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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Marcelo Vela, M.D., M.S.C.R., F.A.C.G

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Marcelo Vela, M.D., M.S.C.R., F.A.C.G
Listed as one of the best doctors in the nation in the field of gastroenterology, Marcelo Vela, M.D., M.S.C.R., F.A.C.G is a staff physician at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He is the also the director of the gastrointestinal motility program at Baylor College of Medicine. Board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, Vela is a nationally recognized specialist in esophageal diseases, swallowing disorders, and gastrointestinal motility. He is an expert in esophageal testing including high resolution manometry, pH-metry, and impedance studies. Vela received his medical degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, Guatemala. His extensive training includes an internal medicine residency and a clinical research fellowship at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, a gastroenterology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, and a National Institutes of Health clinical research scholarship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. His clinical and research interests include GERD (both acid and non-acid reflux), Barrett's esophagus, achalasia and other swallowing disorders, esophageal spasm, and non-cardiac chest pain. He also has clinical expertise in stomach disorders including gastroparesis and non-ulcer dyspepsia. Vela performs high-resolution manometry, pH metry, and impedance studies as well as endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures.