additional Information:

Clinical Areas of Expertise Include:

Abdominal Pain

Constipation

Encopresis

Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Celiac Disease

Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)

Hirschprung's Disease

Failure to thrive and malnutrition

Gastrostomy Tube Care

Crohns Disease

Ulcerative Colitis

Indeterminate Colitis

Pouchitis

Liver Diseases

Jaundice

Pancreatitis

Gall Stones

Peptic Ulcers and Duodenal Ulcers

Child’s Belly Discomfort Caused By Allergies

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 happen in the bowel if we ingest food that we are allergic to.

Intestinal manifestations of food allergies

One of the more common sites of an allergic response to food is in the esophagus—the food pipe. When the esophagus gets inflamed, it can manifest in a few different ways: heartburn symptoms, chest pain, chronic dry cough, upper abdominal pain, frequent regurgitation, or food that is stuck the chest. The name of this is Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Food allergies lower in the bowels can cause diarrhea, blood in the stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia, and fatigue.

There are usually other red flags

One of the most important things to remember is ....

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