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Gastroenterologists/Hepatologists

Gastroenterology is the study of the function and diseases of the digestive system, including the liver. Our gastroenterologists are specially trained to take care of transplant patients. 

Hepatology is the study of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, and pancreas as well as management of their disorders and is a  sub-specialty of gastroenterology. Our hepatologists are specially trained to take care of transplant patients.

 

Dr. Vincent Speeg Professor of Medicine Kermit Vincent Speeg, Jr., MD PhD
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Speeg received his graduate degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas and his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, Texas. He completed his internship, residency and gastroenterology training at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN. He manages the pre-operative assessment of liver transplant candidates and post-operative phases including medical follow-up in the outpatient settings.

 

Dr. Juan Guerrero Assistant Professor of MedicineJuan Guerrero, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Hepatologist, Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Guerrero received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1999.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association.  Dr. Guerrero is currently conducting several clinical trials to help improve the care of post-transplant patients.

 

Dr. Sandeep Patel Assistant Professor of Medicine Sandeep Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Patel received advanced training under internationally-recognized endoscopist Dr. Joseph Geenen of the Medical College of Wisconsin in ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), a specialized form of gastrointestinal endoscopy used to diagnose and treat many different disorders of the pancreas and the bile ducts. Skilled in both ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), Dr. Patel serves as Chief of Pancreato-Biliary Endoscopy at the UT Health San Antonio School of Medicine and Associate Professor and Program Director of Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Patel has rapidly established UT Health San Antonio as a regional referral center for complex pancreatic and biliary problems, instituting a new and rapidly growing Pancreas Clinic and successfully bringing cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to UT Health San Antonio, including pancreatic and biliary manometry and intra-ductal pancreatic and biliary endoscopy.

 

 Dr. Eric Lawitz Clinical Professor of Medicine Eric Lawitz, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Hepatologist, Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Lawitz is a Medical Director of The Texas Liver Institute and a clinical professor of medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Lawitz received a B.S. from University of Illinois Chicago and M.D. from Rush Medical College. Dr. Lawitz received his postgraduate training in Gastroenterology/Hepatology at Brooke Army Medical Center and is board certified in the area of Gastroenterology/Hepatology. Dr. Lawitz has over 300 publications to include publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Lancet, Hepatology, and Journal of Hepatology. In addition, Dr. Lawitz serves on the editorial board of Lancet, Gastroenterology, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology & Clinical Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology, and Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology.

 

Dr. Fred Poordad Clinical Professor of Medicine Fred Poordad, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Hepatologist, Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Poordad is clinical professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and Vice President of Academic and Clinical Affairs at The Texas Liver Institute in San Antonio. Dr. Poordad received his bachelor and medical doctorate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Thomas Medical Center and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Dr. Poordad also completed fellowships in gastroenterology at the University of South Carolina and in hepatology/liver transplantation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Poordad served as the co-director of liver transplantation at Johns Hopkins prior to becoming chief of hepatology and liver transplantation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for 10 years. In 2012, he joined The Texas Liver Institute and the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He teaches medical students, resident and fellows and rotates on the liver transplant services at University Hospital System. Dr. Poordad also conducts a multitude of clinical research across all facets of liver disease, including viral hepatitis, fatty liver and cirrhosis. A member of the American Medical Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the European Society for the Study of Liver, the American Society of Transplantation and the Asia Pacific Association Society of Liver, Dr. Poordad lectures both nationally and internationally on the topic of liver disease and transplantation. Dr. Poordad has over 300 publications including numerous book chapters, abstracts, educational monographs and publishes in such journals as Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Liver Transplantation, the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Hepatology, the American Journal of Transplantation, and the International Journal of Artificial Organs. He has been honored by US News and World Report as one of the top 1% of physicians in his field and serves on many scientific advisory boards. Dr. Poordad serves or has served on educational committees for the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the American Society of Transplantation, and the American College of Gastroenterology. He is on the editorial board of several journals, and is a regular peer reviewer for multiple journals, as well as for the AGA and AASLD annual meetings.

 

Dr. Carmen Landaverde Assistant Professor of Medicine Carmen Landaverde, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Hepatologist, Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Carmen Landaverde is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining The Texas liver Institute, Dr. Landaverde completed her gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California at Los Angeles
(UCLA) and her transplant hepatology fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas, Texas, where she served as faculty for 5 years, caring for patients with highly complex liver disease. She specializes in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), end-stage liver disease and liver transplantation medicine. She has authored and co-authored review articles on the management of fluid retention and cirrhosis, NAFLD and nutrition, outcomes in liver re-transplantation and in the optimization of hepatitis C treatment. Dr. Landaverde is fluent in Spanish.

 

Dr. Jennifer Wells Assistant Professor of Medicine Jennifer Wells, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Hepatologist, Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Jennifer Wells is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her gastroenterology fellowship as well as her transplant hepatology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. She has served on the faculty of Baylor Medical Center’s transplant program for the last 5 years prior to moving to Austin. Dr. Wells has an expertise in viral hepatitis (B and C), metabolic liver disease (primarily NASH) and autoimmune liver diseases. Dr. Wells is recognized as an expert in treatment of advanced manifestations of cirrhosis, portal hypertension and hepatocellular carcinoma. Additionally she is highly regarded in managing pre and post-transplant patients. Dr. Wells has authored on topics related to alcohol liver disease, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, NASH and liver transplantation.

 

Dr. Nicole Loo, MD Assistant Professor of MedicineNicole Loo, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Hepatologist, Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Loo trained at world renowned institutions for liver and liver transplantation including internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota followed by gastroenterology fellowship at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut. She completed her liver transplantation fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her research interests include hepatitis B, portal hypertension, and liver cancer. She also serves on the American Gastroenterology Association’s (AGA) Education & Training Committee and has contributed as an author to the AGA’s DDSEP 8 study test question bank. Dr. Loo is excited to be living back in Texas and looks forward to getting to know and giving excellent liver care to her patients.

 

Dr. Naim Alkhouri Associate Professor of MedicineNaim Alkhouri, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Adult & Pediatric Hepatologist, Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Alkhouri was most recently Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute and Director of the Metabolic Liver Disease Clinic. He completed his medical degree at the University of Damascus in Syria before completing his internal medicine and pediatric residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Alkhouri completed his pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and an adult transplant hepatology fellowship at the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute, Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Alkhouri received the American College of Gastroenterology Junior Faculty Development Award to study the analysis of breath volatile organic compounds to diagnose nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. He also received the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellow Research Award for his prospective evaluation of the pediatric NAFLD fibrosis index and ELF markers in children with fatty liver disease. Dr. Alkhouri has over 100 publications and presents his work at both national and international medical conferences. Dr. Alkhouri is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the European Association for the Study of the Liver, American College of Gastroenterology, and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. His specialty interests include nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, and liver transplantation.

 
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