Dr. Jonah Essers, MD

Dr. Jonah Essers, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology  |  
Male  |  
Age 41
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Dr. Jonah Essers, MD is a pediatric gastroenterology doctor who practices in Seattle, WA. He is 41 years old and has been practicing for 14 years. Read his story

1101 Madison St Ste 800

Seattle, WA 98104

Contact Information

(206) 215-2700

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
  • 3 More

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Gastroenterology Procedures
more than 3% of peers
Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
more than 1% of peers

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Dr. Essers' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Essers "Originally from Washington D.C., Dr. Jonah Essers completed his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He then moved back to his hometown of Washington D.C. for his pediatric residency at Children's National Medical Center, and went on to complete a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Essers also obtained a Master's in Public Health at Harvard University during his in Boston. At Harvard, Dr. Essers began studying the genetic underpinnings for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Daly at the Broad Institute. He received the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Research Fellowship Award as a senior fellow. This funding that helped Dr. Essers secure a faculty position at Boston Children's, and allowed him to focus his efforts on his research. Dr. Essers spent four years working on understanding how genes play a role in dictating clinical behaviors in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Essers joined the staff at Swedish Medical Center in 2012, and currently practices pediatric gastroenterology at Swedish. He is proud to be a part of the IBD Center at Swedish and particularly enjoys the challenging but very successful IBD transition program where older children with IBD transition to adult GI doctors for the next phase of their life. In the Northwest, Dr. Essers is on the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation medical advisory committee. He is a regular speaker at Crohn's and Colitis Foundation sponsored events. He also loves volunteering at Camp Oasis, which is a Summer camp for children with IBD."


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  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
    Accredited by: American Board of Pediatrics*
  • Pediatrics
    Accredited by: American Board of Pediatrics*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Celiac Disease
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophagitis
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Vomiting Disorders


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  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Esophageal Dilatation
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemostasis
  • Impedance Testing
  • Non-Cosmetic Botox® Injection
  • Percutaneous Edoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • pH Probe

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Cornell University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
  • Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians and Surgeons
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Children's National Medctr D
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Children's National Medctr D
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Children's Hospital Boston
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Mph-Harvard U
    Other Education | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Essers has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Essers' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Essers to family and friends
based on 20 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Essers' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
Tacoma, WA |
Dr. Essers is the best! He explains things in an easy to understand method. He takes time to answer your questions. He makes sure your child is on the right medication. We travel over an hour to see him. Highly recommend him!
Seattle, WA |
Dr Essers has taken such good care of our daughter. He is a great listener, treats her with respect, and in an age appropriate way make sure sure her questions are answered. His staff is lovely to work with, especially his nurse who returns calls very quickly.
in Renton, WA |
Dr. Essers and his staff were very professional and kind. The doctor spent a long time with us and walked us through his thinking and his proposed treatment options. We have been to a lot of specialists for my child's care and he is one of the best we have found in Seattle. Most importantly, my child is getting better!
in Edmonds, WA |
We are happy to be in the care of Dr. Essers. We can finally get to the bottom of my 5 year old sons stomach issues. It was frustrating going to our pediatric Dr, an urgent care clinic and 3 Emergency visits (all in 3 weeks time) , just to find no answers to my son's stomach pain. Glad we found Dr. Essers and What a relief knowing my son will be on the road to recovery soon!
in seattle wa |
Really caring doctor. Staff was great.
Seattle, WA |
Unprofessional and uncaring to his patients and their families. Spends to much time ordering unessesary expensive test. Waste of time, we should have gotten a second opinion sooner- the doc we received a 2nd opinion from knew and treated the issue from the first visit! No unnessary testing and this doctor was knowledgable, caring, and committed - the total opposite of J Essers. We should have listen to another Swedish pediatric specialist who told us to find someone better as she didn't trust
Nashville, TN |
We thought the practice was organized and well run. The staff got us in and out in relatively short order. Dr. Essers was very nice and spent a good deal of time with us and made sure we understood the treatment options.
Auburn, WA |
Dr. Essers is very knowledgeable and personable. He talked directly with my daughter even though she was young and made her feel very comfortable. The staff was excellent and returned our phone calls on time.
Seattle, WA |
Dr. Essers was kind, considerate, and warm. He spent a long time with my daughter and explained things in a way that we could understand. I'd recommend him to anyone.
Dr. Essers was great. He was great at explaining. I went under for an endoscopy as he was great at explaining and easy and did not have any discomfort he has done everything in his power to help me find a diagnosis.
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Dr. Essers accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Group Health Cooperative
    Coop Core
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Premera Blue Cross
    Heritage Signature
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Preferred Provider Network PPN
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Essers has admitting privileges

Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus
747 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
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Swedish Medical Center - Issaquah Campus
751 NE Blakely Dr
Issaquah, WA 98029
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