Jonah B. Essers, MD, MPH
Seattle, WA 98104
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About Jonah B. Essers
Dr. Jonah Essers most recently received the 2022 Pediatric Gastroenterology Top Doc designation and has received the Seattle Top Doc award for multiple consecutive years. 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 home town for his pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center. He went on to complete a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Essers also obtained a Master’s in Public Health degree at Harvard University during his in Boston. At Harvard, Dr. Essers began studying the genetic underpinnings for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) 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 an adult gastroenterologist for the next phase of their life. In the Northwest, Dr. Essers is a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Medical Advisory Committee. He is a regular speaker at Foundation-sponsored events. He also loves volunteering at Camp Oasis, a summer camp for children with IBD. Dr. Essers was named a Seattle ‘Top Doctor’ for the last three years by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.
Harvard University, Childrens Hospital BostonResidency
George Washington University Childrens National Medical CenterMedical School
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology
- American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics
1101 Madison Street, Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104
751 Northeast Blakely Drive, Suite 5010
Issaquah, WA 98029
Swedish First Hill
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We have been seeing Dr. Essers for 4 years and adore him. He's fantastic and truly cares about his patients. He stays up to date on the latest and explains all information really well.
Dr. Essers was so professional, caring and listened to our questions and concerns very carefully and gave us the complete plan for my son's problem.Will highly recommend.
Dr. Essers is the kind of doctor who can deliver a negative prognosis but still magically make you feel relieved and in control. His patients are lucky to have him by their side. His support staff was great too.
Dr Essers had read my son's medical record, listened to the concerns, and gave a clear plan of how to proceed moving forward to address my son's issue. He was very good with my 14 yo and explained things in a clear but non threatening or intimidating way. He was very relatable and had great bedside manner. The care was exceptional.
Very sweet, professional, listened to me (parent of child) and reaffirmed it with seeing him in person and compared his records without question and amazing doctor.
We had a great chat and have a good plan in place moving forward.
Very thorough & didn't make us feel rushed.
As soon as the provider entered the room, they made us feel as if we were wasting his time and the comments felt condescending. Beside mannerisms made an already anxious kid, more anxious and nervous.
Pleasant experience from scheduling through the actual appointment, professional and friendly. Scheduler, front desk, nurse, assistant, and doctor were wonderful. Dr. Essers was respectful and excellent at providing education in a way that was easy to understand. He listened well and took the time to answer questions thoroughly. My daughter and I both left feeling reassured, informed, and with a plan for the future. Thank you!I have already recommended this clinic and doctor to others.
Dr. Esser is always so amazing. We are In Spokane and I always feel so heard and cared for by him about our daughter.
The doctor and staff are great however it took almost 4 months to get in to see doctor
Dr. Essers was really amazing. He was knowledgeable about my daughter's history, asked her good questions, and explained to her in age-appropriate terms how to manage her condition. He was really, really fantastic and I am grateful we were able to see him.
Dr. Essers has been great. However, it has been very difficult to schedule follow up endoscopy. I have left several messages over the last week to reschedule the initial appointment offered and I have not received a call back.
Dr Easers' was the most amazing Dr I have seen in many years. His treatment and best side manner were phenomenal. He explained my daughters condition thoroughly and in such a way that she felt respected, listened to and empowered to put in place the suggestions he made. This was a wonderful experience and I will recommend him to everyone. I have already shared his advice with others so they can benefit from his wisdom.
Dr. Essers has been the specialist caring for my children for the past 3 years, and has been a blessing to my family. Is extremely professional, very caring with the children, totally invested in their medical problems and in finding a real and successful solution. I have dealt with many different physicians for my children for the past 10 years, but I never came across a physician that goes above and beyond like Dr. Essers does. Thank you, Dr. Essers, for all your dedication.
Dr. Essers has been the specialist caring for my children for the past 3 years, and has been a blessing to my family. He is extremely professional, very caring with the children, totally invested in their medical problems and in finding a real and successful solution. I have dealt with many different physicians for my children for the past 10 years, but I never came across a physician that goes above and beyond like Dr. Essers does. Thank you, Dr. Essers, for all your dedication.
Dr Essers was so great at listening to my concerns regarding my child's condition . He didn't rush the visit and was so thorough and detailed about his plan and treatment for my child .
We have always had good experiences with Dr. Essers and are thankful for his input and health in our children's lives.
Dr Essers has been my child's GI specialist for 5 years and we are so grateful for his expertise, patience, and commitment to the children he serves. We travel out of the area to see him and it's been lifechanging for our child.
Dr Essers is an amazing and knowledgeable physician. He is kind and compassionate and has great bedside manner. My son is so lucky to have him as his pediatric gastroenterologist now!! Thank you!!
Dr. Essers is kind & intelligent. I appreciate that he values insight from parents and is easy to talk with.
Dr. Essers was wonderful. The nurse was unusually rude and abrupt when communicating about medications, etc.
We are very blessed to have found Dr. Essers. His expertise has helped to make our son's condition better and we are continuing to work on getting his EOE under control.
Dr Essers is fantastic! It's sometimes easier for a specialist to push a case back to other doctors when (s)he doesn't believe the symptoms fit his/her area of expertise, but Dr Essers has gone above and beyond to hang in there with us while we work to solve this health mystery.
Dr. Essers listened intently, explained medical terms in layman's terms and was very caring. He eased our fears with his medical knowledge and care for our son. We are grateful for his help.
We never feel rushed during our visits with Dr. Essers. He always takes the time to give us all of the options available and provides literature-based evidence of which pathways are likely to yield positive results. We could not be happier to have our son in this physicians care. Thank you to the entire pediatric care team at Swedish!
Dr. Essers and his team I've been great to work with over thevyears. Professional, knowledgeable and personable.
Meeting Dr.Essers and the rest of the team restored my hope for medical providers in America. He was an expert in every way - care, concern, insight, humor, expertise and advice,
Dr. Essers is the best. So knowledgeable, kind, and really listens. Only complaint is that it's hard to get an appointment, even for my daughter's more urgent/emerging issues.
He was wonderful and gave us options we have never heard of that other doctors never offered
I feel that it's very common now days to have health concerns brushed off by providers and you can feel very unheard. The doctor looked at my child and her records as an individual case and addressed my concerns and we talked about follow care. We were not cared for as if every case he sees is the same and I was so impressed by this. It was really nice to feel like the doctor cared and understood her medical history. I wish there where more doctors like him.
Excellent care and thoughtfulness. We trust Dr Essers to help navigate complex medical situations and love that he considers each child individually while looking for the best solutions.
- Abdominal Pain
- Abnormal Amylase Blood Test
- Acute Pancreatitis
- Allergic Colitis
- Allergic Esophagitis
- Allergic Gastroenteritis
- Anal Fissure
- Anal Fistula
- Anal Pain
- Anal Polyp
- Anal Spasm
- Anal Stenosis
- Anal Ulcer
- Anorectal Disease
- Autoimmune Enteropathy
- Barrett's Esophagus
- Biliary Atresia
- Biologic Therapy For Gastrointestinal (Gi) Diseases
- Bleeding Hemorrhoids
- Blood In Stool
- Celiac Disease
- Childhood Obesity
- Choking Sensation
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Chronic Pancreatitis
- Clostridium Difficile
- Colonic Polyps
- Congenital Cystic Liver
- Congenital Pyloric Stenosis
- Crigler Najjar Syndrome
- Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
- Cystic Fibrosis Related Gastro Intestinal Complications
- Diverticular Disease
- Duodenal Ulcer
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Esophageal Disorder
- Esophageal Mass
- Esophageal Ulcer
- Esophageal Varices
- Fatty Liver
- Fecal Impaction
- Fecal Incontinence
- Feeding Problems
- Food Intolerances
- Gallbladder Disease
- Gallbladder Polyp
- Gastric Anomaly
- Gastric Ulcer
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease In Infancy
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding
- Gluten Sensitivity
- Glycogen Storage Disease
- Graft Versus Host Disease
- Growth Failure
- Helicobacter Pylori
- Hemorrhoids With Complications
- Hiatal Hernia
- Hirschsprung's Disease
- Hydrops Of Gallbladder
- Idiopathic Megacolon
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Intestinal Atresia
- Intestinal Obstruction
- Intractable Vomiting
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lactose Intolerance
- Liver Biopsy
- Liver Disease
- Meckel Diverticulum
- Pancreatic Insufficiency
- Peptic Ulcer
- Polyposis Syndrome
- Portal Hypertension
- Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy
- Portal Pyemia
- Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Fistula
- Rectal Hemorrhage
- Rectal Pain
- Rectal Polyp
- Regional Enteritis
- Right Lower Quadrant Pain
- Right Upper Quadrant Pain
- Short Bowel Syndrome
- Small Bowel Disease
- Stomach Cramps
- Stomach Pain
- Swallowing Problem
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Virtual Care
- Whipple's Disease
- Wilson's Disease