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Ravy K. Vajravelu, MD, MSCE

Ravy K. Vajravelu, MD, MSCE Physician

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 2015

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
  • OPR Medicare
  • OPR New Jersey Medicaid
  • OPR Pennsylvania Medicaid
  • 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: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Memberships

American College of Gastroenterology, National American College of Physicians, National American Gastroenterological Association, National American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Vajravelu 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.

Research

Selected Publications:

Dalal Rahul S, Vajravelu Ravy K, Lewis James D, Lichtenstein Gary R: Hospitalization Outcomes for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Teaching vs Nonteaching Hospitals Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 25 (12): 1974-1982,2019.

Scott Frank I, Lou Michelle, Shah Yash, Lasch Karen, Vajravelu Ravy K, Mamtani Ronac, Fennimore Blair, Gerich Mark E, Lewis James D: Identification of the most cost effective position of vedolizumab among the available biologic drugs for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Journal of Crohns and Colitis In press : 2019.

Vajravelu Ravy K and Ginsberg Gregory G: Management of Gastric Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Getting to the GIST of it Gastrointestinal Endoscopy In press : 2019.

Vajravelu Ravy K, Copelovitch Larry, Osterman Mark T, Scott Frank I, Mamtani Ronac, Lewis James D, Denburg Michelle R: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Are Associated With Increased Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease, Which Decreases With Age. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Epub ahead of print : 2019.

Vajravelu Ravy K, Scott Frank I, Mamtani Ronac, Li Hongzhe, Moore Jason H, Lewis James D: Medication class enrichment analysis: a novel algorithm to analyze multiple pharmacologic exposures simultaneously using electronic health record data. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 25 (7): 780-789,2018.

Vajravelu Ravy K, Mamtani Ronac, Scott Frank I, Waxman Adam, Lewis James D: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Clinical Effects of Recurrent Diverticular Hemorrhage: A Large Cohort Study. Gastroenterology : 2018.

Papamichael Konstantinos, Vajravelu Ravy K, Vaughn Byron P, Osterman Mark T, Cheifetz Adam S: Proactive Infliximab Monitoring Following Reactive Testing is Associated With Better Clinical Outcomes Than Reactive Testing Alone in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Journal of Crohn's & colitis 12 (7): 804-810,2018.

Osterman Chelsea K, Alanzi Jaber, Lewis James D, Kaufman Elizabeth L, Narayan Vivek, Boursi Ben, Vajravelu Ravy K, Scott Frank I, Malkowicz S Bruce, Mamtani Ronac: Association Between Symptomatic Versus Asymptomatic Recurrence and Survival in Bladder Cancer. Clinical genitourinary cancer 16 (3): 235-239,2018.

Newberry Carolyn, Vajravelu Ravy K, Pickett-Blakely Octavia, Falk Gary, Yang Yu Xiao, Lynch Kristle L: Achalasia Patients Are at Nutritional Risk Regardless of Presenting Weight Category. Digestive diseases and sciences 63 (5): 1243-1249,2018.

Papamichael Konstantinos, Vajravelu Ravy K, Osterman Mark T, Cheifetz Adam S: Long-Term Outcome of Infliximab Optimization for Overcoming Immunogenicity in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Digestive diseases and sciences 63 (3): 761-767,2018.

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Academic Contact Info

3400 Civic Center Blvd
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine - 7 South

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)