Caren S. Palese, MD| Gastroenterology | MedStar Health

Caren S. Palese, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.3 out of 5 (297 reviews)

Specialities: Gastroenterology

Languages: German, English

877-303-1462

About me

Caren Palese, MD, is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Palese completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University and received her medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a three-year Gastroenterology fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Since 2014, she has been consistently chosen by her peers to be a Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doc. She has been awarded the annual distinction of Castle Connolly Top Doctor since 2016. In addition, she has received the Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine Award. She was selected by the Washington Post Magazine to be a Rising Star in 2013.

Dr. Palese uses progressive techniques to diagnose and treat many esophageal disorders, such as GERD, eosinophilic esophagitis and Barrett’s esophagus. She is an expert in diseases of swallowing.

For the most effective care and optimal outcomes for her patients, Dr. Palese takes a multidisciplinary approach and often works closely with a team of specialists. In addition to her expertise in swallowing disorders, Barrett’s esophagus and gastrointestinal motility disorders, Dr. Palese performs precise screening colonoscopies for detecting colon cancer and flat polyps.

Beyond her passion for her work, Dr. Palese enjoys speaking German, running and skiing.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abnormal Stool
  • Anal Fissure
  • Bleeding Hemorrhoids
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Colonoscopy
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Rectal Pain
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Liver Function Blood Test
  • Abnormal Stool
  • Achalasia
  • Allergic Esophagitis
  • Altered Bowel Habits
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Itching
  • Anal Pain
  • Anal Spasm
  • Anemia
  • Appendiceal Cancer
  • Autoimmune Enteropathy
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Colon
  • Bleeding Hemorrhoids
  • Blood In Stool
  • Bowel Dysmotility
  • Bright Red Blood Per Rectum
  • Celiac Disease
  • Choking Sensation
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Clostridium Difficile
  • Colitis
  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Colonic Inertia
  • Colonic Polyps
  • Colorectal Malignancy
  • Constipation
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • Early Satiety
  • Elevated Lipase
  • Eosinophilic Colitis
  • Eosinophilic Enteritis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic Gastritis
  • Epigastric Pain
  • Eructation
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Mass
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Esophageal Spasm
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophageal Thickening
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Family History Of Colon Cancer
  • Family History Of Colon Polyps
  • Fecal Impaction
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Flatulence
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Polyp
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Stromal Tumors
  • Gastrointestinal Amyloid
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gastroparesis
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Hematemesis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intractable Vomiting
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Left Upper Quadrant Pain
  • Lymphocytic Colitis
  • Lynch Syndrome
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Stomach
  • Melena
  • Microscopic Colitis
  • Motility Disorders
  • Nausea
  • Odynophagia
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pernicious Anemia
  • Personal History Of Colonic Polyps
  • Peutz Jeghers Syndrome
  • Polyposis Syndrome
  • Positive Hemoccult Fecal Occult Blood Test
  • Proctitis
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Pain
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Swallowing Problem
  • Vomiting
  • Whipple's Disease
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Procedures I perform

  • Bravo PH Test
  • Colon Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Feeding Tube Management
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Screening
  • Gastroscopy
  • Peg (PERCUTANEOUS ENDOSCOPIC GASTROSTOMY)
  • Proctosigmoidoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Building 2
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-8541

Fax 877-303-1462

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Network OA
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Open EPO Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • Open HMO
    • Optimum Choice
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • CIGNA EPO
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • First Health PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Prime
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

Fellowship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2007)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2003)

Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2000)

Awards

  • Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doc- yearly since 2014 Castle Connolly Top Doctor- yearly since 2016 Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine Award- 2019 to 2021 Washington Post Magazine, Rising Star in 2013

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.3
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.4
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.3
  • Provider showed respect

    4.4
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.3
  • Oct 20, 2022

    Dr. Palese was thorough and spent a lot of time with me. I never felt rushed.

  • Oct 6, 2022

    Good

  • Aug 25, 2022

    Dr Palese is awesome.