During January 2017, Dr. Hashem El-Serag took on the role of Department of Medicine chair after nine years as chief of the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine. While there, the section saw considerable growth and success in its clinical, research and education missions with the recruitment of more than 30 new faculty members and the establishment of multidisciplinary clinical and research programs in inflammatory bowel disease, advanced endoscopy and chronic liver disease, as well as NIH-funded research fellowship training. He continues to hold his position as the director of the Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center as well as his clinical practice. “As an internationally recognized physician-scientist, Dr. El-Serag understands the College’s strategic vision that combines research, clinical and education components,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. El-Serag earned his medical degree from Al-Arab Medical University in Libya. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Greenwich Hospital, Yale University, and a fellowship in clinical gastroenterology at the University of New Mexico. While there, he also earned a master of public health degree.
He has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has contributed to numerous books and reviews related to digestive disorders and hepatology. Dr. El-Serag has more than 50 peer-reviewed research grants and currently is funded by multiple NIH and Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grants. He also has held visiting professorships with other institutions in the United States and internationally over the past decade. He served as the editor in chief for Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology (2012-2017).
His distinguished awards and recognitions include “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014, 2015, 2017” in the area of Clinical Medicine by Thompson Reuter, Baylor College of Medicine’s Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award in 2016, the Blue Faery Award for Excellence in Liver Cancer Research and inclusion in Texas Super Doctors for several years. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigators and the American Association of Physicians. Dr. El-Serag is vice president of the American Gastroenterological Association and will be president of the AGA, beginning May 2018.