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Caroline Kerner, MD

Caroline Kerner, MD Physician

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kerner is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Gastroenterology

    Pennsylvania Hospital Farm Journal Building, 4th Floor 230 West Washington Square Philadelphia, PA 19106 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of Pennsylvania Hospital

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 a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • 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 Gastroenterology
230 West Washington Square, 4th Floor

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