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Therese Bittermann, MD, MSCE

Therese Bittermann, MD, MSCE Physician

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

Dr. Bittermann is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 2017
  • Internal Medicine, 2013

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: Drexel University Center City Hahnemann Campus
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Memberships

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, National American Gastroenterological Association, National American Society of Transplantation, National International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bittermann 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.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

I study the relationship between immunosuppression strategy and outcomes after liver transplantation. I have previous expertise in research related to organ allocation, the effects of transplant policymaking and center variability in patient care. I have an advanced degree in clinical epidemiology, and have expertise with observational study designs, large databases and statistics.

Selected Publications:

Bittermann T, Goldberg DS: Quantifying the effect of transplanting older donor livers into younger recipients: the need for donor-recipient age matching. Transplantation 102(12) : 2033-7,2018.

Bittermann T: Physical activity after solid organ transplantation: comprehensive guidance is needed to advance future research efforts Transplantation : 2018.

Lee GS, Anesi JA, Besharatian BD, Bittermann T, Hamel S, Goldberg, DS: Con: Use of Hepatitis C Virus–Positive Donors Should Be Restricted to Research Protocols Clinical Liver Disease 12(4) : 105-8,2018.

Doshi SD, Wood L, Abt PL, Olthoff KM, Shaked A, Goldberg DS, Bittermann T: Outcomes of living donor liver transplantation using grafts heterozygous for alpha-1 antitrypsin gene mutations Transplantation : 2018.

Bittermann T, Prenner SB, Abt PL, Goldberg DS: Outcomes of liver transplantation for hepatic epithelioid hemangioendothelioma in the US (2002-2015) American Transplant Congress (ASTS & AST); Seattle, WA : 2018.

Bittermann T, Wood L, Abt PL, Shaked A, Olthoff KM, Goldberg DS: Living liver donation is safe in donors heterozygous for an alpha-1 antitrypsin gene mutation American Transplant Congress (ASTS & AST); Seattle, WA : 2018.

Serper M, Bittermann T*, Rossi M, Goldberg DS, Thomasson AM, Olthoff KM, Shaked A: Functional status, healthcare utilization, and the costs of liver transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation 18 (5): 1187-96,2018.

Bittermann T, Hubbard RA, Serper M, Lewis JD, Hohmann SF, VanWagner LB, Goldberg DS: Healthcare utilization after liver transplantation is highly variable among both centers and recipients. American Journal of Transplantation 18 (5): 1197-1205,2018.

Nazarian SM, Peng AW, Duggirala B, Gupta M, Bittermann T, Amaral S, Levine MH: The kidney allocation system does not appropriately stratify risk of pediatric donor kidneys: Implications for pediatric recipients. American Journal of Transplantation 18 (3): 574-9,2018.

Bittermann T, Weinberg E: Complete Response of Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma After Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy for Hepatitis C Virus. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol : 2018.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Transplant Institute
2 Dulles
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-8222
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)