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Hashem B. El-Serag, M.D., M.P.H.


Investigator, Clinical Effectiveness & Population Health Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Chairman and Professor, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Director, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences

Gastroenterologist and Epidemiologist


Phone: 713-794-8640

Phone: 713-791-1414 ext. 10331

Research Interests

  • Screening and surveillance of GI and liver cancers
  • Epidemiology and outcomes of digestive disorders
  • Barrett's esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Genetic epidemiology


  • M.P.H., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • M.D., Al-Arab Medical University, Libya
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Yale University Greenwich Hospital, Connecticut
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Awards and Activities

  • Association of American Physicians (AAP), 2013
  • Texas Super Doctors, 2011, 2017
  • Blue Faery Award for Excellence in Liver Cancer Research, 2011
  • Houston's Best Doctors, 2010, 2015, 2017
  • America's Best Doctors 2009, 2010
  • American Society for Clinical Investigators (ASCI), 2008
  • "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" in the Area of Clinical Medicine by Thomas Reuter, 2014, 2016
  • Michael E. DeBakey, MD, Excellence in Research Award, 2016

Dr. El-Serag's PubMed Link *

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