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Houston VA Doc’s Article Rated #1 by Medical Journal

January 11, 2012

Neena S. Abraham M.D., M.S.C.E., F.A.C.G., F.A.S.G.E.

Neena S. Abraham M.D., M.S.C.E., F.A.C.G., F.A.S.G.E., (right) a gastroenterologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, performs a colonoscopy with the assistance of Janice Walker, R.N., B.S.N., gastroenterology staff nurse.
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HOUSTON - Neena S. Abraham M.D., M.S.C.E., F.A.C.G., F.A.S.G.E., a gastroenterologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), has authored an article that was rated as the most highly read of 2011 by an online medical journal service.
Medscape, an online medical journal service affiliated with the popular medical website, WebMD, named Abraham’s article “Prescribing Proton Pump Inhibitor and Clopidogrel Together” the top read article of 2011 by gastroenterologists.
“Physicians are increasingly relying on reliable Internet-based, knowledge-management services such as WebMD and Medscape to answer questions that come up during their clinical encounters,” said Abraham, who is also an Associate Professor of Medicine-Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine. “I am thrilled this article was so widely accessed and read in 2011.”
The effects of proton pump inhibitors on anti-platelet drugs such as Clopidogrel (Plavix) is a subject of keen interest in the gastroenterology, cardiology, and internal medicine communities.
“I am very pleased Dr. Abraham’s tremendous efforts toward providing the best care anywhere for Veterans have been recognized,” said Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., Medical Center director. “Her experience and expertise is another example of the great health program we have here in Houston and is an important resource not only for physicians in the VA health care system, but worldwide.”
”I am not at all surprised this article was popular in 2011,” said Abraham. “The safety of prescribing a proton pump inhibitor for patients who need Clopidogrel is a ‘hot topic’ in GI and cardiology.  The controversy has generated a lot of public interest, so gastroenterologists need to stay abreast of the most recent data to better treat their patients and advise cardiologists who may have concerns.”
Abraham has been a principal investigator on 15 funded peer-reviewed grants since her arrival at the MEDVAMC. During her career, she has received two VA HSR&D Merit Review Awards, a career development award from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, an AGA/GRG Research Scholar Award in Geriatric Gastroenterology, and was named the first T. Franklin Williams Scholar in Geriatric Gastroenterology in 2007.

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Awarded re-designation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2008, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 130,000 veterans in southeast Texas. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, nuclear medicine, ophthalmology, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. The MEDVAMC is home to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; Network Polytrauma Center; an award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; Liver Transplant Center; VA Epilepsy and Cancer Centers of Excellence; VA Substance Abuse Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence; VA Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; and one of the VA’s six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Lufkin, Richmond, and Texas City, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged almost 1.3 million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2011. For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit or like us on face book.