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GI Research Conference 2018 - 2019

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The GI Research Conference will start Sept. 20 and will recur on the third Thursday of the month from 5-6 p.m. in Conference Room A at the McNair Campus. The full schedule is below.

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2018 - 2019 GI Research Conference Schedule

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Sept. 20, 2018

2nd Year GI Fellow

Research Presentation

McNair, Conference Room A

Oct. 18, 2018

Maya Balakrishnan

McNair, Conference Room A

Nov. 15, 2018

Mimi Tan

Jamail, 4th Floor, Conference Room 120

Dec. 20, 2018

Natalia Khalaf

Jamail, 4th Floor, Conference Room 120

Jan. 17, 2019

Ayse Mindikoglu

Jamail, 4th Floor, Conference Room 120

Feb. 14, 2019

Elena Petrova

McNair, Conference Room A

March 14, 2019

Jordan Shapiro (T32 Fellow)

McNair, Conference Room A

April 18, 2019

Robert Sealock

McNair, Conference Room A

May 16, 2019

3rd Year GI Fellow Research Presentation

McNair, Conference Room A

June 20, 2019

Milena Gould Suarez

McNair, Conference Room A

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GUT Journal Club 2018 - 2019

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The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal Club occurs on the third Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. at McNair, Conference Room A. The table below has dates as well as the fellow and faculty who are presenting one article for 25 minutes each.

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GUT Journal Club

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Fellow

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Fellow

Faculty

Sept. 18, 2018

Joseph Krill

Robert Sealock

Jordan Sparkman

Ruben Hernaez

Oct. 20, 2018

Eugene Kligman

Fasiha Kanwal

Mazen Shobassy

Khozema Hussain

Nov. 20, 2018

Anam Khan

Johanna Chan

Jordan Shapiro

John Vierling

Dec. 18, 2018

Sunina Nathoo

Manreet Kaur

Derek Lin

Norman Sussman

Jan. 15, 2019

Theresa Nguyen

Rajesh Shah

Rehman Sheikh

Wasif Abidi

Feb. 19, 2019

Tariq Hammad

Avi Ketwaroo

Hyunseok Kim

Hashem El-Serag

March 19, 2019

Valentine Millien

Yamini Natarajan

Vinshi Khan

Mimi Tan

April 16, 2019

Jessica Bernica

Jim Schwartz

Tasleem Syed

Mohamed Othman

June 18, 2019

Srikar Mapakshi

Natalia Khalaf

Rollin George

Chris Pappas

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2nd Annual GI/Hepatology PrimeCare Course at DeBakey VA

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MEDVAMC 2nd GI/Hepatology PrimeCare Course (320x240)
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Feb. 22, 2019

The 2nd Annual GI/Hepatology PrimeCare Course was held at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. The aim of the course was to provide relevant and concise updates on common GI and liver topics for the primary care staff at the MEDVAMC. The course was attended by 94 physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. The co-directors for the course were Dr. Nisreen S. Husain and Dr. Ellie Jarbrink-Seghal. The course planning committee included Ngoc Duong, PA and Leslie Hsu, PA. The following GI/Hepatology faculty gave lectures for the course: Dr. Nisreen S. Husain, Dr. David Graham, Dr. Ellie Jarbrink-Seghal, Dr. Rajesh Shah, Dr. Natalia Khalaf, Dr. Yamini Natarajan, Dr. Khozema Hussain, and Dr. Avi Ketwaroo. Additional guest lecturers included Dr. Cezarina Mindru (Infectious Disease) and GI nurses Aesha Jackson, Mary Alfred, and Mary Nunn.

Congratulations to the organizing committee and the presenters for another successful course!

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2018 Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium

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March 9, 2018

The 2018 Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium – hosted by TMC Digestive Disease Center, an NIH-funded P30 center, and Directors Drs. Hashem El-Serag and Doug Burrin was held on March 3. The symposium was attended by nearly 200 clinicians, scientists, trainees and students from Baylor and eight other Texas institutions, as well as from several other states and abroad. The event included more than 65 posters and abstracts on digestive diseases research, as well as advisory committee members, speakers, poster judges, and attendees.

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18th Annual GI and Liver Course - March 24-25

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The 18th Annual GI and Liver Course will be held at the MD Anderson Mitchell Basic Science Research Building, Onstead Auditorium, for those wishing to learn more about the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal and liver diseases and conditions, including emerging medical therapies. Guest faculty will be Dr. David Katzka, professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Brennan Spiegel, professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. View the brochure for agenda, faculty and topics and register visit this link.

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T32 Research Track Lecture Series

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Sharmila Anandasabapathy
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Jan. 23, 2018

Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy presented "Thinking Outside the Box: Collaborations in Research."

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5th Annual Medical Speakers Conference

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Dr. Richa Shukla
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Jan. 19, 2018

The 5th Annual Medical Speakers Conference, sponsored by the Rice Pre-Medical Society, was held Jan. 27 at the Farnsworth Pavilion at the Rice Memorial Center. The theme of the conference was Biotechnology and the Future of Healthcare. Speakers included Dr. Richa Shukla, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, who discussed therapy applications.

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American Association for Study of Liver Diseases 68th Annual Meeting

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Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS
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Dec. 16, 2017

Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor and interim chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Jennifer Kramer, assistant professor, Health Services Research and IQuESt, Srikar Mapakshi, postdoctoral fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology and IQuESt, Peter Richardson, assistant professor, Health Services Research, and Dr. Hashem B. El-Serag, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and chair, Department of Medicine, presented and/or co-produced “Risk of Hepatocellular Cancer in Patients with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Texas” for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 68th Annual Meeting, Oct. 20-24.

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American Association for Study of Liver Diseases 68th Annual Meeting

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Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS
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Dec. 16, 2017

Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor and interim chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Jennifer Kramer, assistant professor, Health Services Research and IQuESt, Srikar Mapakshi, postdoctoral fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology and IQuESt, Peter Richardson, assistant professor, Health Services Research, and Dr. Hashem B. El-Serag, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and chair, Department of Medicine, presented and/or co-produced “Risk of Hepatocellular Cancer in Patients with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Texas” for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 68th Annual Meeting, Oct. 20-24.

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Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians

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Hashem B. El-Serag, M.D., M.P.H., Chair of the Department of Medicine
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Nov. 17, 2017

The Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians recently held its annual conference in San Antonio last week. Several faculty, medical students and residents attended and/or presented. Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and chair, Department of Medicine, presented “GI Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind.”

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Colon Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk

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Nov. 6, 2017

Get Your Rear in Gear - Houston helped raise awareness about colorectal cancer. Survivors, caregivers, family, friends, and the medical community came together for this Colon Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk to educate the community about this largely preventable cancer. Events included a timed 5K run, 5K walk and a kids’ fun run. Baylor College of Medicine's Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology hosted a table where Dr. Suneal Agarwal spoke to the importance of screening colonoscopies. The Ben Taub GI team – the Colonoscopy Compadres participated in the 5K Run/Walk as well!

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Houston IBD Education Symposium

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Nov. 3, 2017

Dr. Richa Shukla, assistant professor, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, co-hosted a workshop on alternative medicine at the recent Houston IBD Education Symposium, sponsored by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and held Oct. 21 at the United Way of Greater Houston. Dr. Andrea Bradford, assistant professor, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, gave the final session: Psychological Aspects of IBD. The symposium provided patients and healthcare professionals the latest information in inflammatory bowel disease research, diet, mental health and surgical interventions.

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Changing Epidemiology of HCC

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Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS
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Oct. 16, 2017

Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor and interim chief, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, presented a Pediatric Gastroenterology Research workshop Oct. 16 in the Feigin Tower conference room. The topic of her presentation was “Changing Epidemiology of HCC.”

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Building Health from the Ground Up Forum

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Oct. 3, 2017

Drs. Yamini Natarajan, assistant professor, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wilson Lam, assistant professor, Section of Cardiology, Ana Monterrey, clinical postdoc fellow, Pediatrics, and Padma Swamy, fellow, Pediatrics, helped organize a forum – “Building Health from the Ground Up” – through the Doctors for Change committee they are all members of, the Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) committee. Doctors for Change is a Houston-based health care advocacy nonprofit. Presentations at the forum, which took place Sept. 27, at United Way of Greater Houston, covered food prescription programs, sustainable food systems, and community gardens.

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Annual Meeting of Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

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Waqar Qureshi, M.D.
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Oct. 3, 2017

The 42nd annual meeting of the Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy was held Sept. 22-24 in San Antonio. Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was on the 2017 program committee. “The TSGE has become the premier regional gastrointestinal society in the country,” according to Dr. Qureshi, “and our group has played a major part in this rise in prominence.”

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Baylor College of Medicine Hosts Texas Live Endoscopy

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Texas Live Endoscopy
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Sept. 27, 2017

On Sept. 22, Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor St. Lukes Medical Center held the Texas Live Endoscopy course. Drs. Othman, Patel, Raijman, Abidi, and Qureshi led the course. They performed several unique cases for an audience of over 150 gastroenterologists in Texas. The procedures included per-oral endoscopic myotomy for achalasia, gastric varices injection, reduction of gastric bypass stoma, hemorrhoid banding, radiofrequency ablation of common bile duct tumor in addition to other procedures. The course was a great success and put BCM and BSLMC in the forefront of gastrointestinal endoscopy in Texas. Our team is invited to host Texas Live again in 2019! We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to the entire advanced endoscopy team!

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MetaECHO Global Conference 2017

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Norman L. Sussman, M.D.
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Sept. 14, 2017

Dr. Sussman provided a TED Talk at this year’s Project ECHO Global MetaECHO Conference, held at the University of New Mexico; Albuquerque, NM Sept 14.

The MetaECHO Conference is an international conference that draws Project ECHO telehealth programs from around the world. TED talks are a central event of the conference, and each highlights an innovative use of the Project ECHO model of healthcare delivery. Dr. Sussman’s talk explained how Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine are using Project ECHO to offer organ transplantation in communities that lack a transplant center.

The mission of the ECHO model is to dramatically increase access to specialty treatment in rural and urban areas by providing front-line and specialty clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions. It does this by engaging clinicians in a continuous learning system and partnering them with specialist mentors at our Baylor St. Luke’s academic medical center.

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18th Annual Hot Topics in Liver Disease

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18th Annual Hot Topics in Liver Disease Registration was held July 28 and 29, 2017

The rapid progress of basic science and clinical research in hepatology makes it impossible for clinical practitioners—primary care providers, gastroenterologists, hepatologists, nurses, practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare providers—to keep up or discern which advances are ready for clinical application. The goal of our 18th Annual Conference was to summarize the newest information that can be utilized immediately in clinical practice. Our faculty experts included four internationally acclaimed guest faculty and 10 Baylor academic, clinical hepatologists, infectious disease and gastroenterologists. We chose only topics that are frequently encountered in clinical practice, such as the diagnosis and management of cirrhosis and its complications, metabolic and autoimmune liver diseases and chronic viral hepatitis and liver transplantation.

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Baylor College of Medicine DDW 2017 Posters and Presentations

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May 3, 2017

Please see attached a list of all accepted abstracts that will be presented during the Digestive Disease Week by the faculty and fellows in the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Baylor Gastroenterology has a big presence at DDW this year with over 78 presentations, including a clinical plenary, 33 oral presentations, and several posters of distinction. Please make an effort to attend your colleagues' presentations to show your support.

We are also looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 DDW Baylor Alumni Reception Monday, May 8 at Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, Wrigley Room from 6 - 8 p.m.

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Second Annual AGA Practice Skills Workshop at Baylor College of Medicine

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Feb. 25, 2017

The Section of Gastroenterology hosted the second Regional American Gastroenterological Association Practice Skills Workshop at Baylor College of Medicine. This was a half day course aimed at fellows and early career GI clinicians. It covered important topics that can help in creating an action plan for achieving career goals and future track for success.

This year we had several guest speakers such as Dr. GS Raju speaking on Life in Academic Practice, Dr. Hashim Khandwalla speaking on Life in Private Practice, former AGA president Dr. John Allen speaking on Health Care Reform and MACRA, and Dr. Nicole Loo speaking about How to Evaluate a Job. From Baylor, we had Dr. Chris Pappas, Dr. Rhonda Cole and Dr. Milena Gould, who all give outstanding talks.

This conference was a success; 36 attendees participated in the conference. They represented fellows in training and junior faculty from different institutions across Texas. The event was well received by the fellows.

Congratulations to the course directors Drs. Richa Shukla, Avi Ketwaroo, RJ Sealock and Michael Lin.
 

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Congratulations to Drs. Patel, Kaur, and Khaderi for Successful Baylor Annual GI Course

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March 8, 2017

Our Annual GI Course was a great success this year. We had 144 attendees (up from 125 last year) with an equal mix of Baylor and non-Baylor clinicians; ~70 participants were from other (non-Baylor) institutions and 34 were from outside of Houston. A total of 23 speakers, including two invited speakers, participated in the course. The talks were outstanding and well received by the attendees. The fact that almost all participants joined the course both days (and stayed until the very end) is a testimony to the quality of the talks. Many thanks to all the speakers for their time, effort and commitment.

Congratulations to Drs. Patel, Kaur and Khaderi for putting together such as successful event. Despite a large number of attendees, things went very smoothly, underscoring their attention to details and careful planning.

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Baylor Gastroenterology at DDW 2017

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March 8, 2017

We will have a big presence at the Digestive Disease Week in May 2017. So far, 33 accepted research abstracts, including 10 oral presentations, four posters of distinctions, and 19 posters have been submitted. Of note, this list does not include invited lectures. This is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates the academic excellence and commitment of our faculty and fellows.

We will be compiling a document including all presentations and send it along internally before DDW.

If you have not done so already, please send information about your accepted abstracts to Roxanne Desiderio.

Many congratulations to all and keep up the good work!

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March for Science

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March for Science Houston
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The March for Science, Houston, which is a satellite to the March for Science in Washington DC was held April 22, 2017. Learn more about the event.

Please see flyer to the right for details, which includes some of the speakers (including Baylor’s own Huda Zoghbi and Andreas Tolias).

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GI and Liver Course 2017

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GI and Liver Course 2017
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March 4-5, 2017

The annual Baylor College of Medicine GI and Liver Course 2017 was held at the MD Anderson Mitchell Basic Science Research Building. Location: Onstead Auditorium, 3rd Floor, 6767 Bertner Ave.

See brochure to the right for details. Register online for the course.

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Dr. Sussman Speaks on Telehealth at Annual Policy Orientation for Texas Legislature

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Norman L. Sussman, M.D.
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Dr. Norman Sussman, who directs the ECHO program at BCLMC, addressed the 15th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature Jan. 12, 2017. This is an annual event to update Texas lawmakers on current developments. The complete program can be found on the Texas Public Policy Policy Website. Dr. Sussman spoke in the session: “Telehealth: Promise and Problems.”