Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
GI Section Chief
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Houston, Texas
Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center
Houston, Texas
Program Leader
Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program
Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Duncan Professorship
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Editor in Chief
Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Journal
Chairman and Professor
Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


MPH from University of New Mexico
Fellowship at University of New Mexico
Internship at St. Michael's Medical Center
Residency at Greenwich Hospital/Yale University
Internal Medicine
MD from Al-Arab Medical University


Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

That's the way!
An award given by BCM in recognition of exceptional patient service due to feedback from patients.
“World Most Influential Scientific Minds, 2014” in the area of Clinical Medicine by Thompson Reuter
American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA)
Member, Association American Physicians (AAP)
Texas Super Doctors
Blue Faery Award for Excellence in Liver Cancer Research
Charles Mörtel Lecture, International Cancer Society
Best Doctors in America®
Houston’s Best Doctors
American Society for Clinical Investigators (ASCI)
The American College of Gastroenterology Research Award
The American Gastroenterological Association’s Master’s Award in Clinical Research
John M. Eisenberg Memorial Lectureship on Therapeutics Research
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Research Award
The American Gastroenterological Association’s representative to the Japan AGA/GRG Symposium
Gastroenterology Research Group (GRG) Young Clinical Investigator Award
The American Digestive Health Foundation Research Award
The American College of Gastroenterology Research Award
Department of Veterans Affairs “Special Contribution Award” for published research on hepatocellular carcinoma
Research mentor Award, University of New Mexico
The “Medical University Award”
The American Clinical and Climatological Association (AAP)

Professional Interests

  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Dyspepsia and gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Screening and surveillance of GI and liver cancers
  • Epidemiology and outcomes of digestive disorders
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Colonoscopy
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Professional Statement

Message from the Chief

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 mission.

We specialize in the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of digestive tract and liver diseases and combine compassion and common sense with the most advanced tests and procedures. Our mission is to provide outstanding care to patients and their families, using state-of-the-art training and education in clinical and research aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology.

Our section includes outstanding, nationally and internationally recognized faculty members; a comprehensive, highly sought-after fellowship training program with an NIH T-32 funded research training track; and diverse clinical practice in several medical facilities (Baylor Clinic, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center). The Baylor College of Medicine Liver Health Program is one of the nation's best.

Additionally, we conduct cutting-edge clinical and translational research that advances science and clinical care through our partnerships with the Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center, Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Houston VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence. Many of our investigators hold highly competitive, peer-reviewed grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs and national gastrointestinal societies.

Selected Publications