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Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD

Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD Physician

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

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

Overall Ratings

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
  • 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).

Bleier JI, Paquette I, Wexner SD: Anal physiology testing Fundamentals of Anorectal Surgery 3rd Edition : 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 : 2018 (in press).

Shanmugan S, Bleier JI, Francone T: Anastomotic leak: The ideal bowel prep Seminars in Colon & Rectal Surgery : 2018 (in press).

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 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.

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

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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