Department of Medicine Chair
Dr. Hashem El-Serag, chair of the Department of Medicine, served nine years as chief of the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine before beginning his service as chair. He continues to hold his position as the director of the Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center as well as his clinical practice.
Dr. El-Serag has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has contributed to numerous books and reviews and has more than 50 peer-reviewed research grants. He is funded by multiple NIH and Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grants. He also has held international visiting professorships. He currently is the editor-in-chief for Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology, American Gastroenterological Association Journal.
His distinguished recognitions include “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” 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 multi-year inclusion in Texas Super Doctors. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigators and the American Association of Physicians.
Vice Chair Groups
We have created seven vice chair groups: clinical affairs, education, faculty and staff development, Harris Health/Ben Taub, quality improvement and innovation, research and veterans affairs. Our goal is to make the Department of Medicine a recognized leader in each of our mission areas: scientific discovery and research, patient clinical care and medical education and training. With this plan and new structure, we are challenging ourselves to go further and excel in all ways. See the details on each of the vice chair groups below:
- Interim Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Mandeep Bajaj, M.B.B.S.
Professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Vice Chair for Education
Richard J. Hamill, M.D.
Professor, Infectious Diseases
- Vice Chair for Faculty and Staff Development
Thomas P. Giordano, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases
- Vice Chair for Harris Health System/Ben Taub Hospital
Stephen Greenberg, M.D., MACP
Distinguished Service Professor, General Internal Medicine
- Vice Chair for Quality Improvement and Innovations
Aanand D. Naik, M.D.
Associate Professor, Health Services Research
- Vice Chair for Research
Christie M. Ballantyne, M.D.
Chief, Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research
- Vice Chair for Veterans Affairs
Biykem Bozkurt, M.D., Ph.D.