The mission of the Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center (TMC DDC) is to facilitate on-going digestive diseases research, promote translational research between basic and clinical areas, develop new projects, nurture new investigators, and provide GI educational activities.
Our Pilot/Feasibility and Enrichment Programs support innovative ideas and new investigators in digestive diseases research and foster collaboration which is a key focus of the TMC DDC. The Center draws together a multidisciplinary group of investigators, including basic scientists with proven track records of success, and well-coordinated clinical programs dealing with pediatric and adult GI patients.
TMC DDC leaders are senior scientists-administrators experienced in directing interactive, multidisciplinary programs. The large, multi-ethnic population of infants and adults with digestive diseases emphasizes the need and the opportunities for the TMC DDC. Various groups involved in GI research and education in the Texas Medical Center work hand in hand with the Center. It is one of only fourteen such NIDDK-funded centers in the United States which promotes coordinated digestive disease activities. The TMC DDC is the only NIH NIDDK-funded digestive diseases center in the southwest United States.
Hashem B. El-Serag, M.D., M.P.H.
Mary K. Estes, Ph.D
Doug Burrin, Ph.D.
Lopa Mishra, M.D.
Lenard M. Lichtenberger, Ph.D.
TMC DDC Internal Advisory Committee
Milton Finegold, M.D.
David Y. Graham, M.D.
Marc Rhoads, M.D.
Benjamin Shneider, M.D.
Noah Shroyer, Ph.D.
Sundararajah Thevananther, Ph.D.
Karen Uray, Ph.D.
James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.
TMC DDC External Advisory Committee
Anna Mae Diehl, M.D.
Professor, Medicine; Chief, Gastroenterology
Duke University Medical Center, Durham
Robert Sandler, M.D., M.P.H.
Nina and John Sessions Distinguished Professor of Medicine
GI Division Chief, Emeritus
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Director, Division of Nutrition
Harvard Medical School, Boston
Don W. Powell, M.D.
Professor, Internal Medicine & Neuroscience and Cell Biology
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Deborah C Rubin, M.D.
Professor, Medicine - Gastroenterology
Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis
Gary D. Wu, M.D.
Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
TMC DDC Administrator
Sara M. Tristan