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Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD

Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD Surgeon

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Bleier is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Joshua I. Bleier

Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors 2015

Clinical Specialties


  • Surgery
    • Colon & Rectal Surgery

Programs & Services:

  • Cancer
    • Anal Cancer
    • Colon Cancer
    • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
    • Rectal Cancer
    • Small Intestine Cancer
    • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Board Certification:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2009
  • Surgery, 2007

Conditions & Treatments:

  • Anal Abscess
  • anal anastomosis - J pouch
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fistula
  • anal surgery
  • Anal Warts
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • appendectomy
  • appendectomy - laparoscopic
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Cancer Surgery
  • colectomy
  • Colitis
  • colon biopsy
  • Colon Cancer
  • colon cancer - laparoscopy
  • Colon Fistula
  • colon polyps
  • colon polyps - laparoscopy
  • colon surgery
  • colon surgery - laparoscopic
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • colostomy - laparoscopic
  • condyloma
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Crohn's disease - laparoscopy
  • cutaneous fistula
  • Diverticulitis
  • diverticulitis - laparoscopy
  • endorectal ultrasound

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Minnesota Hospitals


Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Cancer Therapeutics Research Program, Associate Member, Local American Association for Cancer Research, Associate Member, National American Association for Cancer Research, National American College of Surgeons, National American Medical Association, National American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, National Association for Surgical Education, National Pennsylvania Colorectal Society, Board Member-at-Large, Local Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, Fellow, Local Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, National Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, National


Dr. Bleier is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Bleier JI, Kann B, Steele SR.: Laparoscopy in the elderly. Minimally Invasive Approaches to Colon and Rectal Disease: Technique and Best Practices. : 2014 (In press).

Bleier JI, Fry RD.: Considerations in the elderly. Complexities in Colon & Rectal Surgery: Decision-Making and Management. : 2014 (In press).

Steele SR, Bleier J, Champagne B, Hassan I, Russ A, Senagore AJ, Sylla P, Pigazzi A.: Improving Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness of Colorectal Surgery. J Gastrointest Surg. : 2014.

Hatch Q, Champagne B, Maykel J, Davis B, Johnson E, Bleier J, Francone T, Steele S.: Crohn’s disease and pregnancy: The impact of perianal disease on delivery methods and complications. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 57 (2): 174-178,2014.

Aarons C, Bleier J.: Management of Malignant Colon Polyps: Current status and controversies. World J Gastroenterol 20 (43): 16178-1683,2014.

Hatch Q, Champagne BJ, Maykel JA, Davis BR, Johnson EK, Bleier JI, Francone TD, Steele SR.: The impact of pregnancy on surgical Crohn disease: an analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. J Surg Res. 190 (1): 41-6,2014.

Bleier JI, Moloo H.: Perirectal abscess and fistula in ano. Netter’s Surgical Anatomy and Approaches. : 327-338,2014.

Bleier JI, Kann BR.: Surgical management of fecal incontinence. [Review] Gastroenterology Clinics of North America 42 (4): 815-836,2013.

Lewis R, Bleier JI, Kann B.: Surgical treatment of anorectal Crohn’s disease. [Review] Clinics in Colon & Rectal Surgery 26 (2): 90-99,2013.

Lewis Robert T, Bleier Joshua I S: Surgical treatment of anorectal crohn disease. Clinics in colon and rectal surgery 26 (2): 90-9,2013.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Pennsylvania Hospital
700 Spruce Street, Suite 305

Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 829-2375
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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