Staff Recognized for Meeting and Exceeding Baylor College of Medicine Values
Dec. 8, 2017
Adriana Hernandez-Garcia, research associate, Armandina Rodriguez, medical assistant, Nichole Stewart, medical assistant, and Angela Waddy, nurse lead, all from Gastroenterology and Hepatology, received recognition through the RIITE Rewards Program for meeting and exceeding BCM values for FY17 and FY18 quarter 1.
Liver Magic 100!
Aug. 17, 2017
The Liver Transplant Team at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center performed its 100th liver transplant surgery on August 10th. This represents a major landmark for the Houston VA. None of this would have been possible without the hard work, dedication and true excellence of the transplant team.
Many congratulations to Dr. Hussain, Hernaez and the rest of the liver transplant team.
Advanced Endoscopy News
April 5, 2017
During March, our team of gastroenterologists started the Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy program at Baylor College of Medicine. So far, over 18 patients (including adult and pediatric patients) have successfully undergone POEM; all procedures were performed in the endoscopy unit and met with great success. The team is gearing up to initiate a program for the management of gastroparesis. Our team also performed the first case of a combination of electric gastric stimulator placement with endoscopic pyloromyotomy without any complications this past week. Stay tuned for more news on this!
Dr. Kalpesh Patel performed the first three cases of EUS guided coiling with cyanoacrylate injection for large gastric varies with outstanding outcome. Our team refined and simplified the technique for EUS guided vascular therapy and they are in the process of launching a marketing and awareness campaign to educate health care providers in the greater Houston area about the existence of this option for patients with large gastric or rectal varices.
Also, Baylor Advanced Endoscopy Program has been selected to host the Texas Live endoscopy conference this year along with University of Texas San Antonio. This conference will occur in conjunction with the Texas Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy annual meeting in September. We expect over 150 participants to join the Texas Live component of the meeting.
Kudos to Dr. Othman, Dr. Patel, and all members of the Advanced Endoscopy Program! Way to go!
Congratulations to Dr. Nisreen Husain, Ngoc Duong and VA GI Faculty on Successful First GI Prime Care
March 6, 2017
Kudos to Dr. Nisreen Husain, Ngoc Duong and the VA GI faculty for organizing the first Gastroenterology/Hepatology Prime Care Course at the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center. The course was held Feb. 15, 2017 and included up-to-date and concise lectures on relevant GI and hepatology topics to primary care clinicians at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Over 80 participants attended the course. It was well received. Below is some feedback from the attendees:
“Topics short, concise, and evidence-based and very relevant to my daily primary care practice.”
“Nice opportunity to meet the GI faculty and to ask questions regarding various GI topics.”
“GI Prime Care presentations were very helpful and informative and having the information geared towards PCP was excellent.”
Congratulations Nisreen and Ngoc for a job well done! We are hoping that this will be annual event.
Dr. Sellin, GI Faculty Contribute to Book, "Managing GI Complications of Diabetes"
Feb. 7, 2017
Dr. Selin has served as editor for the book Managing Gastrointestinal Complications of Diabetes. Many of our faculty members and fellows contributed to this endeavor. Congratulations to all authors for this remarkable achievement. Special kudos to Dr. Sellin!
Newly Passed Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act Likely to Benefit
Jan. 9, 2017
The Senate recently passed the Health Outcomes Act. This requires the Department of Health and Human Services to build and expand technology-enabled models that enhance collaborative learning and patient care. Passage of this law is directly relevant to Baylor St. Luke's Project ECHO led by Drs. Sussman and Khaderi. Their vision and dedication has put Baylor in a very strong leadership position as this healthcare delivery innovation is implemented at a wider scale.
Join congratulate Drs. Sussman and Khaderi!
Dr. Bradford Published in American Psychological Association Magazine
Jan. 7, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Bradford, our psychologist in the Section of Gastroenterology, for being featured in the Monitor on Psychology, which is the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. The magazine published a piece on Dr. Bradford’s practice in its series on integrated care this month. Dr. Bradford sees patients at the McNair campus, where she focuses on behavioral management of functional GI disorders and psychological comorbidities in patients with chronic and serious medical conditions including inflammatory bowel disorders and cancer.
Dr. Ketwaroo's Article Featured in GI & Hepatology News
Jan. 1, 2017
Dr. Ketwaroo's article was featured in the January issue of AGA Institute's GI & Hepatology Newspaper. Dr. Ketwaroo serves as an associate editor for GI & Hepatology News and has joined the rank of academic leaders in the field of advanced endoscopy. View the full article. Way to go Dr. Ketwaroo!