Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor of medicine – gastroenterology and hepatology, has been named the Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Chair of the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, effective Jan. 1.
El-Serag takes on this new role after nine years as chief of the gastroenterology and hepatology section at Baylor. During this time, the section had considerable growth and success in its clinical, research and education missions with the recruitment of more than 30 new faculty members and establishment of multidisciplinary clinical and research programs in inflammatory bowel disease, advanced endoscopy and chronic liver disease, as well as NIH funded research fellowship training. He will continue to hold his position as the director of the Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center and also will continue in his clinical practice.
“As an internationally recognized physician-scientist, Dr. El-Serag understands the College’s strategic vision that combines research, clinical and education components,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor College of Medicine. “I’m looking forward to working with him in this key leadership position.”
El-Serag earned his medical degree from Al-Arab Medical University in Libya. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Greenwich Hospital, Yale University, and a fellowship in clinical gastroenterology at the University of New Mexico. While there he also earned a master of public health degree.
He has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has contributed to numerous books and reviews related to digestive disorders and hepatology. He has more than 50 peer reviewed research grants and currently is funded by multiple National Institutes of Health and Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grants. He also has held visiting professorships with other institutions in the United States and internationally over the past decade. He currently is the editor in chief for Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology, American Gastroenterological Association Journal.
Among his many distinguished awards and recognitions include “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” in the area of Clinical Medicine by Thompson Reuter, Baylor’s Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award in 2016, the Blue Faery Award for Excellence in Liver Cancer Research and inclusion in Texas Super Doctors for several years. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigators and American Association of Physicians.
“I am deeply honored by this choice, and I look forward to working with my colleagues at the College to serve and lead the Department of Medicine to new levels of excellence in research, clinical care and education,” El-Serag said.