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Department of Medicine

Chief's Message

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Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS
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Welcome to the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine. We thank you for your interest in our section and our clinical, scientific and educational missions.

We specialize in the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of digestive tract and liver diseases and combine compassion and science with the most advanced tests and procedures. Our mission is to provide outstanding care to patients and their families, using state-of-the-art services to enhance their digestive and liver health. We also train and educate the next generation of gastroenterologists and hepatologists who will assume leadership roles as clinician scientists, clinicians and educators within and outside the U.S. 

Our section includes:

  • Outstanding, nationally and internationally recognized faculty members
  • A comprehensive, highly sought-after fellowship training program that offers a clinical and a NIH T-32 funded research training tracks. Ours is the only adult GI research-training program that is supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant in Texas as well as neighboring states.  
  • Diverse clinical practice in several medical facilities including McNair Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Harris Health System, and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. In 2020, our affiliate Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center ranked 21 in the nation for Gastroenterology. The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center GI section is one the largest GI sections among all Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide. Ben Taub GI Service continues to provide the highest quality care to patients in Harris County, including cutting edge advanced endoscopic procedures and multidisciplinary treatment of complex GI disorders. Our Advanced Endoscopy and Liver Transplant Programs are among the nation's best.

With over 175 papers in scientific journals and over $9 million in research funding per year, the section remains a leader in clinical and translational research in gastrointestinal and liver diseases. The section continues to be the clinical home for the NIH funded Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center, one of 17 federally funded centers focusing on research in GI diseases. Additionally, we conduct cutting-edge health services and outcomes research that advances science and clinical care through our partnerships with the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety. Many of our investigators hold highly competitive, peer-reviewed grants funded by the NIH, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Texas State, and Foundations Section is also serves as the coordinating center for the new Texas Collaborative Center for Hepatocellular Cancer (TeCH). Section members are in key leadership positions both within and outside the Institution, including the editorship of the American Gastroenterology Association’s leading clinical journal, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 

We continue to play an important role in advancing our understanding of digestive and liver diseases and training future clinicians and researchers. The section hosts two highly successful CME accredited courses each year. Over 100 participants attend the Board Review Course in September. Over 200 participants attend the Annual Baylor GI and Hepatology Course in March. 

I invite you to visit our annual report for more details about our section and us. 

Fasiha Kanwal, M.D., MSHS
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX