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Jonah B. Essers, M.D., MPH

About

Professional Statement

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.

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Education

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
medical school, 2003
George Washington University Childrens National Medical Center
residency
Harvard University, Childrens Hospital Boston
fellowship

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Gastroenterology
American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics

Age Groups Seen

  • Pediatrics
  • Adolescents

Clinical Interests

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Amylase
  • Achalasia
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Allergic Colitis
  • Allergic Esophagitis
  • Allergic Gastroenteritis
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Pain
  • Anal Polyp
  • Anal Spasm
  • Anal Stenosis
  • Anal Ulcer
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Anorexia
  • Autoimmune Enteropathy
  • Barretts Esophagus
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Biologic Therapy For Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Bleeding Hemorrhoids
  • Blood In Stool
  • Celiac Disease
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Choking Sensation
  • Cholangitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cholestasis
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Clostridium Difficile
  • Colic
  • Colitis
  • Colonic Polyps
  • Congenital Cystic Of Liver
  • Congenital Pyloric Stenosis
  • Constipation
  • Crigler Najjar Syndrome
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Cystic Fibrosis - Gi Complications
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysphagia
  • Elevated Amylase
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Eructation
  • Esophageal Disorder
  • Esophageal Mass
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Fatty Liver
  • Fecal Impaction
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Feeding Problems
  • Flatulence
  • Food Intolerances
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallbladder Polyp
  • Gastric Anomaly
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease In Infancy
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastroparesis
  • Giardiasis
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Glycogen Storage Disease
  • Graft Versus Host Disease
  • Growth Failure
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Helminthiasis
  • Hematochezia
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hemorrhoids With Complications
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hirschsprungs Disease
  • Hydrops Of Gallbladder
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Idiopathic Megacolon
  • Ileitis
  • Ileoscopy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Atresia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intractable Vomiting
  • Intussusception
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Jaundice
  • Kwashiorkor
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver Disease
  • Malabsorption
  • Malnutrition
  • Manometry
  • Marasmus
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Megacolon
  • Megarectum
  • Metabolic Liver Disease
  • Obstipation
  • Odynophagia
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Peritonitis
  • Polyposis Syndrome
  • Polyps
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy
  • Portal Pyemia
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Proctosigmoidoscopy
  • 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
  • Tenesmus
  • Tyrosinemia
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Vomiting
  • Whipple Disease
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Personal Interests

Guitar, cooking, outdoor activities
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Professional Associations

NASPGHAN, CCFA
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Languages

  • English
  • Hebrew

Practice Locations

Jonah B. Essers practices at three locations

Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care - First Hill
1101 Madison Street
Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104
Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care - Issaquah
751 Northeast Blakely Drive
Suite 5010
Issaquah, WA 98029
Providence Medical Group Alaska Pediatric Gastroenterology
3340 Providence Drive
Suite A567
Anchorage, AK 99508
Affiliated Facilities
  • Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Swedish First Hill
  • Swedish Issaquah
Medical Groups
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