Faculty

Dedicated teachers, faculty members are trained in educational techniques and are excellent judges of the fellows’ progress. They spend the bulk of each day on rotation with the fellows, interacting with and providing immediate feedback to them throughout the course of the day.

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Faculty

A prime resource of the Gastroenterology Fellowship at Baylor is the depth and devotion of the faculty. Faculty members have a variety of interests, both clinical and investigational, practice in different settings,and have distinctive types of patients. This makes for an assortment of clinical experiences for each Fellow.

 

Faculty Members

 

Stuart Spechler, MD

Chief, Gastroenterology Division

  • Medical School: Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Boston VA Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Boston VA Medical Center, Boston, MA

 

James Trotter, MD

Chief, Hepatology Division

  • Medical School: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Transplant Hepatology Fellowship: Duke University, Durham, NC

 

Lawrence Schiller, MD

Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship

  • Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Specialties: Colon cancer screening, gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and motility disorders

 

M. Rita Lepe-Suastegui, MD

Program Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

  • Medical School: Universidad Autonomous of Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL
  • Digestive and Liver Disease Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

Robert D. Anderson, MD, Gastroenterology

CORE Faculty

  • Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Specialties: Advanced endoscopy including ERCP and endosonography, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer screening, reflux disease (GERD), and biliary and pancreatic disease

 

Sumeet Asrani, MD MSc, Transplant Hepatology

CORE Faculty

  • Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Transplant Hepatology Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

 

Ranjeeta Bahirwani, MD, Transplant Hepatology

  • Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine; Chicago, IL
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Transplant Hepatology Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 

Angela Carollo, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Specialties: Women’s health, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer screening and hemorrhoid banding

 

Themistocles Dassopoulos, MD, Gastroenterology

CORE Faculty

  • Medical School: Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

Daniel C. DeMarco, MD, Gastroenterology

CORE Faculty

  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Specialties: Gastroesophageal reflux disease, liver and small bowel transplantation, obscure gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and small bowel endoscopy and diseases

 

Esmail Elwazir, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Specialties: Colon cancer screening and gastroesophageal reflux disease

 

Saleh Elwir, MD, Transplant Hepatology

  • Medical School: University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA      
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Transplant Hepatology Fellowship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

 

John Fordtran, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, Boston, MA

 

Sarita Gayle, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

 

Linsheng Guo, MD, Transplant Hepatology

  • Medical School: Hubei Medical College, Hubei Province, China
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Ochsner Clinic Hospital, New Orleans, LA
  • Transplant Hepatology Fellowship: Mayo Clinic Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ

 

J. Kent Hamilton, MD, Gastroenterology

CORE Faculty

  • Medical School: University of Oklahoma Medical School, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, AL
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Specialties: Nutritional support and alternative medicine and biliary and therapeutic endoscopy

 

W. Gregory Hodges, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Specialties: Therapeutic endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease

 

Ben Kahn, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX

  

Hemangi Kale, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: BJ Medical College, Pune University, India
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Metro-Health Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; University of California, Davis, CA
  • EUS Experience: UC Davis

 

Vani Konda, MD, Gastroenterology

CORE Faculty

  • Medical School: Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

Jason Martin, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX

 

Bhavani Moparty, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: Tulane University SOM, New Orleans, LA
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship: Massachusetts General/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

 

Elizabeth Odstrcil, MD, Gastroenterology

CORE Faculty

  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Specialties: Colorectal cancer screening/surveillance, constipation, diarrhea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and women’s health issues

 

Daniel Polter, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Wadsworth VA Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

 

Robert Rahimi, MD, Transplant Hepatology

  • Medical School: Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Virginia Health System Charlottesville, VA
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Transplant Hepatology Fellowship: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX

 

Rhonda Souza, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: Howard University SOM, Washington, DC
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

 

Christopher Vesy, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX

 

Catherine Yaussy, MD, Gastroenterology

  • Medical School: George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship: Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX


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