Positions

Professor
Medicine-Gastroenterology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
GI Section Chief (2007-2016)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Houston, Texas
Director
Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center
Houston, Texas
Editor in Chief (2012-2017)
Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Journal
http://www.cghjournal.org/
Chair and Professor
Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States

Education

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

Certifications

Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
Gastroenterology
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 Chair

The Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine is the largest adult practice department at Baylor College of Medicine, with more than 560 full-time and 380 volunteer faculty members, 228 medical residents, 157 subspecialty trainees, 41 post-doctoral research fellows, 11 graduate students, and a staff of nearly 351, working in 14 departmental sections, 3 clinic centers and 7 research centers.

We provide a full spectrum of high-quality primary and subspecialty healthcare at the Baylor Clinic, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, and our affiliate hospitals, including Ben Taub Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Texas Children's Pavilion for Women.

Our departmental research initiatives span the continuum of biomedical research from basic to clinical and attract $48M in total extramural funding, including nearly $35M from the NIH and other federal sources.

Our mission is to lead the discovery of new knowledge to advance the medicine of tomorrow, educate the leaders of Internal Medicine, and provide compassionate care of the highest quality to our patients, while promoting healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.

Selected Publications