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Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD

Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD Surgeon

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Bleier is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Joshua I. Bleier

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2018

Recognized by Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue, 2015 - 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2009
  • Surgery, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Surgery
  • Anal Warts (Condyloma Acuminata)
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendectomy
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Colitis
  • Colon Biopsy
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Fistula
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Gastrointestinal Fistula
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Tumor
  • Hemorrhoid Banding
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Ileal J-Pouch Anal Anastomosis (IPAA) Surgery (J Pouch)
  • Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Paget's Disease
  • Parastomal Hernia Evaluation and Repair
  • Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Perianal Hidradenitis (Sweat Glands Disease)
  • Pilonidal Cyst Surgery
  • Proctoscopy
  • Rectal Biopsy
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Fistula
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectal Stenosis Strictures
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Sphincter Saving Surgery
  • Ulcerative Colitis (Colitis Ulcerosa, UC)
  • Ventral Hernia Repair

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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
  • Vetrans Choice Program (6/2018 Not Active)

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Minnesota Hospitals


Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Cancer Therapeutics Research Program, Local Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Cancer Therapeutics Research Program, Local American Association for Cancer Research, Associate Member, National American Association for Cancer Research, National American College of Surgeons, National American Medical Association, National American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, National Association for Surgical Education, National Pennsylvania Colorectal Society, Board Member-at-Large, Local Pennsylvania Colorectal Society, Local Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, Fellow, Local Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, Local Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, National Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bleier is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

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


Selected Publications:

Jeganathan AN, Shanmugan S, Bleier JI, Hall GM, Paulson EC.: Colorectal Specialization Increases Lymph Node Yield: Evidence from a National Database. Ann Surg Oncol. : 2016.

Hall GM, Shanmugan S, Bleier JI, Jeganathan An, Epstein AJ, Paulson EC.: Colorectal specialization and survival in colorectal cancer. Colorectal Dis. : 051-60,2016.

Bleier JI, Kann B, Steele SR.: Robotic Approaches to Colorectal Surgery: Chapter1: History of the Robotic Surgical System. Springer Publishing. : 2016.

Saur NS, Bleier JI.: Cameron’s Current Surgical Therapy, 12th Ed. Chapter on rectovaginal Fistula. Elsevier Publishing : 2016.

Bleier JI, Wilkins KB, Steele SR: Colonic Physiology The ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 3rd Ed. Chapter 2 : 2016.

Bleier JI, Paquette I, Wexner SD.: Fundamentals of Anorectal Surgery 3rd Ed. Chapter: Anal Physiology Testing. Springer Publishing (Press) : 2016.

Bleier JI, Wexner SD.: Principles and Practice of Surgery for the Colon, Rectum, and Anus 4th Ed. Chapter 15: Fecal Incontinence. Informa (Press) : 2016.

Thompson E, Bleier JI, Duncan J.: Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery: Transanal MIS. Laparoscopy, Endoscopy, and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Press : 2016.

Saur N, Bleier JI, Rivadeneira D.: Advanced Colonoscopy and Endoluminal Surgery: Chapter 21: How to avoid Complications / Treatment of endoscopic complications. Springer Publising (Press) : 2016.

Jeganathan A, Cannon J, Bleier JI.: Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery: Colorectal Injury. Anal and Perineal Injuries. Press : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Pennsylvania Hospital
700 Spruce Street, Suite 305

Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 829-2375
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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