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Meenakshi Bewtra, MD, MPH

Meenakshi Bewtra, MD, MPH Physician

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Dr. Bewtra is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 2010

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Liver Function
  • Abnormal Stool
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Altered Bowel Habits
  • Anal Pain
  • Anal Spasm
  • Annular Pancreas
  • Anorexia
  • Autoimmune Enteropathy
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of Colon
  • Blood in Stool
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Bowel Dysmotility
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • Bright Red Blood in Rectum
  • C. Difficile (Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea)
  • Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue)
  • Cholangitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cholestasis
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Colitis
  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Colonic Inertia
  • Colonic Polyps
  • Colonoscopy
  • Constipation
  • Crigler Najjar Syndrome
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Digestive Conditions
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Diverticulitis (Colonic Diverticulitis)
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dyspepsia
  • Early Satiety
  • Eosinophilic Colitis
  • Eosinophilic Enteritis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
  • Eosinophilic Gastritis
  • Epigastric Pain
  • Eructation
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Esophageal Spasm
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophageal Thickening
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophagus Tumors
  • Fatty Liver Diseases
  • Fecal Impaction
  • Feeding Tube Management
  • Flatulence
  • Focal Nodular Hyperplasia
  • Gallbladder Disorders
  • Gallbladder Polyp
  • Gastric Anomaly
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Amyloid
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer Screening
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gastroscopy
  • Giardiasis
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • H. Pylori Infection
  • Hematemesis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Ileitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction
  • Intractable Vomiting
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Jaundice
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Liver Diseases
  • Liver Mass
  • Lymphocytic Colitis
  • Malabsorption
  • Melena
  • Microscopic Colitis
  • Motility Disorders
  • Nausea
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Obstipation
  • Obstructive Jaundice
  • Odynophagia
  • Pancreas Divisum
  • Pancreatic Cyst
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Pancreatic Pseudocyst
  • Pancreaticobiliary Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease (Stomach Ulcers)
  • Peritonitis
  • Pernicious Anemia
  • Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome
  • Polyposis Syndrome
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy
  • Postprandial Diarrhea
  • Proctitis
  • Proctosigmoidoscopy
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Disorders
  • Short Bowel Syndrome (Short Gut Syndrome)
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Small Bowel Disease
  • Steatorrhea
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Stomach Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Toxic Liver Injury
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Upper GI Endoscopy
  • Vomiting
  • Whipple's Disease
  • Wilson's Disease
  • 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 Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Gastroenterology, National American Gastroenterological Association, National American Gastroenterology Association Institute Council: Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, National Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, National Crohn's and Colitis Foundation National Scientific Advisory Committee, National Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, National Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, National Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, National Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Women in IBD Task Force, National International Academy of Health Preference Research, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bewtra 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.


Selected Publications:

Scott Frank I, Johnson F Reed, Bewtra Meenakshi, Brensinger Colleen M, Roy Jason A, Reed Shelby D, Osterman Mark T, Mamtani Ronac, Chen Lang, Yun Huifeng, Xie Fenlong, Curtis Jeffrey R, Lewis James D: Improved Quality of Life With Anti-TNF Therapy Compared With Continued Corticosteroid Utilization in Crohn's Disease. Inflammatory bowel diseases : 2018.

Aaron Cohen, MD, MSCE; Juan Marcos Gonzalez, PHD; Ronac Mamtani, MD, MSCE; Meena Bewtra, MD, PHD, MPH: Patients’ and Caretakers’ Treatment Preferences in the End-of-Life Setting The 9th Meeting of the International Academy of Health Preference Research : 2018.

Konnikova L, Boschetti G, Rahman A, Mitsialis V, Lord J, Richmond C, Tomov VT, Gordon W, Jelinsky S, Canavan J, Liss A, Wall S, Field M, Zhou F, Goldsmith JD, Bewtra M, Breault DT, Merad M, Snapper SB: High-dimensional immune phenotyping and transcriptional analyses reveal robust recovery of viable human immune and epithelial cells from frozen gastrointestinal tissue Mucosal Immunol : 2018.

Brandon Chu, Frank I. Scott, Meenakshi Bewtra: Optimal Positioning of Colectomy in the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis: A Markov Model Gastroenterology 154 (6): s-798,2018.

Lillian Chau, Sarah A. Smith, Sayaka A. Ogawa, Kelly A. Whelan, Kathryn E. Hamilton, Jie Chen, Sue A. Keilbaugh, Franz Fogt, Meenakshi Bewtra, Barry Slaff, Aalim Weljie, Michael J. Bennett, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Gary D. Wu: Inflammation-Induced Alterations in Colonic Epithelial Mitochondria Function Revealed by Fatty Acid Oxidation Gastroenterology 154 (6): S-170,2018.

Liza Konnikova, Gilles Boschetti, Adeeb Rahman, James D. Lord, Camilla Richmond, Vesselin Tomov, William Gordon, James B. Canavan, Sarah Wall, Michael Field, Fanny Zhou, Meenakshi Bewtra, Jeffrey D. Goldsmith, David Breault, Miriam Merad, Scott B. Snapper: High Dimensional Immune Phenotyping and Transcriptional Analysis Reveal Robust Recovery of Viable Human Immune and Epithelial Cells from Frozen Gastrointestinal Tissue Gastroenterology 154 (6): S-1041-S-1042,2018.

Lewis James D, Scott Frank I, Brensinger Colleen M, Roy Jason A, Osterman Mark T, Mamtani Ronac, Bewtra Meenakshi, Chen Lang, Yun Huifeng, Xie Fenglong, Curtis Jeffrey R: Increased Mortality Rates With Prolonged Corticosteroid Therapy When Compared With Antitumor Necrosis Factor-α-Directed Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The American journal of gastroenterology 113 (3): 405-417,2018.

Vesselin Tomov, Olesya Palko, Chi W. Lau, Meenakshi Bewtra, E. John Wherry: Human Norovirus-Specific T Cell Responses Gastroenterology 152 (5): s1001,2017.

Frank I. Scott, F. Reed Johnson, Meenakshi Bewtra, Colleen M. Brensinger, Jason A. Roy, Shelby Reed, Mark T. Osterman, Ronac Mamtani, Lang Chen, Huifeng Yun, Fenglong Xie, Jeffrey R. Curtis, James D.Lewis: Improved Quality of Life with Anti-TNF Therapy Compared to Continued Corticosteroid Utilization in Crohn’s Disease Gastroenterology 152 (5): S585-S586,2017.

Angelyn Fairchild, Tatyana Kushner, F. Reed Johnson, Bruce E. Sands, Uma Mahadevan, Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, Christina Y. Ha, Meenakshi Bewtra: Women's Preferences for IBD Medical Therapy during Pregnancy Gastroenterology 152 (5): S84-S85,2017.

Academic Contact Info

423 Guardian Drive
724 Blockley Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 746-4922
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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