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Caroline Kerner, MD

Caroline Kerner, MD Physician

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kerner is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 2011
  • Internal Medicine, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Ulcerative Colitis (Colitis Ulcerosa, UC)

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

Medical School: Wake Forest University
Residency: UCSF Medical Center and Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Gastroenterology, National American Gastroenterological Association, National Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kerner is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Bewtra Meenakshi, Fairchild Angelyn O, Gilroy Erin, Leiman David A, Kerner Caroline, Johnson F Reed, Lewis James D: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients' Willingness to Accept Medication Risk to Avoid Future Disease Relapse. The American journal of gastroenterology 110 (12): 1675-81,2015.

Patel U, Kerner, Lewis C, Agarwal A, Ford P: Outcomes in Bloodless Medicine Patients with Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting : 2014.

Kerner, C: Medical Therapy in the Preoperative and Postoperative Patient Medical Therapy of Ulcerative Colitis : 321-326,2014.

Kerner C, Osterman MT, Lewis JD: Safety Considerations in the Medical Therapy of Ulcerative Colitis Medical Therapy of Ulcerative Colitis : 297-311,2014.

Scott FI, Osterman MT, McConnell RA, Lorusso M, Aberra F, Kerner C, Lichtenstein GR, Lewis JD: Impact of JC virus antibody testing in patients with Crohn's disease with loss of response to infliximab: a Markov model Inflamm Bowel Dis 19 (12): 2625-2633,2013.

Kerner C, Carey K, Baillie C, Mills AM, Yang W, Hilton S, Synnestvedt MB, Weiner MG, Lewis JD: Clinical Predictors of Urgent Findings on Abdominopelvic CT in Emergency Department Patients with Crohn's Disease Inflamm Bowel Dis 19 (6): 1179-85,2013.

Kerner C, Lichtenstein GR: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Chapter Digestive Disease Self-Evaluation Program of the American Gastroenterological Association : 2013.

Mills AM, Holena DN, Kerner C, Zafar HM, Shofer FS, Baumann BM: Electronic Accountability Tools Reduce CT Overutilization in ED Patients with Abdominal Pain Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting : 2012.

Kerner Caroline, Carey Kathleen, Mills Angela M, Yang Wei, Synnestvedt Marie B, Hilton Susan, Weiner Mark G, Lewis James D: Use of Abdominopelvic Computed Tomography in Emergency Departments and Rates of Urgent Diagnoses in Crohn's Disease. Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association : 2011.

Kerner C, Marchioni RM, Brensinger CM, Blonski W, Lichtenstein GR: Birth outcomes in women with inflammatory bowel disease treated with thiopurines: a meta-analysis Gastroenterology/Oral Presentation at Digestive Disease Week, Chicago, IL 140 (5 Suppl. 1): S159-160,2011.

Academic Contact Info

Pennsylvania Hospital
230 West Washington Square
4th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-829-3561
Fax: 215-829-3020
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)