Joseph James Jennings, MD| Gastroenterology | MedStar Health

Joseph James Jennings, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (209 reviews)

Specialities: Gastroenterology

Languages: English

877-303-1462

About me

Dr. Joseph J. Jennings is a board-certified gastroenterologist with a focus on bleeding within the GI tract. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2012 and completed his Internal Medicine training at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in 2015. He served as the Chief Medical Resident for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and served as an attending physician in Internal Medicine at the Washington DC VA Medical Center and Virginia Hospital Center as well. He completed his three year fellowship in Gastroenterology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and served as Chief Fellow in 2018-2019.

Dr. Jennings strives to create a relationship with his patients that promotes joint decision making and patient empowerment. He also has a strong interest in medical education and training. He currently serves as the associate director for the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's gastroenterology fellowship program.

Dr. Jennings is board certfied in Internal Medicine since 2015 and Gastroenterology/Hepatology since 2019 (Dr. Jennings Board Certifications).

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Bowel Movement
  • Abnormal Stool
  • Altered Bowel Habits
  • Anal Fissure
  • Bleeding Hemorrhoids
  • Blood In Stool
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Colonoscopy
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysphagia
  • Epigastric Pain
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Melena
  • Nausea
  • Postprandial Diarrhea
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Pain
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Stomach Pain
  • Swallowing Problem
  • Vomiting
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abnormal Bowel Movement
  • Abnormal Liver Function Blood Test
  • Abnormal Stool
  • Achalasia
  • Acute Blood Loss Anemia
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Allergic Colitis
  • Allergic Esophagitis
  • Allergic Gastroenteritis
  • Altered Bowel Habits
  • Ampullary Adenoma
  • Anal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Itching
  • Anal Pain
  • Anal Polyp
  • Anal Spasm
  • Anal Stenosis
  • Anal Ulcer
  • Anemia
  • Angiodysplasia Of Intestine (WITHOUT MENTION OF HEMORRHAGE)
  • Ascites
  • Atrophic Gastritis Without Mention Of Hemorrhage
  • Autoimmune Enteropathy
  • Autoimmune Gastritis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Colon
  • Bleeding Hemorrhoids
  • Blood In Stool
  • Bright Red Blood Per Rectum
  • Celiac Disease
  • Choking Sensation
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cholestasis
  • Chronic Abdominal Pain
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Cirrhosis
  • Clostridium Difficile
  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Colon Stricture
  • Colonic Cryptitis
  • Colonic Mass
  • Colonic Polyps
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Drug Induced Liver Injury
  • Duodenal Adenoma
  • Duodenal Stricture
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • Enterocolitis
  • Eosinophilic Colitis
  • Eosinophilic Enteritis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Epigastric Pain
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Esophageal Inlet Patch
  • Esophageal Mass
  • Esophageal Ring
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophageal Thickening
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophagogastric Junction Outflow Obstruction
  • Family History Of Colon Cancer
  • Family History Of Colon Polyps
  • Fatty Liver
  • Foreign Body (DIGESTIVE SYSTEM)
  • Gallbladder Polyp
  • Gastric Inlet Patch
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Submucosal Tumors
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gluten Allergy
  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemorrhage Of Gastrointestinal Tract, Unspecified
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hemorrhoids With Complications
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Ileitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Ischemic Bowel
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Stomach
  • Melena
  • Microscopic Colitis
  • Nausea
  • Nausea And Vomiting
  • Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Personal History Of Colonic Polyps
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy
  • Positive Hemoccult Fecal Occult Blood Test
  • Postprandial Diarrhea
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Mass
  • Rectal Pain
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Stomach Pain
  • Swallowing Problem
  • Ulceration Of Intestine
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Ulcerative Proctitis
  • Vomiting
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Procedures I perform

  • Biologic Therapy For Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Bravo PH Test
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Chromoendoscopy
  • Colon Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Early Detection Of Cancer
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection Of Large Colon Polyps
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) With Botox Injection
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) With Dilation
  • Fecal Transplant
  • Gastric Restrictive Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Screening
  • Gastroscopy
  • Ileoscopy
  • PH Impedance Test
  • Upper Gi Series
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Building 2
Washington, DC, 20007

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1133 21st Street Northwest
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Washington, DC, 20036

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6862 Elm Street
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McLean, VA, 22101

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

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Education

Fellowship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2019)

Internship/Residency: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2016)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2015)

Internship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2013)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (2012)

Awards

  • Thomas Taylor Award for Excellence in Teaching and Patient Care (2019)
  • 2019 American College of Gastroenterology Young Physician Leadership Scholar 
  • 2018 American College of Gastroenterology GI Jeopardy Winner

News and publications

Selected/Recent Publications




  1. Hepatotoxicty of Agents Used in the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: a 2020 Update.

  2. Barnhill MS, Steinberg JM, Jennings JJ, Lewis JH.Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2020 Jul 15;22(9):47. doi: 10.1007/s11894-020-00781-3.PMID: 32671616 Review.

  3. Hepatotoxicity induced by immune checkpoint inhibitors: a comprehensive review including current and alternative management strategies.

  4. Jennings JJ, Mandaliya R, Nakshabandi A, Lewis JH.Expert Opin Drug Metab Toxicol. 2019 Mar;15(3):231-244. doi: 10.1080/17425255.2019.1574744. Epub 2019 Feb 5.PMID: 30677306 Review.

  5.  NAFLD-NASH: An Under-Recognized Epidemic.

  6. Jennings J, Faselis C, Yao MD.Curr Vasc Pharmacol. 2018;16(3):209-213. doi: 10.2174/1570161115666170622074007.PMID: 28676024 Review.

  7.  Novel Use for Maloney Dilators in the Management of Gastrostomy Stenosis.

  8. Jennings JJ, Batisda-Coelho R, Lipman TO.ACG Case Rep J. 2019 Apr 5;6(4):e00054. doi: 10.14309/crj.0000000000000054. eCollection 2019 Apr.PMID: 31616736 Free PMC article.

  9. Outcomes of vedolizumab therapy in patients with immune checkpoint inhibitor-induced colitis: a multi-center study.

  10. Abu-Sbeih H, Ali FS, Alsaadi D, Jennings JJ, Luo W, Gong Z, Richards DM, Charabaty A, Wang Y.J Immunother Cancer. 2018 Dec 5;6(1):142. doi: 10.1186/s40425-018-0461-4.PMID: 30518410 Free PMC article.

  11. Vedolizumab-Induced Remission in 3 Patients With Refractory Microscopic Colitis: A Tertiary Care Center Case Series.

  12. Jennings JJ, Charabaty A.Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2019 Jul 17;25(8):e97. doi: 10.1093/ibd/izz042.PMID: 30889247 No abstract available.

  13. H pylori treatment reduced risk for gastric cancer in patients with a family history of gastric cancer.

  14. Jennings JJ.Ann Intern Med. 2020 Jun 16;172(12):JC66. doi: 10.7326/ACPJ202006160-066.PMID: 32539507

  15. Understanding patient preference for physician attire: a cross-sectional observational study of 10 academic medical centres in the USA.

  16. Petrilli CM, Saint S, Jennings JJ, Caruso A, Kuhn L, Snyder A, Chopra V.BMJ Open. 2018 May 29;8(5):e021239. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021239.PMID: 29844101 Free PMC article.


Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.9
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.8
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.8
  • Provider showed respect

    4.8
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.8
  • Jul 27, 2022

    Great interaction with provider

  • Jul 15, 2022

    Very informative and friendly

  • Jun 10, 2022

    So impressed with and thankful for Dr. Jennings. It was my first time talking to him and he was excellent. Thorough, empathetic, and ready to help me figure out what's going on.