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Caroline Kerner, MD

Caroline Kerner, MD Physician

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kerner is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 2011

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
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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
  • Veterans Choice Program

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:

Leroy K, Farrell R, Kerner C: Polyethylene Glycol Allergy Implicated in Lubricant Intolerance Poster Presentation/American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting : 2017.

Farrell R, Leroy K, Kerner C: Acute Symptomatic Hyponatremia Associated With Polyethylene Glycol Bowel Preparation Poster Presentation/American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting : 2017.

Kerner Caroline: Commentary on Variations in Health Insurance Policies Regarding Biological Therapy Use in IBD and a Modified Delphi Process for the Development of Choosing Wisely for IBD. Inflammatory bowel diseases 23 (6): 866-867,2017.

Carr Rotonya M, Patel Arpan, Bownik Hillary, Oranu Amanke, Kerner Caroline, Praestgaard Amy, Forde Kimberly A, Reddy K Rajender, Lichtenstein Gary R: Intestinal Inflammation Does Not Predict Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Severity in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients. Digestive diseases and sciences 62 (5): 1354-1361,2017.

Buchner AM, Gene M, Kener C, Ginsberg GG, Lichtenstein GR: Chromoendoscopy-guided probe based confocal laser endomicroscopy: A novel approach for dysplasia evaluation in IBD surveillance Gastroenterology (Supplement) 150 (4): 627,2016.

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.

Academic Contact Info

Pennsylvania Hospital
230 West Washington Square
4th Floor

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