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Dr. Jonah Essers

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Seattle, WA
18 years experience male

Locations

Swedish Medical Center

Seattle, WA

Address

1101 Madison St, Seattle, WA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I am originally from the Washington DC area and moved to Seattle in 2012. I have a wife and a daughter. I have practiced pediatric gastroenterology since 2006. My clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, feeding and growth problems in children, tube feedings, and food allergies. My outside interests include cooking, guitar playing, concert going, and being outdoors. I am really excited to use mobile applications to help parents and children get well and maintain well being.

Specialties
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Pediatric Gastroenterology

Licenses

United States: Washington

Languages spoken

Hebrew

Doctor Q&A

229 Answers
278 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Kills most things: Hand sanitizers will kill most common germs. However it does not kill all things. If you have been in a hospital setting or have been around very sick... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Very common: Most of the world has lactose intolerance actually. While there is a gene that controls the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose, there is a l... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Takes time: It is actually rather common for UC patients to find out they actually have crohns. Maybe up to 10% have this problem. This takes time--maybe even yea... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
See your GI: You need to be seen by your gastroenterologist asap. There are several entities that could cause these findings. Pancreatitis is often a medication si... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Indirectly: Crohn's does not directly affect the muscles. However patients with active crohn's disease do not absorb nutrients in their intestine well. This can l... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Rare: It's actually rare to die directly from crohn's disease. The main cause of death that can be tied to crohn's would be cancer. Many decades of inflamma... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Need evaluation : Are you on Pentasa (mesalamine) for ulcerative colitis? If so there may be a connection with your ulcerative colitis and the elevated alt and alk phos... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Hard to treat: This often requires long courses of antibiotics (~30 days) and sometimes requires cycling through multiple antibiotics. For example, some patients wil... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Get stool tests: Mucous in the stool may be a sign of an infection. This may go away by itself or may need medication to kill the infection. Mucous may be a sign of ch... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Lactose/fructose: Depends on duration. If this is a chronic thing, i usually think about an intolerance to lactose (the sugar found in dairy) or fructose (the natural ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Yes: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition, and as such, can increase platelet production and fibrinogen. However, seeing these elevations... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
See a doctor: These symptoms really need to be checked out. There may be an abscess that needs medical attention. Often you can't see it from the outside but on a p... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Wouldn't switch: I wouldn't switch from breast milk because of gassy baby. Typically babies are gassy because they swallow a lot of air. This should improve when the b... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Probably no H pylori: That blood test cannot distinguish between past infection and current infection. A biopsy will show you current infection. If you have biopsies that s... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Inflammation: Bacterial or parasitic infection, chronic inflammation such as ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease, alleric inflammation. Consult your pcp. You may ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Not many: There's limit data on foods that definitely help/hurt crohn's. Avoid things that don't digest well (seeds, nuts, popcorn kernels) b/c these foods can ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Yes but complex: There are potentially hundreds of genes that all contribute small amounts the the susceptibility to ulcerative colitis. Additionally there are environ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
See your GI: If you only started getting joint symptoms upon starting Remicade (infliximab) then you need to let your doctor know. This could be an immune reaction... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Everyone differet: There is no straight forward answer to this question. It depends on (a) what virus you have (b) what food you are eating and (c) the vomiting center i... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Up to baby: Handling more complex textures like stage ii food is a skill set that takes time to learn. So follow baby's cues. If she seems like she wants more , g... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
No: If by "gluten rash" you mean eczema herpeticum--the classic rash seen with celiac disease-- then "no". The sun should not affect this.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Yes: Yes pinworms are passed through contact between two people. This can be avoided by proper hand washing however young children typically are a major re... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Yes!: Absolutely fine to eat anything that "agrees with you". No food restrictions with my patients with uc.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
See your GI doctor: If you have a diagnosis of crohn's disease and you have been experiencing an exacerbation in your symptoms you need to check in with your doctor. They... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Ruleout active crohn: Many patients with crohn's disease also suffer from ibs. No one really understands why this is. An ibs diagnosis is only made in my opinion if your ge... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
See pediatrician: I would see his pediatrician. This could be a virus that causes hand foot and mouth disease.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Probably not: It's a great question an one that often stumps gastroenterologists! chronic inactive gastritis is seen on many healthy peoples' egd. It's really non-s... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Rare: As stated already, it's actually rare to die directly from uc. The main cause of death that can be tied to uc would be cancer. Many decades of inflamm... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Yes: celiac disease causes inflammation in the bowel. This can lead you to not absorb nutrients effectively. This leads to weight loss and potentially loss... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Not really: If anything there is a slight female predominance with crohn's. But since this is slight, and if you have a lot of GI symptoms, you should get an eval... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Eosinophilic esoph.: Linear furrowing is a finding seen more commonly wit eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) than with Crohn's disease of the esophagus. You should wait for the... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Chronic appendicitis: Chronic appendicitis can cause symptoms for many days to weeks. Typically patients are quite sick and are seeking medical attention because of abdomin... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
High ALT=cell injury: Alt elevation often means that the liver has been injured. The list of conditions that cause alt elevation is very long. Some conditions are temporary... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Are you sure?: Partial resection of the colon on Crohn's disease can be tricky and also can lead to complications such as obstruction of the colon that is left over.... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Optimization: You need to work with your gastroenterologist to make sure that you optimize your medical therapy. You either need to increase the dosage of the medic... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Could be: Some crohns patients can get crohns related ulcers in their mouth. They tend to get them during a flare, not when everything is going well. However yo... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
No evidence: There is no evidence that starches are effective in Crohn's disease. If anything there is evidence that limiting carbohydrates can control the symptom... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Inflammation: Crohn's disease causes chronic inflammation of the bowel. If left untreated, this can cause you to malabsorb key nutrients, weight loss, diarrhea, blo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
No!: It is actually the only celiac manifestation that is 100% specific for celiac--meaning if you have dermatitis herpetiformis you have a 100% chance of ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Several: There are several other drugs beside remicade (infliximab). However the first question is whether he needs his Remicade (infliximab) dosing optimized.... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Relaxing?: You might be relaxing your pelvic floor muscles more which would facilitate urination.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Not likely: If the colonoscopy and biopsies all looked normal, you likely do not have ulcerative colitis.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Wide range: There is a wide range of "normal" weights for adolescents, because they are growing so fast. Their activity level, physical maturity level, and geneti... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Not much: There are very few well designed controlled trials that show a positive impact of herbs or natural remedies in Crohn's disease. We hope some will come... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many possible "First Presentations" of Crohn's disease. Abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, weight loss, anemia, iron deficiency, bowel obstruc... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Possibly: I have seen many patients with celiac disease that have inflammation in other parts of their upper GI tract (i.e. esophagus or stomach). The key would... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Motility: Usually the rumbling occurs when your intestines are trying to move things along. When the intestines aren't absorbing well (during a flare) you are p... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Medications: The best way to deal with the symptoms of UC (abdominal pain, diarrhea, poor appetite, bloody stools) is to take UC medications that decrease the inf... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Depends: If your doctor just wants to see if there is an ulcer there, then the transnasal is great. However often they will want to biopsy it. They cannot do t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Sure: In theory the answer is yes. Weight loss happens when energy expended (i.e. Calories burned) supersedes energy taken in (i.e. Calories eaten). With th... Read More

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Apr 19, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Essers is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Essers is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks turned out to be gerd ur answer was alot nicer then other docs!
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have, apparently my joint pain is not because of remicade so they sa
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Thanks for your quick reply! I've been doing all this...maybe need to double up some of my portions

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Graduated 2003MD

Residency

CHILDREN'S NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2006

Awards

Top Pediatric Gastroenterologist, First Place, National - Summer
2014
Hippocrates Award, First Place, National - Spring
2014
Top Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Third Place, the Nation - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Melodic Caring Project
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