Bay Area Gastroenterology-Houston Astoria
11920 Astoria Blvd
Houston, TX 77089
Why did you choose to specialize in Gastroenterology?
I find the field of gastroenterology very diverse with challenging yet fascinating disorders that patients present us with. During medical school training, I found this field encompassed diseases of multiple organs, including the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine, and colon to name a few. I realized by specializing in this field, I could help the most number of patients. The fact that I could not only treat patients with medication, but also procedures (such as the endoscopy) to fix problems was also enticing to me.
Do you have a specialty of interest within GI?
I truly like all aspects of GI. I love performing colonoscopies since this is the one preventative test that has been shown to save lives. I spent two years of research training in upper gastrointestinal motility disorders, and I developed an interest in swallowing and acid reflux disorders. I had an additional year of focused, subspecialty training in interventional/therapeutic endoscopy which deals with the management of complex intestinal, colonic, pancreatic of biliary diseases — both cancerous and non-cancerous.
Where did you study?
Medical School: Armed Forces Medical College, India
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship: University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio
What certifications do you hold?
I hold board certifications in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology. I also hold a certification for advanced training in Therapeutic Endoscopy (ERCP/EUS).
What do you and your family enjoy doing in your spare time?
I have two boys, a daughter and a wife. We enjoy traveling together whenever time permits. We like skiing together as a family. I try to keep up with the Houston Rockets and Green Bay Packers.
Do you have any special honors or recognitions in your medical career that you would like to share?
Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship Certificate
Please list your professional affiliations.
American Gastroenterological Association
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American Medical Association
Texas Medical Association
Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Harris County Medical Society
Abdominal Pain, Acid Reflux, Bleeding or Blood in the Stool, Bloating, Celiac Disease, Colitis, Colonoscopy, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Polyps, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, Diverticulitis, Diverticulosis, Diarrhea, Dysphagia, GERD, EGD, Endoscopy, IBD, IBS, Lactose Intolerance, Peptic Ulcers, Ulcerative Colitis