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VA Physician Appointed Section Chief at Baylor College of Medicine

April 4, 2007

HOUSTON – On March 30, 2007, Baylor College of Medicine announced the appointment of Hashem El-Serag, M.D., M.P.H., a staff physician in the Research Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), as the new chief for its Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section effective July 1, 2007.

El-Serag currently holds joint appointments in the Sections of Health Services Research and Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine and the MEDVAMC. He obtained his Internal Medicine training at Greenwich Hospital/ Yale University and a clinical gastroenterology fellowship from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He was awarded the Glaxo-Wellcome Digestive Health Foundation Award for Health Care Advancement for the years 1996 and 1997. He has received extensive grant funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, numerous foundations, as well as private industry.

During that period, El-Serag obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health form the University of New Mexico. His main research interests include epidemiology, management, and outcomes of gastroesphageal reflux disease as well as hepatocellular carcinoma. He has utilized large data base analyses, clinical trials, and mathematical modeling in his research projects, and has more than 130 publications.  Several of his studies were published in notable journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Gut, and The American Journal of Gastroenterology. El-Serag is also the recipient of the VA Research Career Development Award.

"Dr. El-Serag is committed to providing state of the art, evidence-based care for our veterans with gastroesophageal reflux disease and Hepatitis C. An extremely talented physician, he is also dedicated to educating the next generation of leaders in gastroenterology and hepatology,” said Thomas B. Horvath, M.D., F.R.A.C.P., MEDVAMC chief of staff.

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