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2020

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U.S News Ranking of Best Hopsitals

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Baylor St. Luke’s was ranked in five adult specialties – Cardiology and Heart Surgery, No. 17; Neurology and Neurosurgery, No. 21; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, No. 21; Cancer, No. 27 and Geriatrics 47. Importantly, this is the first time geriatrics has been ranked.

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Dr. Andrea Bradford in 2019 Insomnia Workshop

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May 31: The Baylor College of Medicine 2019 Insomnia Workshop was held On Friday May 24 at McNair Campus. The annual workshop, sponsored by the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, provides in-depth education and training on adult and pediatric insomnia management with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy. Attendees included fellows in training in sleep medicine from BCM and the University of Texas. Speakers included our very own Dr. Andrea Bradford.

DDW 2019 Posters and Presentations

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May 16: The Department of Medicine Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology had a big presence at Digestive Diseases Week, held May 17-21 in San Diego, with 46 presentations, including several invited lectures, oral presentations, and posters. Invited lecturers were:

· Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor
· Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor
· Dr. Jason Hou, associate professor
· Dr. Noah Shroyer, associate professor
· Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor
· Dr. Derek Lin, clinical postdoc fellow
· Dr. Stephen Pappas, associate professor

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Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, directed the Advanced Polypectomy and Hemorrhoid Management Hands-On Workshop and the Anorectal Diseases clinical symposium session.

Dr. Ayse Mindikoglu, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, presented the late-breaking abstract of her group’s study entitled “Dawn-to-sunset fasting for 30 days induces tropomyosin 1, 3 and 4 genes in healthy volunteers: its clinical implications in metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease”. The study found that dawn-to-sunset fasting for 30 days (Ramadan fasting) increased levels of proteins that play a crucial role in improving insulin. The results of the study had subsequent worldwide media coverage (see In The News).

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Dr. El-Serag, Colleagues attend American College of Physicians Annual Meeting 2019

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April 26: Several faculty members attended the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting 2019, held April 11-13 in Philadelphia. Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor, presented “Clinical Triad: Upper Gastrointestinal Tract;” Dr. Martha Mims, professor, Hematology/Oncology, presented “Who Really Needs a Work-Up for Hereditary Thrombophilia?; Dr. Joslyn Fisher, associate professor, General Internal Medicine – Ben Taub, chaired the session “Challenges in the Medical Care of Immigrants.” Three medical students, Albert Jang, Anna Berry, and Kallie Kram, as well as Dr. Wilson Lam, assistant professor and associate program director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, also attended.

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Dr. Fasiha Kanwal Interviewed for an Article in Medpage Today

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April 19: Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor and chief, was interviewed for an April 16 article in Medpage Today titled “Review target gaps in HCC surveillance.”

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Dr. Johanna Chan Presents at Section of Transition Medicine's Grand Rounds

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March 27: Dr. Johanna Chan, assistant professor, shared her presentation titled “Feeding Tubes: Pearls and Pitfalls” with faculty and staff at the Section of Transition Medicine's Grand Rounds. The presentation offered insights on how to different types of feeding tubes, advice to share with patients and how gastroenterologists can help patients transition from pediatric to adult GI.

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Dr. John Vierling Receives 'Highly Cited Paper' Designation by Web of Science

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March 22: Nature Reviews Disease Primer, titled “Autoimmune Hepatitis,” coauthored by Dr. John Vierling, professor, has received a “Highly Cited Paper” designation by Web of Science. This designation is for papers that are in the top 1% of similar age. The paper has been viewed more than 6,000 times since publication.

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Dr. Waqar Qureshi Interviewed for BCM Momentum

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March 15: Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor, was interviewed for a March 11 article in BCM Momentum titled “Colon polyps: Detection is key to preventing cancer.”

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Dr. John Vierling Delivers Invited Webinar to FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

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March 15: Dr. John Vierling, professor, delivered an invited webinar lecture to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. His topic was “Autoimmune Hepatitis,” aimed to provide a comprehensive update to aid FDA in evaluating new proposals for clinical trials. The invitation resulted from his role on the writing committee to revise the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Autoimmune Hepatitis Guidelines and his group’s recent paper in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Dr. Andrea Bradford Interviewed for BCM Momentum

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March 15: Dr. Andrea Bradford, assistant professor, was interviewed for a Jan. 10 article in BCM Momentum titled “The gut-brain connection: How psychotherapy treats irritable bowel syndrome.”

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Dr. Mary Estes Featured in BCM From The Labs

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March 15: Dr. Mary Estes, Distinguished Service professor, was the subject of a Jan. 3 article in BCM From The Labs titled “Image of the Month: Assembling a rotavirus factory.”

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Department of Medicine Ranks 25th in U.S. News Rankings of Best Medical Schools

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March 13: The 2019-2020 U.S. News & World Report annual list of top graduate schools and programs was released this week. For the first time, Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Medicine - Internal Medicine is now ranked in the top 152 schools, at number 25. These rankings are based solely on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the list of schools surveyed. Survey respondents each identified up to 15 schools offering the best programs in each specialty area. Those schools receiving the most votes in each specialty are numerically ranked in descending order based on the number of nominations they received, as long as the school or program received seven or more nominations in that specialty area.

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Dr. Hashem El-Serag and Colleagues Interviewed For TMC News

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March 8: Drs. Hashem El-Serag, professor, Melissa Bondy, professor, Epidemiology and Population Sciences, and Kent Osborne, professor, Hematology/Oncology, were interviewed for a March 4 article in TMC News titled “Obesity’s link to cancer.”

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Dr. Yamini Natarajan and others Receive Best Post Award at the Texas Medical Association’s Physician Health & Wellness Exchange

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March 8: The Vice Chair Group for Faculty & Staff Development’s abstract “Sunshine Grants: Planting Seeds of Wellness in an Academic Medical Department” was chosen as “Best Poster” in the Faculty Category and was presented orally at the Texas Medical Association’s Physician Health & Wellness Exchange at Baylor College of Medicine on March 2. Department of Medicine faculty and staff co-authors include: David Corry, Robbie Cruzado-Rivera, Joslyn Fisher, Tom Giordano, Sandra Haudek, Nicola Hanania, Claudine Johnson, Kim Johnson, Shannon Kenyon, Judy Kim, Courtney Miller-Chism, Arunima Misra, Yamini Natarajan, Sue Sampson, Margaret Spitz, Sandhya Thomas, and Laila Woc-Colburn.

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Press Ganey Most Improved - MVP Award Winner

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March 1: the Quality, Safety and Patient Experience team has awarded the Gastroenterology division the Press Ganey Most Improved – MVP Award winner for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. The award was rewarded based on the highest increased score for feedback received from patients on their Press Ganey surveys. Congratulations to the Faculty Group Practice physicians and staff for this truly tremendous award!

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Dr. Yamini Natarajan Interviewed for an Article in the U.S. News & World Report

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March 1: Dr. Yamini Natarajan, assistant professor, was interviewed for a Feb. 19 article in U.S. News & World Report titled “What is dumping syndrome?”

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Department of Medicine makes a Major Jump in Blue Ridge rankings

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Feb. 12:  The 2018 Blue Ridge ranking for Departments of Medicine just came out! Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine achieved its highest status in recent memory. The Blue Ridge ranking uses active NIH funding to rank departments of medicine in the nation. We went up from #40 in 2017 to #27 (out of 115) this year, a jump of 13 places. This reflects the success that existing as well as new faculty have made in competing successfully for grant funding. While a milestone worth celebrating indeed, the rank is but one aspect of success.  The Department of Medicine is proud that faculty and trainees also continue to be quite successful in publishing, education and clinical care.

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Dr. Mary Estes Published in BCM News, Science Daily, Med India and UC San Diego Health News

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Feb. 1: Dr. Mary Estes, professor, was interviewed for a Nov. 27 article in BCM News titled “Mother’s milk influences neonatal rotavirus infection." The isle also was covered in a Nov. 27 article in Science Daily titled “Sugars and microbiome in mother’s milk influence neonatal rotavirus infection,” a Nov. 28 article in Med India titled “Sugars in breast milk influences neonatal rotavirus infection,” as well as  Nov. 27 article in the UC San Diego Health News titled “Complex sugars and microbiome in mother’s milk influence neonatal rotavirus infection.

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Dr. Yamini Natarajan Interviewed for an article in MedPage Today

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Feb. 1: Dr. Yamini Natarajan, assistant professor, was interviewed for a Nov. 19 article in MedPage Today titled “DAAs best for cutting CVD risk in HCV.”

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Faculty and Staff Meet with Senator John Cornyn's Office

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Feb. 1:  As part of the American Gastroenterological Association's Congressional Advocates Program, several DoM faculty members and staff met with Jay Guerrero, regional director for Southeast Texas for Senator John Cornyn. The group discussed NIH funding, the Restoring the Patient’s Voice Act, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2018, and closing the colonoscopy loophole. They wrote about their experience here. Attendees were Gastroenterology and Hepatology’s Ramanveer Virk, administrative assistant, and Drs. Avi Ketwaroo, assistant professor, Yamini Natarajan, assistant professor, Richard Robbins, instructor, and Richa Shukla, assistant professor. 

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Dr. Norman Sussman Featured in the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center “Daily Update”

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Jan. 25: Dr. Norman Sussman, associate professor, was mentioned in the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center “Daily Update” recently; a patient remarked that he/she was receiving “top care” in the Hepatology Clinic and that Dr. Sussman was “thoughtful about my case and was overwhelmingly recommended by my medical contacts locally and out of state.

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Dr. Suneal Agarwal Interviewed for a Dec. 9 article in MedPage Today

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Jan. 11: Dr. Suneal Agarwal, assistant professor, was interviewed for a Dec. 9 article in MedPage Today titled “PPIs cut upper GI bleeds from anticoagulants.”

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Dr. Richa Shukla asked to Comment for an Oct. 31 Article in GI and Hepatology News

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Dec. 28: Dr. Richa Shukla, assistant professor, was asked to comment for an Oct. 31 article in MDEdge.com titled “Thiopurines linked to zoster in IBD patients

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Dr. Yamini Natarajan asked to give a Perspective Article for the Dec. 5 Issue of AGA Perspectives

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Dec. 14: Dr. Yamini Natarajan, assistant professor, was asked to give a perspective article for the Dec. 5 issue of AGA Perspectives.

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2018 Gastrointestinal Endoscopy RN & Tech Course

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Dec. 3: Several faculty from the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology helped present the annual 2018 Gastrointestinal Endoscopy RN & Tech Course. It is part of the Texas Interventional Endoscopy Group, a non-profit organization consisting of expert endoscopists from the Greater Houston area, working together to promote collaborative endoscopic education and research. The hands-on training in advanced endoscopy was held at Houston Community College at Coleman campus on Nov. 10.

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Dr. Waqar Qureshi Keynote Speaker at Crusaders for Colon Cancer Awareness

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Nov. 23: Dr. Waqar Qureshi, was keynote speaker at the Crusaders for Colon Cancer Awareness fund-raising gala, held Nov. 17 in Houston. Started by a colon cancer survivor and supported by Houston Mayor Turner, the group spreads awareness about colon cancer screening and raises funds to help those who cannot get screening.

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Dr. Ayse Mindikoglu Co-Directs AASLD Workshop

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Nov. 23: Dr. Ayse Leyla Mindikoglu, associate professor, co-directed the Early Morning Workshop entitled “Management of AKI in Patients with Cirrhosis” at the 2018 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Meeting held Nov. 11 in San Francisco.

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Dr. Rajesh Shah Interviewed for Article MedPage Article

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Nov. 9: Dr. Rajesh Shah, assistant professor, was interviewed for a Nov. 2 article in MedPage Today titled “Colectomy may boost diabetes risk.”

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South Texas Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Annual Patient and Provider Education Symposium

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Nov. 2: Drs. Andrea Bradford, assistant professor, Manreet Kaur, assistant professor, and Jason Hou, assistant professor, along with Temi Osinaiya, RD, dietitian, and Julie Weatherly, ANP, instructor, presented at the South Texas Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Annual Patient and Provider Education Symposium, held Oct. 20 in Houston. In total, 85 patients and providers participated in the program.

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Dr. David Graham Presents at United Europe Gastroenterology Week

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Oct. 26: Dr. David Graham, professor, presented at United European Gastroenterology Week, held Oct. 20-24 in Vienna, Austria. His talk was titled “Therapy (RHB-104) In Moderately To Severely Active Crohn's Disease (MAP US)” and discussed, as a late-breaking abstract, the positive data coming from the MAP US study, of which he is lead investigator.

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Dr. Hashem El-Serag Interviewed for MDLinx Article

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Oct. 26: Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor, was interviewed for an Oct. 4 article in MDLinx titled “Lower liver cancer risk seen with tenofovir treatment of chronic hepatitis B.” He also was interviewed for a June 27 article in MedPage Today titled “Houston consensus shrinks gaps in H. pylori management.”

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Dr. David Graham Research Featured in The Times of Israel

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Oct. 26: Dr. David Graham, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was mentioned in an Oct. 24 article in The Times of Israel titled “Redhill gets added backwind for drug to treat Crohn’s disease.”

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Dr. John Vierling Presents in Switzerland and Virginia

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Oct. 13: Dr. John Vierling, professor, was invited to lecture at the second international forum on primary biliary cholangitis at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, Sept. 23-25. His lecture was “Why Ductopenia? Contrasts and Comparisons.” Dr. Vierling also delivered an invited lecture at the Childhood Liver Disease Research Network annual scientific session on Sept. 27 in Alexandria, Va., on the topic of “Immunopathogenesis of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.”

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Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy Interviewed for an Article in TMC News

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Oct. 13: Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, professor, was interviewed for an Oct. 11 article in TMC News titled “The Engineer: Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., creates simple machines that save lives.”

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Dr. Jason Hou Mentioned in Article in MedPage Today

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Sept. 28: Dr. Jason Hou, associate professor, was mentioned in a Sept. 21 article in MedPage Today titled “’Not Going to Screw the Beneficiary’: What We Heard this Week.”

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Dr. Fasiha Kanwal Interviewed for Reuters Article

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Sept. 21: Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor, was interviewed for a Sept. 4 article in Reuters titled Severe fatty liver disease boosts risk for liver cancer.

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Dr. Jason Hou Interviewed for Article in MedPage Today

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Sept. 14: Dr. Jason Hou, assistant professor, was interviewed for a Sept. 6 article in MedPage Today titled Dietary Therapies for IBD Get a Closer Look.

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Dr. El-Serag Listed on Highly Cited Researchers

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Sept. 14: Drs. Hashem El-Serag, professor, and Christie Ballantyne, professor, Cardiology, were listed on the Clarivate Analytics 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List (defined as in the top one percent of cited authors), for the second year in a row, in the category of clinical research.

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Drs. Norman Sussman and Yamini Natarajan Participated in Health Forum

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Sept. 14: A multidisciplinary conference in conjunction with a Houston nonprofit, Doctors For Change, held its annual community health forum—Heal Your Liver: Addressing the Obesity Epidemic—on Sept. 12, covering NAFLD and obesity. Dr. Norman Sussman, associate professor, presented and served on the Q&A panel. Dr. Madhuri Vasudevan, instructor, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, also presented, and Dr. Yamini Natarajan, assistant professor, moderated the event.

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Dr. Fasiha Kanwal Interviewed for Article in The ASCO Post

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Sept. 14: Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor, was interviewed for an Aug. 29 article in The ASCO Post titled Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease May Be Risk Factor for Liver Cancer.

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U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital Rankings

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Aug. 15: The U.S. News & World Report Adult Hospital Rankings were released Tuesday and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, our joint venture hospital, as well as our hospital affiliates did quite well. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is ranked No. 4 in the state list of comprehensive hospitals. Baylor St. Luke’s is also the No. 2 hospital in the City of Houston. Memorial Hermann TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) is ranked 3rd in the country for rehabilitation care, and the Menninger Clinic took the No. 5 spot in psychiatric care.

The cardiology/heart surgery program at Baylor St. Luke’s is ranked No. 22, moving up from No. 24 last year. The neurology/neurosurgery program at Baylor St. Luke’s is ranked No. 34, up from No. 40 last year and the gastroenterology/GI surgery program is ranked 38, previously unranked. Other Baylor St. Luke’s service lines and procedures that received High Performing Hospital rankings included:

· The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor St. Luke’s
· Geriatrics
· Nephrology
· Ophthalmology
· Pulmonology
· Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
· Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
· Colon Cancer Surgery
· Heart Bypass Surgery
· Heart Failure

In June, U.S. News released their ranking of best children’s hospitals and Texas Children’s is again on the honor roll list, ranked No. 4 in the country. Texas Children’s is also ranked in 10 specialty categories with a No. 1 ranking in both pediatric cardiology/heart surgery and pediatric pulmonology.

Although U.S. News does not rank publicly funded hospitals, it is also important to acknowledge the tremendous outcomes at Ben Taub Hospital and the DeBakey VA Medical Center, both recognized as leaders in patient care.

Congratulations to our hospital partners and to the Baylor College of Medicine faculty, staff and trainees who are part of the healthcare teams providing high quality care to patients at our affiliated hospitals.

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Dr. Manreet Kaur Interviewed for Med Page Today Article

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Aug. 10: Dr. Manreet Kaur, assistant professor,  was interviewed for an Aug. 8 article in Med Page Today titled Indices of Colitis Inflammation All Reliable, Consistent.

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'Killer' Presentation Tips Focus of Grand Rounds

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Aug. 3: Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor, gave the first Grand Rounds of the season on Aug. 2, main Baylor, Room 112. His talk, which had more than 150 attendees, was titled “How to Give a ‘Killer’ Grand Rounds Presentation.” He also discussed changes in the Grand Rounds procedures, including the provision of food as well as a more case-based and interactive format.

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Dr. Hashem El-Serag Interviewed on Fox26 News

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July 20: Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor and chair, Department of Medicine, was interviewed on Fox26 news July 18 about the 43 percent surge in liver cancer deaths, according to new CDC data.

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Dr. Jason Hou Receives Funding for Advanced IBD Fellowship

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May 23: Dr. Jason Hou has received grant support for the Baylor College of Medicine Advanced IBD Fellowship (AY 2019-2020) from Pfeizer. The Advanced IBD Fellowship will provide supervised and structured training in the specialized diagnosis and care of patients with IBD, offer mentored training in clinical research in IBD, and supplement training in the implementation of quality improvement initiatives in IBD.

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Dr. Andrea Bradford Interviewed About Hypnotherapy in The Wall Street Journal

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May 11: Dr. Andrea Bradford, assistant professor, was interviewed for a May 7 article in The Wall Street Journal titled A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis.

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Meet the Master Series Features Dr. Graham

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May 4: Dr. David Graham is featured in the current issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Video GIE in the "Meet the Master" series. Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Dr. Graham's remarkable achievements in all facets of gastroenterology!

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5th Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference Abstract Winners

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April 27: Dr. Milena Gould Suarez, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Nathaniel Spezia-Lindner, medical student, were among the authors whose abstract, "Analyzing The Use of Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) in Acute Patient Care In a Safety-Net Hospital System," was one of two abstract winners for the Baylor College of Medicine 5th Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference. Nathaniel Spezia-Lindner presented an oral presentation at the conference, held April 26 at Onstead Auditorium.

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Dr. John Vierling to Present Dr. Charles S. Lieber Lecture

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April 20: Dr. John Vierling, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been asked to present the Dr. Charles S. Lieber Lecture at Digestive Disease Week, to be held June 2-5 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lieber was a pioneer clinician researcher in the area of alcoholic liver disease pathogenesis. Dr. Vierling, director of several BCM liver programs, will be presenting “Mechanisms of Autoimmune-Associated Liver Injury – How Are PBC, PSC and Autoimmune Hepatitis Alike and Different?”

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Dr. Jason Hou Interviewed for Time Article

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April 11: Dr. Jason Hou, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was interviewed for an April 11 article in Time titled You Asked: What Is Inflammation, And Why Should I Care About It? Dr. Hou discussed how heat, swelling and redness are hallmarks of inflammation, which occurs when your body experiences an injury or issue.

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IBD Clinical Trials Topic at Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Take Steps Kickoff

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April 7: Guillermina Cruz, Inflammatory Bowel Disease research coordinator, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was invited to give a talk on April 7 on IBD clinical trials to patients at the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Take Steps Kickoff in the Woodlands.

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Dr. David Graham Presents at Fifth Annual Ertan Lectureship

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April 6: Dr. David Graham, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was the guest speaker at the Fifth Annual Ertan Lectureship, on April 5 at UT McGovern Medical School. His talk was titled “Helicobacter Pylori as a Bacterial Cause of Gastric Cancer.”

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Study to Appear in Digestive Disease Week Press Program

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April 5: Drs. Phillip Levine, third-year fellow, and Kalpesh Patel, associate professor, both of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, have had their study, “Use of wearable sensors to assess stress response in endoscopy training,” selected for the press program at this year’s Digestive Disease Week 2018. The press program highlights some of the most important and newsworthy research being presented at the meeting and is the primary source reporters use to determine which study findings will be of interest to their readers

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Dr. Mary Estes' Research Featured in From the Labs

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March 23: Dr. Mary Estes, Distinguished Service Professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was the subject of a March 20 article in Baylor’s From The Labs titled Type of injury matters, when healing the small intestine.

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Dr. Ruben Hernaez Presents "Curative and Palliative Therapies for HCC"

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March 23: Dr. Ruben Hernaez, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, will be giving an online presentation on April 2 as part of the VA Liver Cancer Team Educational Seminar Series. His presentation will be called “Curative and Palliative Therapies for HCC.”

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Dr. David Graham Presents Lecture in Bucharest, Romania

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March 16: Dr. David Graham, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, gave the first annual Stefan S. Nicolau Lecture at the Faculty of Medicine, at the Carol Davila University of Medicine in Bucharest, Romania, on March 8. His topic was “Helicobacter pylori: a bacterial cause of gastric cancer.”

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“Physician Burnout: The Hidden Health Care Crisis” by Dr. Johanna Chan

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March 1: The article Physician Burnout: The Hidden Health Care Crisis co-written by Dr. Johanna Chan, assistant professor, was recently published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Dr. Robert Sealock Co-Writes Textbook Chapter

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Feb. 26: Dr. Robert Sealock, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, co-wrote Chapter 9, “Hepatobiliary Diseases in Patients with HIV Infection” in the textbook, The Sub-Specialty Care of HIV-Infected Patients, edited by Dr. Wayne Shandera.

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Dr. Khozema Hussain Invited to Speak at National VA Transplant Conference

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Feb. 23: Dr. Khozema Hussain, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and medical director of the Houston VA liver transplant program, was an invited speaker at the National VA Transplant Conference held in Salt Lake City in the first week of February.

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Dr. Mary Estes and Dr. Noah Shroyer's Research Project Published in Cell Reports

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Feb. 2: An important collaborative research project focusing on how the small intestine repairs itself, which resulted in a paper in the Jan. 23 edition of Cell Reports, also was covered in a Baylor College of Medicine News article Jan. 24. Winnie Zou, student, Medical Scientist Training Program, and Dr. Mary Estes, Distinguished Service Professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, were interviewed for the article. Others who participated in writing the paper are Min-Shan Chen, research assistant, and Dr. Noah Shroyer, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Advanced Endoscopy Annual Review

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Jan. 16: This year we witnessed tremendous growth in our advanced endoscopy group in terms of productivity, research projects, and reputation. This is not merely public relations work nor good marketing but it reflects superb service coupled with passion to serve the needs of each and every patient. These qualities are not only unique to the advanced endoscopy group alone, but is rooted in the Baylor College of Medicine practice culture, which is focused on innovation and excellent patient care. Congratulations to our dedicated team for our many accomplishments!

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Dr. Sahil Mittal featured in Healio

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Jan. 12: The work of Dr. Sahil Mittal, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was covered in a Jan. 5 article in Healio that reviewed research on liver cancer, titled 10 reports from 2017 on liver cancer incidence rates, major risk factors.

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Dr. Fasiha Kanwal Interviewed for MD Magazine

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Dec. 8, 2017

Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor and interim chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was interviewed for an article in MD Magazine titled “Researchers May Have Confirmed Whether HCV Treatment Poses Liver Cancer Risk.” The article covered a research project on the subject that she and colleagues recently conducted.

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Staff Recognized for Meeting and Exceeding Baylor College of Medicine Values

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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.

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Dr. Li Jiao Interviewed by the American Institute for Cancer Research

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Dec. 1, 2017

Dr. Li Jiao, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was interviewed by the American Institute for Cancer Research about a study she was involved in. The article is titled “Low-Fat Diet Effective in Reducing Pancreatic Cancer Risk Among Overweight Women” and appears in the Nov. 29 issues of the institute’s Cancer Research Update.

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Dr. Li Jiao Interviewed by the American Institute for Cancer Research

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Dec. 1, 2017

Dr. Li Jiao, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was interviewed by the American Institute for Cancer Research about a study she was involved in. The article is titled “Low-Fat Diet Effective in Reducing Pancreatic Cancer Risk Among Overweight Women” and appears in the Nov. 29 issues of the institute’s Cancer Research Update.

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Dr. Richa Shukla Featured in BCM's Momentum Series

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Nov. 17, 2017

Dr. Richa Shukla, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was the subject of a blog that appeared in BCM’s Momentum series on Nov. 13, titled “Healthy Habits: Planning meals, setting exercise goals key for Dr. Richa Shukla.

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Dr. Hashem El-Serag Interviewed for KVEO's RGVproud

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Nov. 3, 2017

Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and chair, Department of Medicine, was interviewed for an article for KVEO’s RGVproud, titled “October Is Liver Cancer Awareness Month.” Dr. El-Serag describes the importance of early detection.

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One-Day Behavioral Therapy for IBD Patients

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Nov. 3, 2017

A paper co-written by Dr. Jason Hou, assistant professor, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, titled “One-day behavioral intervention for patients with inflammatory bowel disease and co-occurring psychological distress” was highlighted in GI & Hepatology News for the week ending Oct. 15, under their section called “Clinical Edge: Summaries of Must-Read Clinical Literature, Guidelines, and FDA Actions.”

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Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy Featured in India’s The Hindu

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Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD
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Oct. 13, 2017

Drs. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, professor, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, and Arun Rajan, associate professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, also both with Baylor Global Initiatives, were featured in an article in India’s The Hindu, entitled “Emergency smart pods for India a possibility.” The physicians had traveled to India to see whether an emergency pod Baylor developed could be made and used there. The pod expands into a clinic that was developed to be used during emergencies. Global Initiatives, however, is hoping it can be used to provide healthcare services to areas devoid of adequate medical care.

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First Endoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for Weight Loss

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Endoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
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Sept. 27, 2017

Dr. Wasif Abidi, assistant professor, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, performed the first endoscopic sleeve gastrectomy at Baylor College of Medicine Sept. 27, 2017.

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Meeting with Representative Gene Green

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GI Faculty with Representative Gene Green
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Aug. 23, 2017

On Aug. 22, members of the Baylor College of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology – Richa Shukla, M.D.; Yamini Natarajan, M.D.; and Jordan Shapiro, M.D. – met with U.S. Representative Gene Green from Texas’ 29th Congressional District as part of the American Gastroenterological Association’s efforts to link constituents with local representatives. The group discussed the importance of supporting increases in NIH-funding to maintain similar levels based on biomedical research inflation, the importance of screening colonoscopy, and improving access to care by opposing the repeal of the ACA.

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BCM Medical School Curriculum Committee Application Status

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Milena Suarez, M.D.
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Aug. 23, 2017

The Baylor College of Medicine Medical School Curriculum Committee invited Dr. Milena Suarez Gould to become a voting member of the committee. Her membership will officially begin in September 2017 until June 30, 2019.

The Baylor Medical School Curriculum Committee, as defined by the LCME, is the “institutional body that oversees the medical education program as a whole and has responsibility for the overall design, management, integration, evaluation, and enhancement of a coherent and coordinated medical curriculum” (LCME Element 8.1).

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Liver Magic 100!

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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.

 

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Dr. Kanwal interviewed for Gastroenterology Journal

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Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS
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Aug. 14, 2017

Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, Professor and Interim Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was interviewed in an article by Mark Fuerst (see attached), entitled “Direct-acting Antivirals Reduce Risk of Liver Cancer.” The article reviews research Dr. Kanwal and others conducted and the resulting article published in Gastroenterology in June 2017, Risk of Hepatocellular Cancer in HCV Patients Treated With Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents.

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Introduction to Endoscopy Course

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6th Annual Introduction to Endoscopy Course Group
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July 24, 2017

On July 8, 2017, the 6th Annual Introduction to Endoscopy Course occurred at the Baylor Simulation Center. This course highlights Baylor GI section's dedication to endoscopic education at the local as well as statewide level.

This one day course included a morning didactic sessions taught by advanced endoscopy faculty from across the Texas Medical Center on topics ranging from the basics of colonoscopy, informed consent, endoscopic reporting, and electrocautery in endoscopy. The afternoon was comprised of a hands-on course with five stations utilizing animal models and fully equipped endoscopic towers.

A total of 28 fellows from Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist-Houston, Texas Children's Hospital, UTMB, UT-Houston, and UT-San Antonio participated. The following BCM faculty participated: Wasif Abidi, Clark Hair, Doug Fishman, Avi Ketwaroo, and Mohammed Othman. The course was co-directed by RJ Sealock and Kalpesh Patel.

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Dr. Qureshi Abstract Selection for ACG 2017

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July 21, 2017

Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has had an abstract selected for oral presentation at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017 meeting, to be held in October in Orlando, Florida. The selected abstract is titled Paper V4: Office Management of Acute Thrombosed Hemorrhoids in a Pregnant Patient.

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Advanced Endoscopy News

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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!

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Welcome Dr. Wasif Abidi

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March 30, 2017

Dr. Wasif Abidi has joined the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine as an assistant professor. As a full-time member of the Baylor Faculty Group Practice, Dr. Abidi will work towards building a strong bariatric endoscopy practice with a focus on primary weight loss procedures and managing the complications of bariatric surgery. This program will fill a major gap in clinical services and will further Baylor’s status as a leader in GI endoscopy and therapeutics. Dr. Abidi will start seeing patients in the Baylor Clinic (10th floor McNair) and conducting inpatient rounds at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center.

Dr. Abidi completed his M.D. and Ph.D. at NYU School of Medicine, followed by an internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and a GI/advanced endoscopy fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University.

We are excited to have him join the Baylor DOM family.

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Congratulations to Dr. Nisreen Husain, Ngoc Duong and VA GI Faculty on Successful First GI Prime Care

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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.

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Dr. Sellin, GI Faculty Contribute to Book, "Managing GI Complications of Diabetes"

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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!

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Newly Passed Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act Likely to Benefit

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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!

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Dr. Bradford Published in American Psychological Association Magazine

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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.

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Dr. Ketwaroo's Article Featured in GI & Hepatology News

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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!