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Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD

Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD Physician

Chair, CEQI Committee, Pennsylvania Hospital Program Director, Colorectal Fellowship Section Chief, Colorectal Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Bleier is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Joshua I. Bleier

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2019

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2019

Recognized by Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue, 2015 - 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2009
  • Surgery, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominoperineal Resection
  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Cerclage
  • Anal Dilation
  • Anal Dysplasia
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fissure Fistulectomy
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Fistula Repair
  • Anal Incontinence Surgery
  • Anal Pain
  • Anal Polyp
  • Anal Sphincterotomy
  • Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Anorectal Myectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendiceal Carcinoid
  • Benign Carcinoid Tumor of Rectum
  • Benign Carcinoid Tumor of Small Bowel
  • Benign Neoplasm of Colon
  • Bowel Perforations
  • Colectomy
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Colon Resection
  • Colon Tumors
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Conditions
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Colostomy
  • Colovesical Fistula
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Delorme Procedure
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • Enterovesical Fistula
  • Excision of External Hemorrhoidal Tags and Papillae
  • Familial Polyposis
  • Fissurectomy
  • Gracilis Muscle Transplant for Anal Incontinence
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Hemorrhoidopexy Stapling
  • Hereditary Colon Cancer
  • Hereditary Polyposis
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa Anal
  • Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis Surgery
  • Ileitis
  • Ileo-Colonic Fistula
  • Ileostomy
  • Incision of Anal Septum
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Anterior Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Prolapse Repair
  • Laparoscopic Treatment of Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Low Anterior Resection
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor of the Rectum
  • Ostomy Care
  • Ostomy Removal
  • Paget's Disease of the Perianal Skin
  • Parastomal Hernia
  • Partial Colectomy
  • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Peridiverticular Abscess
  • Perineal Hernia
  • Perineal Hernia Repair
  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Pouchitis
  • Proctectomy
  • Proctitis
  • Proctocolectomy
  • Proctoplasty for Stenosis
  • Proctoscopy
  • Prolapse Colostomy
  • Pseudopolyposis of the Colon
  • Radiation Proctitis
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Hemorrhage
  • Rectal Mass
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Refashioning of Colostomy
  • Removal of Anal Seton Marker
  • Repair Anorectal Fistula Plug
  • Repair of Paracolostomy Hernia
  • Repair of Rectal Prolapse
  • Repair of Rectourethral Fistula
  • Revision of Colostomy
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation for Incontinence
  • Seton Placement
  • Severe Dysplasia of the Rectum
  • Sigmoidectomy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Sigmoid-Vesical Fistula
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Sphincteroplasty
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Stapled Transanal Rectal Resection
  • Stoma Complications
  • Stoma Reversal
  • Subtotal Colectomy
  • Surgical Treatment of Crohn's Disease
  • Surgical Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery
  • Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization Doppler Ligation
  • Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Transrectal Drainage of Pelvic Abscess
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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 Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Minnesota Hospitals


American Association for Cancer Research, National American Board of Colorectal Surgery-Associate Examiner, National American College of Surgeons, National American Medical Association, National American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, National Association for Surgical Education, National Association of Program Directors in Colon and Rectal Surgery, 4+2, National Pennsylvania Colorectal Society, Board Member, 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:

Bleier JI, Wexner SD: Fecal incontinence Principles and Practice of Surgery for the Colon, Rectum, and Anus 4th Edition : 2019 (in press).

Shanmugan S, Bleier JI, Francone T: Anastomotic leak: The ideal bowel prep Seminars in Colon & Rectal Surgery : 2019 (in press).

Bleier JI, Kann B, Steele SR: Minimally invasive approaches to colon and rectal disease Technique and Best Practices: Laparoscopy in the Elderly : 2019 (in press).

Bleier JI, Paquette I: Anorectal physiology testing Fundamentals of Anorectal Surgery 3rd Edition : 41-62,2019.

Jeganathan AN, Cannon JW, Bleier JIS: Anal and perineal injuries Clinics in Colon & Rectal Surgery 31 (1): 24-29,2018.

Shanmugan S, Bleier JI, Sylla P: Current common dilemmas in colorectal surgery Rectal Prolapse in the Healthy Patient: Is Perineal Approach Ever Indicated? : 163-169,2018.

Thompson EV, Bleier JI: Transanal minimally invasive surgery Clinics in Colon & Rectal Surgery 30 (2): 112-119,2017.

Saur NS, Bleier JI: The management of rectovaginal fistula Cameron’s Current Surgical Therapy, 12th Edition : 303-309,2017.

Saur N, Bleier JI, Rivadeneira D.: How to avoid complications / Treatment of endoscopic complications Advanced Colonoscopy and Endoluminal Surgery : 197-205,2017.

Saur N, Bleier JI: An evidence based approach: IBD: Management of a painful anal fissure and skin tags in patients with Crohn’s Disease Difficult Decisions in Colorectal Surgery : 29-34,2017.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery
Penn Medicine Washington Square
800 Walnut Street, 20th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 829-2085
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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