Corporate Officers
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


BA from Yale University
English Literature
MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine
MD with distinction in Research, Molecular Biology
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center
Intern & Resident
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center
Fellow, Division of Gastroenterology


American Board of Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

Zelig A. Rosen Award for Excellence in Cardiology
Medical Society of the State of NY Award for Outstanding Community Service
AMSA/National Health Service Corps Award for a Community Service Project: The Einstein Youth Violence Program
Ciba-Geigy Award for Outstanding Community Service by a Medical Student
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) National Broadstreet Pump Award in Public Health
David E. Rogers Memorial Research Award Finalist, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
Chief fellow in Gastroenterology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
FOCDD Database Development Award Recipient, Barrett’s Esophagus Database
Gulf Coast Digestive Disease Center (DDC) Pilot Project Award Recipient “Fluorescence and Reflectance Imaging in Barrett’s Esophagus
Director, Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Database (BEAD) and Program, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
The Global Directory of Who’s Who “Top Doctors”

Professional Interests

  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Endoscopy: EGD, Colonoscopy, Endoscopic Ablation (Radiofrequency Ablation and Cryotherapy) , Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Early Cancer Detection and Advanced Imaging: Confocal Microendoscopy, Fluorescent Imaging, Magnification Endoscopy

Professional Statement

Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine in Gastroenterology and Director of Baylor Global Initiatives and the Baylor Global Innovation Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. In her current role, she oversees Baylor’s global programs and affiliations. The Baylor Global Innovation Center seeks to develop novel, environmentally appropriate technologies and approaches to addressing global disease burden. This includes the development and validation of innovative mobile-applications for clinical care, point-of care diagnostic technologies, and portable, low-cost devices for the diagnosis and management of chronic, non-communicable diseases worldwide.

An advanced gastrointestinal endoscopist by training, Dr. Anandasabapathy’s research focus involves the development and validation of novel technologies for diagnosis of early gastrointestinal cancer. She is currently Principal Investigator on three grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute, and eight clinical trials focused on the development of low-cost, battery-operated, portable technologies for the endoscopic diagnosis of esophageal, gastric and colon cancers. These trials are currently being conducted in the United States, Africa, China, Mexico and Honduras. In addition, she and her group are involved in several projects which seek to develop innovative technological approaches to addressing cancer and other chronic diseases in low-resource areas, such as West Africa (The Gambia), India, China and Central America. These involve the development of tablet-based reporting and documentation platforms, sedation/anesthesia and procedure-based training modules, and environmentally-appropriate innovations (battery-operated technologies, etc.). These partnerships involve active, extensive collaborations with other academic centers (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Rice University, Harvard University), NGOs, and Foundations.

In addition to her primary appointment at Baylor, Dr. Anandasabapathy also holds an adjunct appointment in Bioengineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She holds a B.A. in English literature from Yale University and an M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and her gastroenterology fellowship at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY.

Selected Publications


American Gastroenterological Association
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American College of Gastroenterology
New York Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Investigator, GLNE (Great Lake- New England Clinical Epidemiology Center), National Cancer Institute’s Early Detection Research Network (EDRN)
Chair, American Gastroenterological Association’s Imaging & Advanced Technology Abstract Review Committee
Reviewer, American Gastroenterological Association’s Confocal Endoscopy Abstract Review Committee
American Gastroenterological Association’s Research Awards Committee
American Gastroenterological Association’s Nominating Committee