Department of Medicine

Gastroenterology and Hepatology Faculty Recognition

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2022

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Dr. Lukasz Kwapisz Receives Department of Medicine Scholarly Time Award

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June 30: Dr. Lukasz Kwapisz successfully competed for the Department of Medicine Scholarly Time award for his application "Development and expansion of clinical trials at Baylor College of Medicine Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic. Only five individuals in the department received the Scholarly Time Award for 2022.

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Dr. Salmaan Jawaid Receives Department of Medicine Scholarly Time Award

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June 30: Dr. Salmaan Jawaid successfully competed for the Department of Medicine Scholarly Time award for his application "Effectiveness of a clinical education pathway on the management of complex colorectal polyps amongst gastroenterology trainees and faculty”. Only five individuals in the department received the Scholarly Time award for 2022.

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Dr. Milena Gould Suarez received the Women of Excellence Award

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March 30: Dr. Milena Gould Suarez is a recipient of the 2021-2022 Baylor College of Medicine Women of Excellence Award. This award celebrates individuals who exemplify Baylor’s Values, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to issues that affect women at Baylor College of Medicine or in the larger community.

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Dr. Ayse Leyla Mindikoglu received the Women of Excellence Award

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March 30: Dr. Ayse Leyla Mindikoglu is a recipient of the 2021-2022 Baylor College of Medicine Women of Excellence Award. This award celebrates individuals who exemplify Baylor’s Values, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to issues that affect women at Baylor College of Medicine or in the larger community.

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Dr. Jason Mills inducted in the American Physicians Association

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Dr. Jason Mills has been inducted in the American Physicians Association. The AAP is an honorary medical society founded in 1885 by Sir William Osler and six other distinguished physicians of his era for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” 

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Drs. Graham and El-Serag are Two of the top three most cited researchers at Baylor

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Jan. 21: Drs. Graham and El-Serag are two of the top three most cited researchers at Baylor. Drs. Kanwal, Vierling, Thrift, and Malaty are also included in the top 2% most frequently cited scientists worldwide. Read more.

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Dr. Jason Mills has been invited by Gastroenterology for a new three-year term on their Editorial Board

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Jan. 17: Dr. Jason Mills has been invited by gastroenterology for a new three-year term on their editorial board. As a member he will review manuscripts, provide input on a variety of policies and issues, and will be requested to serve as a guest associate editor on certain occasions. 
 

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Dr. Maya Balakrishnan was rated as the top 0.26% by Expertscape’s PubMed-based algorithm

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Jan. 17: Dr. Maya Balakrishnan was rated as the top 0.26% by Expertscape’s PubMed-based algorithm. She is labeled an “Expert” for her writing about Fatty Liver Disease. A tweet will be made live on Expertscape on Jan. 21 to announce Dr. Balakrishnan's accomplishment.

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Dr. Natalia Khalaf will serve as the lead for GI and Hepatology Research Conference

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Jan. 17: Dr. Natalia Khalaf will serve as the lead for the GI and Hepatology Research Conference for the section. 

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2021

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Dr. Wasif Abidi Receives Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care

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Dec. 21: Dr. Wasif Abidi received the Baylor College of Medicine Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care. The Annual Early Career Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care honors outstanding contributions to the College’s clinical mission by up and coming Baylor faculty members.

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Dr. Richa Shukla Receives Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care

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Dec. 21: Dr. Richa Shukla received the Baylor College of Medicine Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care. The Annual Early Career Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care honors outstanding contributions to the College’s clinical mission by up and coming Baylor faculty members.

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Dr. Ruben Hernaez Receives Norton Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award

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Nov. 30: Dr. Ruben Hernaez, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Teaching and Evaluation, was presented the Norton Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award.

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Dr. George Cholankeril Receives AASLD Early Career Investigator Award

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Nov. 30: Dr. George Cholankeril, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was selected by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Foundation Board of Trustees to receive the Early Career Investigator Award in Clinical/Translational Science for the abstract, ”Association between Longitudinal changes in markers of liver fibrosis and risk for hepatocellular carcinoma in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.” The abstract will be presented at the AASLD Virtual Liver Meeting 2021.

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Dr. Andrea Bradford Named Incoming Journal Editor-in-Chief

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Nov. 19: Dr. Andrea Bradford has been named the incoming editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Dr. Bradford will formally assume the role in 2023 after a transition period over the next calendar year.

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Dr. Mimi Tan Selected Harris Health's Physician Champion of the Quarter

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Nov. 19: Dr. Mimi Tan was selected as the Harris Health's Physician Champion of the Quarter (Third Quarter 2021).

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Dr. John Vierling Receives 2021 AASLD Distinguished Service Award

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Nov. 12: The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual in honor of his or her sustained service to American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases or the liver disease community in general. The award recognizes service provided to the community of hepatology researchers and clinicians over an extended period; service that is well above and beyond that provided by many members who serve on the Governing Board and Committees of AASLD.

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Dr. David Graham Rated Top 0.1% by Expertscape’s PubMed-based Algorithm

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Nov. 8: Dr. David Graham was rated as the top 0.1% by Expertscape’s PubMed-based algorithm. He is labeled a “World Expert” for his scholar writing about Stomach Neoplasms over the past 10 years.

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Expertscape Honors

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Oct. 18: Dr. Hashem El-Serag, Dr. David Graham, and Dr. Noah Shroyer have been highlighted in Expertscape as being in the top 1% - considered World Experts – in their fields for the period 2011-2021. 

Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

  • Ranked 0.1% for Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Ranked 0.15% for Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

Dr. David Graham, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

  • Ranked 0.059% for Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Ranked 0.045% for Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

Dr. Mohamed Othman, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

  • Ranked 0.82% for Gastrointestinal Tract

Dr. Noah Shroyer, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

  • Ranked 0.098% for Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Ranked 0.2% for Intestinal Mucosa
  • Ranked 0.38% for Small Intestine
     
Mimi

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Dr. Mimi Tan Receives NIH Loan Repayment Program Award

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Aug. 13: Dr. Mimi Tan was awarded the NIH Loan Repayment Program Award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The LRP award is designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers by repaying a portion of their qualified educational debt. 

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Dr. Reena Chokshi Receives Department of Medicine Scholarly Tme Award

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July 12: Dr. Reena Chokshi successfully competed for the Department of Medicine Scholarly Time award for her application “Development of a Novel Smart Phone Application for Gastrointestinal Motility Education”. Only six individuals in the department received the Scholarly Time award for 2021.

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Dr. George Cholankeril and Dr. Kanwal’s Poster

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June 25: Dr. George Cholankeril and Dr. Kanwal’s poster entitled, “Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on liver transplantation and alcohol-associate liver disease in the United States,” has been accepted as a poster presentation at EASL’s International Liver Congress 2021. From this Dr. Cholankeril received the young investigator award and will be interviewed by Medscape regarding his findings. 

Mimi

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Dr. Mimi Tan Named to BCM Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee

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June 25: Dr. Mimi Tan has been selected as a member of the BCM Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee and will contribute to the selection of future Baylor medical students. 

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Dr. Fred Sutton has been elected as the BCM Office of Admissions Faculty Co-chair

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June 25: Dr. Fred Sutton has been elected as the BCM Office of Admissions faculty co-chair. He will oversee admissions committee policy, practices, and admissions decisions. 

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Dr. Ruben Hernaez Named Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Top Reviewer

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June 11: Dr. Ruben Hernaez is the top reviewer for Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Reviewers are the cornerstone of the peer-review process, helping to ensure that the science published is rigorous and of the utmost quality. 

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Dr. Kalpesh Patel Named TIGE Top Reviewer and Receives TSGE Nomination

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June 11: Dr. Kalpesh Patel is the top reviewer for Techniques and Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Reviewers are the cornerstone of the peer-review process, helping to ensure that the science published is rigorous and of the utmost quality. 

June 11: Dr. Patel was also nominated for a position as a TSGE councilor, a voting member of the Governing Board. This will be a two-year term, beginning September 2021.

 

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Dr. RJ Sealock Serves as ASGE Mentor

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June 7: Dr. RJ Sealock, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was selected to serve as a mentor in the ASGE Mentorship Program. 

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Dr. John Vierling Receives Distinguished Service Award

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June 1: Dr. John Vierling, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is the recipient of the 2021 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Distinguished Service Award, given in honor of sustained serviced to AASLD and the liver disease community.

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Dr. Dr. Hashem El-Serag Named to St. Luke’s Health System Board of Directors

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May 28: Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology and chair, Department of Medicine, has been appointed to the St. Luke’s Health System Board of Directors. 

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Dr. David Graham to Receive Beaumont Prize

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May 21: Dr. David Graham has been selected to receive the 2021 William Beaumont Prize in Gastroenterology. This prize recognizes an individual who has made a unique, outstanding contribution of major importance to the field of gastroenterology. Dr. Graham's fundamental discoveries and contributions to the field of GI infections and injury have had a world-wide impact on the care of patients with digestive disease.

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Dr. Suneal Agarwal Receives 'That’s The Way Visit’ Award

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May 10: Dr. Suneal Agarwal was selected to be the recipient of the ‘That’s The Way Visit’ Award. He received the award based on the below comment from one of his patients:

“Although I felt I needed input from a pulmonologist and hematologist prior to scheduling procedures with Dr. Agarwal, (e.g., nose catheter tests and endoscopy/colonoscopy), Dr. Agarwal provided comprehensive and clear information about the GI procedures once the other two specialists cleared me to proceed. Dr. Agarwal is a very good communicator, and because I am 'slower' in my current condition, Dr. Agarwal even slowed his speech so I could write down the information he asked me to covey to the other two specialists. He showed no judgment or frustration with the limitations imposed by my condition.”

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Dr. Hemant Roy Named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Ben Taub Hospital

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May 10: Dr. Hemant Roy was named associate dean of academic affairs at Ben Taub Hospital. In this role, he will serve as a resource for faculty and learners at Ben Taub Hospital and Ambulatory Clinics at Harris Health, with a focus on developing education, research, and faculty affairs activities/infrastructure. Dr. Roy is chief of the medicine service at Ben Taub and a senior faculty member in the Department of Medicine.

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Dr. Kanwal, Dr. Natarajan, and Dr. El-Serag - Accepted Papers

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May 7: Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, Dr. Yamini Natarajan, and Dr. Hashem El-Serag “Preparing for the NASH Epidemic: A Call to Action” has been accepted for publication in Gastroenterology.

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Dr. Stribling, Dr. Sealock, Dr. Sheikh, and Dr. Shukla - Feedback from a Medical Resident

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May 7: “The highest yield (steepest learning curve) clinics I was assigned to be the Hepatology Transplant Clinic with Dr. Stribling and the Pancreaticobiliary clinic with Dr. Sealock. Those two clinics hit on a lot of topics we see frequently but don't get formal training on. I enjoyed having time with the McNair outpatient clinic as well, both Dr. Sheikh and Dr. Shukla were fantastic teachers.”

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Dr. Suarez - Feedback from a First Year Student

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May 7: To Dr. Suarez -  “Thank you for a wonderful year in PPS. I cannot tell you just how much I appreciated your patience as we learned new skills, kindness in listening to our stories and struggles, and generosity in teaching us everything from OLDCARTS to how to do a physical exam. Much of this year has felt just hard and anonymous, and I always looked forward to our class as a refreshing change from that.”

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Dr. Nisreen Husain Selected for Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award

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May 7: Dr. Nisreen Husain is selected for the Baylor College of Medicine Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award in the category of Teaching and Evaluation.  

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Dr. Hashem El-Serag Appointed Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology at UT

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April 16: Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and chair, Department of Medicine, has been appointed an adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s School of Public Health.

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Castle Connolly Top Doctors for 2021

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April 5: The following faculty have been recognized as Castle Connolly Top Doctors for 2021.

Dr. Manreet Kaur, Dr. John Vierling, Dr. Jim Schwartz, Dr. David Graham, Dr. Jason Hou, Dr. Waqar Qureshi, Dr. Kalpesh Patel, Dr. Hashem El-Serag, Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, Dr. Mohamed Othman

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Dr. Ruben Hernaez named to American Gastroenterological Association Institute Clinical Guidelines Committee

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April 15: Dr. Ruben Hernaez, assistant professor, gastroenterology and hepatology, has accepted a position to serve a two-year term as a member of the American Gastroenterological Association Institute Clinical Guidelines Committee. He also agreed to serve an additional year on their Research Awards Panel.

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Dr. Maya Balakrishnan Receives Star Patient Care Award

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March 1: Dr. Maya Balakrishnan received the Baylor College of Medicine Star Patient Care Award. She will be recognized for this award at Baylor’s Awards Day celebration May 2021.

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Dr. Kalpesh Patel Receives Star Patient Care Award

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March 1: Dr. Kalpesh Patel received the Baylor College of Medicine Star Patient Care Award. He will be recognized for this award at Baylor’s Awards Day celebration May 2021.

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Dr. Richa Shukla to Serve as Associate Program Director

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Feb. 4: Dr. Richa Shukla will step into the role of the associate program director for the Baylor GI fellowship at Ben Taub Hospital. Dr. Shukla’s responsibilities will include overseeing clinical operation for the fellows at Ben Taub, participating in fellowship recruitment and curriculum development.

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Dr. Mimi Tan Named T32 Associate Program Director

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Feb. 4: Dr. Mimi Tan joins the fellowship leadership in a new role of T32 associate program director. In this role, Dr. Tan will provide mentoring and support of the T32 fellows, oversee the T32 lecture series and participate in T32 fellow recruitment.

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Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy trains on Smart Pod

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Feb. 4: Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, professor of gastroenterology and hepatology, and director of Baylor Global Health is training Smart Pod providers through case-based telementoring sessions focused on COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment and vaccination.

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Dr. Qureshi selected to TSGE

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Feb. 5: Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been selected to the Education Committee of the Texas Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

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Dr. Mohamed Othman Inducted AGA Fellow

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Jan. 24: Dr. Mohamed Othman was recently inducted into the American Gastroenterology Association Fellowship. AGA honors superior professional achievement in clinical private or academic practice and in basic or clinical research with fellowship in the organization (AGAF). Fellowships are awarded to members whose accomplishments and contributions demonstrate personal commitment to the field of gastroenterology.

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Dr. Suarez Promoted to Director of GI Fellowship

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Jan. 7: Dr. Milena Gould Suarez, associate professor of medicine, will step into the role of the program director for GI Fellowship.  To allow seamless transition, Drs. Hou and Suarez will serve as co-directors for the current academic year. Dr. Suarez has made substantial contributions to the education mission of the Section and the College.  She served as the course director for second-year medical student Gastroenterology and Hepatology module since 2014, associate program director for the Fellowship since 2015, and learning community squad director at the medical school since 2019. 

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Dr. Hou Appointed Interim Section Chief of GI and Hepatology

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Jan. 7: Dr. Jason Hou, associate professor of medicine, will serve as the interim section chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Dr. Hou has served as the program director of the GI Fellowship for the last five years.  He is a clinician scientist with grant funding from the NIH and the Veterans Administration. He brings a wealth of administrative, research and clinical experience to his new role. Dr. Rhonda Cole will continue to serve as the associate chief of the VA GI section.  

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2020

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Dr. Chokshi Awarded for Excellence in Patient Care

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Dec. 18: Dr. Reena Chokshi received the Baylor College of Medicine Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care. The Annual Early Career Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care honors outstanding contributions to the College’s clinical mission by up and coming Baylor faculty members.

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Dr. Hernaez Awarded for Excellence in Patient Care

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Dec. 18: Dr. Ruben Hernaez received the Baylor College of Medicine Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care. The Annual Early Career Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care honors outstanding contributions to the College’s clinical mission by up and coming Baylor faculty members.

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Dr. Ketwaroo Awarded for Excellence in Patient Care

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Dec. 18: Dr. Gyanprakash Ketwaroo received the Baylor College of Medicine Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care. The Annual Early Career Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care honors outstanding contributions to the College’s clinical mission by up and coming Baylor faculty members.

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Dr. Patel to Join the World Endoscopy Organization Education Webinar Committee

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Dec. 11: Dr. Kal Patel, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was invited as one of the 45 international endoscopists to join the World Endoscopy Organization Education Webinar Committee. The aim of the committee of experts is to create free-access, enduring educational videos for GI Endoscopy training across the world. 

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Dr. Khaderi Selected for Baylor College of Medicine Career Advancement Series

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Dec. 8: Dr. Saira Khaderi has been selected for the Assistant Professors 2020-2021 cohort for the Baylor College of Medicine Career Advancement Series. The goal of this series is to provide tools to enhance leadership skills and assist with professional and personal goals for advancement for Baylor College of Medicine early career and mid-career faculty in all departments, academic centers and schools.

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Dr. Suarez Receives Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award

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Dec. 4: Dr. Milena Gould Suarez received the Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award for Educational Leadership. This award recognizes faculty for their significant leadership in a range of curriculum development or educational administration which matches or exceeds the record presented in the standard-setting. Dr. Gould will be recognized for her accomplishment during Baylor’s Awards Day celebration in May 2021.

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Dr. El-Serag Among the Most Cited Authors

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Nov. 6: Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor and Margaret M. Alkek Distinguished Chair in Medicine, leads PLoS Biology/Mendeley's global list of 217 Baylor faculty among the mot cited authors in their disciplines. His citation indicators place him in the top-cited 2% of scientists in gastroenterology and hepatology for 2019 and over his career.

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Dr. Qureshi Selected as a 2020 Texas Super Doctors Finalist

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Oct. 16: Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor of gastroenterology and hepatology, has been selected as a 2020 Texas Super Doctors finalist.

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Dr. Kanwal Invited as Co-Chair of AGA GI Division Chief’s Consortium

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July 9: Dr. Fasiha Kanwal has been invited to serve as the co-chair of the American Gastroenterological Association GI Division Chief’s Consortium. This group serves as an important platform for GI Division Leaders to meet and exchange ideas, share mutual concerns and develop strategies to enhance the core missions of clinical care, education and research while benefitting the GI community.

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Dr. Othman Selected as the William T. Butler Endowed Chair

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April 16: Dr. Mohamed Othman has been selected as the William T. Butler Endowed Chair for Distinguished Faculty for his expertise in advanced endoscopy practice and training.

Waqar

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Dr. Waqar Qureshi Received the Master Clinician Award for Excellence in Patient Care

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April 8: Dr. Waqar Qureshi received the Master Clinician Award for Excellence in Patient Care. This award recognizes faculty for their exemplary contributions to the patient care mission of Baylor College of Medicine through clinical excellence, leadership, mentoring, clinical innovation and continuous service to the Baylor community.

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Dr. Suarez Part of ACG SCOPY Award-winning Project

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Aug. 7: The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Outreach and Health Disparities has been selected for the American College of Gastroenterology 2020 SCOPY Award, “Grand SCOPY,” for its “Light the Night Blue: A Colorectal Cancer Awareness Initiative.” The assistance of Dr. Milena Gould Suarez, associate professor, with informative media appearances helped disseminate the information city-wide. ACG’s SCOPY recognizes achievements in education and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention.