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Immanuel K. Ho, MD

Immanuel K. Ho, MD Physician

Director of Interventional Endoscopy, Pennsylvania Hospital Clinical Professor of Medicine

Languages spoken:

  • Yue Chinese

Dr. Ho is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Immanuel K. Ho

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 - 2017

Recognized by Main Line Magazine's Pennsylvania's Top Doctors 2009 - 2014

Recognized iny Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2013 - 2016, 2018 and 2019

Trustee, Board of Trustees, American College of Gastroenterology, 2017 - present

Member, Board of Trustees, American College of Gastroenterology, 2012 - 2016

Chair, Board of Governors, American College of Gastroenterology, 2014 -2 016

Board of Governor’s Service Award, American College of Gastroenterology, 2011

Freshman Governor’s Award, American College of Gastroenterology, 2008

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 1995

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • C. Difficile (Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea)
  • Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue)
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Colitis
  • Colonoscopy
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Digestive Conditions
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophagus Tumors
  • Fatty Liver Diseases
  • Gallbladder Disorders
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gastroscopy
  • H. Pylori Infection
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Liver Diseases
  • Motility Disorders
  • Pancreatic Cyst
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease (Stomach Ulcers)
  • Rectal Disorders
  • Short Bowel Syndrome (Short Gut Syndrome)
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Stomach Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Upper GI Endoscopy
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
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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)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • 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: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center


American College of Gastroenterology, National American Gastroenterological Association, National American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, National Delaware Valley Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ho is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

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


Selected Publications:

Mahmud N, Elhanafi S, Kochman ML, Ginsberg G; Vergara N, Panganamamula K, Ho I, Ahmad N, Rajala M, Chandrasekhara V: Endoscopic Ultrasound Tissue Acquisition for Genomic Analysis of Pancreatic Cancer Using Liquid Next-Generation Sequencing American Journal of Gastroenterology 113 (pS13): 2018.

Thiruvengadam NR, Forde KA, Ma GK, Ahmad N, Chandrasekhara V, Ginsberg GG, Ho IK, Jaffe D, Panganamamula KV, Kochman ML: Rectal Indomethacin Reduces Pancreatitis in High- and Low-Risk Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography Gastroenterology 151 (2): 288-297,2016.

Singh A, Zaeri N, Ho IK: Onset of Celiac Disease after Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C with Interferon Based Triple Therapy Case Reports Hepatol : 2015.

Ho IKH, Cash BD, Cohen H, Hanauer SB, Inkster M, Johnson DA, Maher MM, Rex DK, Saad A, Singh A, Rehani MM, Quigley EM: Radiation exposure in gastroenterology: improving patient and staff protection Am J. Gastroenterology 109 (8): 1180-94,2014.

Kane S, Leighton J, Kefalas C, Cohen L, Katz P, Rizk M, Pike I, Lashner B, Ho I, Pochapin M, Seabrook M, Greenwald D, Demarco D, Johnson D: Quality commitment: The newly established American College of Gastroenterology Quality Council to meet the needs of clinical gastroenterology Am J. Gastroenterology 108 (1): 7-9,2013.

Donthu S, Chirla S, Anjelly D, Clark R, Kashef K, Danilewitz T, Ho I, Ahmad A, Reynolds J: Poor Bowel Prepation in Colonoscopy Is a Costly Problem: Prospective Randomized Study of Urban Inpatient Population Am J. of Gastroenterology 103(s1) : 2008.

Patel N, Ho I: Hepatic Adenomatosis in an African-American Am J. of Gastroenterology 103(s1) : 2008.

Ho, IK: “Heartburn” Encyclopedia of Elder Care : 2006.

Ho, IK: Laparoscopic Surgery American College of Gastroenterology website ( : 2006.

Fehring A, Schmulewitz N, Katz PO, Ho IK: Intrasphincteric botulinum toxin improves dysphagia in suspected pseudoachalasia Am J. of Gastroenterology 99(10) (S150): 2004.

Academic Contact Info

Pennsylvania Hospital
Division of Gastroenterology
230 West Washington Square
4th Floor

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