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Scott Duncan, M.D.

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Dr. Duncan was born in San Diego, CA, and grew up in Tupelo, MS. He received his undergraduate degree in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University and his M.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency, Chief Residency, and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association.

Dr. Duncan lives in Germantown with his wife Jenny and their three children.  He enjoys basketball, cycling, and spending time with his family.

Joshua French, M.D.

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Dr. French is a native of East Tennessee, and spent most of his youth in the Knoxville area. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Maryville College and his M.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, as well as fellowships at Wake Forest in Gastroenterology and at the University of North Carolina in Advanced Endoscopy. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. French lives in Memphis with his wife Dottie and their two children.

Joseph G. Baltz, Jr., M.D.

 

Dr. Baltz was born in Memphis and raised in Pocahontas, Arkansas. He received his undergraduate education at Duke University, where he graduated with distinction with a BS in biomedical engineering. He earned his medical degree and completed internal medicine residency training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Baltz completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he also received advanced training in Endoscopic Ultrasound, ablation of Barrett's Esophagus, and Endoscopic Mucosal Resection. He is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and American College of Gastroenterology.

Conar P. Fitton M.D.

 

Dr. Fitton was born and raised in Mystic, Connecticut. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, followed by his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Fitton completed his Internal Medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Tennessee here in Memphis. He holds membership in the American College of Gastroenterology, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Gastrointestinal Association.

Christopher D. Miller, M.D.

 

Dr. Miller was born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in central Nebraska. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his M.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He then moved to Memphis where he completed an internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at Methodist Healthcare-University Hospital, followed by a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Prior to joining the Memphis Gastroenterology Group, Dr. Miller served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the University of Tennessee's Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Miller lives in the Memphis area with his wife, Heather, and their three children. He enjoys traveling, sports, and being with family in his spare time.

Alex E. Baum, M.D.

 

Dr. Baum was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. During his childhood years Dr. Baum also lived in New York. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

He completed a 7 year combined M.D. program at The Universidad Central de Venezuela School of Medicine in '92, graduating in the top 15% of his class.

Dr. Baum moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1995 and completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine in '98 and a Gastroenterology Fellowship in '01 both at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Baum also trained in Endosonography (EUS) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania prior to joining the faculty of Tulane University Medical School as Assistant Professor of Medicine for three years prior to going into private practice in New Orleans. He is a member of the AGA, ASGE and ACG. Dr. Baum relocated to Memphis in 2007 to join Memphis Gastroenterology Group, now Gastro One.

Dr. Baum and his wife, Sarah, live in Memphis with their two sons. He enjoys swimming and spending time with his family.

Bryan F. Thompson, M.D.

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Dr. Thompson is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated with honors from Auburn University and received his M.D. degree from the University of South Alabama. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Thompson and his wife, Kelly, live in Memphis with their three children, Georgia, Meredith and Wynn. He enjoys traveling and being with his family during his spare time.

Terrence L. Jackson, Jr., M.D.

 

Dr. Jackson was born in Southeast Missouri and raised on the family farm. After graduating from East Prairie High School, he was selected to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City's six-year BA/MD program where he graduated with honors. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology/Hepatology fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. While there he gained extensive experience with Endoscopic Ultrasound and gastrointestinal cancers. He has published several abstracts and articles including one book chapter. He has been recognized by the American College of Gastroenterology as an outstanding GI-fellow with their "Fellow-in-Training" Award in 1998. He is an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastrointestinal Association.

Dr. Jackson, and his wife Marsha, and their children Ty and Morigan, reside in Memphis. Dr. Jackson enjoys listening to and playing classical music, blues and jazz in his spare time. He also enjoys making his own barbecue sauces and watching Husker football.

Gary A. Wruble, M.D.

 

Dr. Wruble is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Jerusalem Torah College in Jerusalem, Israel, before completing his undergraduate studies at Yeshiva University in New York, New York: Dr. Wruble returned to Memphis to attend the University of Tennessee Memphis, The Health Science Center. His internal medicine residency program was completed at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, followed by a GI fellowship at the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in Flushing, New York.

Dr. Wruble and his wife, Dena, reside in Memphis with their five children, Justin, Alyssa, Aaron, Sophie, and Emma. He enjoys reading, juggling, playing guitar, basketball and tennis in his spare time.

Randall C. Frederick, M.D.

 

Dr. Frederick is from Nashville, Tennessee. He received his under graduate degree with honors from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, before moving to Memphis where he received his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee Memphis, The Health Science Center. Dr. Frederick completed his internship and residency through the City of Memphis Hospital where he was Chief Resident of Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association and the Tennessee Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopists. Dr. Frederick served as an Instructor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee Memphis, The Health Science Center, where he is now Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Frederick and his wife, Brenda, have two daughters, Carrie and Casie. Dr. Frederick enjoys hunting in his free time.

Paul King, M.D.

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Dr. King graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating in 1985.  After residency at the same institution, he completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.  He subsequently served 14 years as an Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Liver Disease, and interim Gastroenterology Division Chief at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He has more than 30 scientific publications.  After leaving the University for 8 years of private practice in Columbia, Missouri, Dr. King joined Gastro One as a hospitalist in 2012.


Richard S. Aycock, M.D., F.A.C.G.

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Dr. Aycock earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Texas A&M and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in Memphis at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. Dr. Aycock also completed a Research Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Liver Disease and was an American Liver Foundation Research Fellow. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and a member of the American College of Physicians, American Gastrointestinal Association, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the Tennessee Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopists. He is a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Memphis, The Health Science Center, and currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee. While on faculty at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Aycock was the recipient of a NIH Clinical Investigator Award as well as a VAMC Research Associate Award. He is currently a managing partner of Gastro One in Memphis, the President of Tennessee Gastro, a statewide CIN (Clinically Integrated Network) based on quality metrics in gastroenterology and the Medical Director of the Endoscopy Lab at Methodist University Hospital. He is the President of the combined medical staff of Methodist LeBonheur Hospitals. Dr. Aycock and his wife, Dr. Claudia Moise, live on their cattle ranch in north Mississippi and enjoy numerous outdoor activities. 

T. Carter Towne, M.D.

 

Dr. Towne is a native of Memphis, TN. He graduated from Memphis State University and received his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis. His internship, residency and gastroenterology fellowship were completed through the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Dr. Towne is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He is Chairman of the Board of MetroCare Physicians and a member of the Board of Governors of Health Choice. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Methodist-LeBonheur Healthcare Board of Governors. He has been in practice since 1983.

Edward L. Cattau, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.G, F.A.S.G.E., F.A.C.P.

 

Dr. Cattau received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did his internal medicine training at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital and his GI fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Upon completion of training, he joined the staff at Bethesda and became the Chief of Gastroenterology. While there, Dr. Cattau was attending gastroenterologist to the President, Vice-President, and the Congress of the United States. He left the Navy as a Captain and became an Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Director of Clinical Endoscopy at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Cattau left Georgetown in 1990 to join the former Memphis Gastroenterology Group. He is currently the Director of Endoscopy at Gastro One.

Dr. Cattau is an active member of several professional societies, and has served as Chair of the National Affairs Committee and on the Board of Trustees of The American College of Gastroenterology. He has published over 175 abstracts, articles, and chapters in medical journals and textbooks and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. His honors include a Navy Commendation medal for his care of President Reagan. Dr. Cattau is regularly listed in "Best Doctors" lists, both nationally and locally.

Dr. Cattau lives in Collierville with his wife, Susanne. They have two grown children, Christopher and Megan. As an elder of his church, his joy is growing in faith.

Michael J. Levinson, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G.

 

Dr. Levinson was born in Brooklyn, New York. He obtained a Bachelor's degree at the University of Florida and graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School with honors. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Levinson is an active member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the European Society for the Study of Liver Disease. Dr. Levinson is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and Chief of the GI Teaching Service at the Baptist Memorial Hospital where he has received the Outstanding Teacher Award on numerous occasions.

Dr. Levinson and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Dusten and David, one grandson and twin granddaughters.

Myron Lewis, M.D., F.A.C.P., M.A.C.G. (Retired)

 

Dr. Lewis is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and was born at the Baptist Memorial Hospital. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and earned his M.D. degree at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He did his internship and first year residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital and completed his residency and GI training at Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Lewis spent two years in the U.S. Public Health Service in Louisville, Kentucky, prior to returning to Memphis and joining Dr. Wruble to form the Memphis Gastroenterology Group, P.C. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and was also President of the American College of Gastroenterology. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee and was Co-Director of the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Baptist Hospital from January, 1997 until December, 1998. Dr. Lewis was Chief of Staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital in 1985 and continues to be active on committees, both the national level of the American College of Gastroenterology and locally at the Baptist Memorial Hospital. He became a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology in October of 1992. He is one of the first twelve physicians nationally to receive this honor. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr. Lewis has been selected by his peers to be included in "Best Doctors in America" each year since 1994.

Dr. Lewis and his wife, Gail, have three daughters: Robin, Tracey and Joelle, and four grandchildren.

Lawrence D. Wruble, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G.

 

Dr. Wruble was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Tennessee Memphis, The Health Science Center with honors. He did his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and his medical residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Medical Center. Following this, Dr. Wruble completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Miami and a year as a National Institutes of Health research fellow at the same institution. After completing his training, he joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Memphis, The Health Science Center as an instructor in medicine. He served as acting Chairman of the Division of Gastroenterology for several years in the early 1970's, and is presently Clinical Professor of Medicine. He has published numerous articles, written several chapters for books and co-edited a study book for gastroenterology. He has served as governor for the American College of Gastroenterology in the State of Tennessee and as its Regional Director for the Southeastern United States.

Dr. Wruble remains active in clinical research and medical education for which he has won numerous teaching awards, including the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence. He is named as one of "the Best Doctors in America" as voted on by his peers. This was recently recognized by Memphis Magazine.

Dr. Wruble is married to the former Diane Leach of Memphis. They have three children all in medical fields: Lisa is a registered nurse, Steve and Gary are physicians, graduates of the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. They have twelve grandchildren.

Ziad H. Younes, M.D.

Practice Location

2999 Centre Oak Way
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 684-5500
(901) 684-5518 (Fax)

Personal Note

My wife, Nada, and I are proud to call Memphis our home. Nada is a full-time homemaker and stays busy helping raise our three daughters. My family and I enjoy outdoor activities including swimming and soccer. My hobbies include soccer (playing as well as coaching), movies and music.

Education and Training

Born in Lebanon, Dr. Younes completed undergraduate and medical school at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He came to the United States in 1993 for an internship in internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He also completed a three-year residency there in 1997 and was chief medical resident and an attending physician while there. That same year, he began a fellowship in gastroenterology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at The Bayview Medical Center, which he finished in 2000.

After his fellowship, he returned to Norfolk to join the Digestive and Liver Disease Specialists. A year later, he arrived in Memphis to begin practicing at Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth, now Gastro One, and is currently its medical director and director of clinical research.

He was certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1996 and in gastroenterology in 2000.

Honors and Awards

Dean's Honor List – October 1986 – June 1989
Ranked First on Medical School Admissions List – September 1989
Dean's Honor List – September 1989 – June 1991
Dean's Honor List – June 1992 – June 1993
James P. Baker, M.D. Award for outstanding graduating medicine resident – 1996
First Place Winner: Senior resident seminar contest – 1996
Winner of the American College of Gastroenterology/Astra Pharmaceuticals Senior Fellow Award – 1998
Winner of the American College of Gastroenterology/AstraZeneca Senior Fellow Award – 1999

Professional Memberships

American College of Physicians
American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterology Associates
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American Liver Foundation
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

Presentations And Published Abstracts

October 1994: "Spontaneous esophageal rupture in a patient with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome" – Poster presentation, Eastern Virginia Medical School Research Day, Norfolk, VA.

Bahrani O, Younes Z, Shafai F. Esophageal involvement in Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Virginia Medical Quarterly 1995;122(2):98. Poster presentation, American College of Physicians, Virginia Chapter.

May 1996: "Molecular and genetic advances in gastrointestinal cancers", Senior resident seminar (First place winner), Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Younes Z, Johnson DA. "Congenital esophageal stenosis: Clinical and endoscopic features in adults". Am J Gastroenterol 1996;91(9):1901. Poster presentation, American College of Gastroenterology meeting, October 1996.

April 1997: "Stump the chair: The professor in action – Dr. Z. Younes presents to Dr. M. Wehbe", American College of Physicians meeting, Virginia Chapter.

Younes Z, Regan F, Safdar R, Lacy B, Magnuson T. "Effect of magnetic resonance cholangiography on patterns of ERCP in patients undergoing cholecystectomy". Gastroenterology 1998:114:A552. Poster presentation, American Gastroenterology Association meeting, May 1998 (identified as a Poster of Distinction).

Younes Z, Magnuson T, Regan F. "Magnetic resonance cholangiography compared to ultrasonography in patients with suspected biliary and pancreatic diseases". Gastroenterology 1998;114:A552-A553. Oral presentation, American Gastroenterology Association meeting, Main Topics Session, May 1998.

Younes Z, Nass P, Tihan T, Dicker M, Duncan MD, Harmon JW. "Endoscopic transfection of the rabbit esophageal mucosa with a pMEXneo vector for the human acidic fibroblast growth factor". Am J Gastroenterol 1998;93:1627. Poster presentation, American College of Gastroenterology meeting, October 1998.

Younes Z, Duncan MD, Tihan T, Harmon JW, Duncan KLK. "Esophageal cancer: Do sex hormones play a role?" Am J Gastroenterol 1998;93:1627. Poster presentation, American College of Gastroenterology meeting, October 1998.

Younes Z, Sevransky J, Tihan T, Lacy B. "Small bowel endometriosis presenting as hypoalbuminemia, anasarca, and small bowel obstruction". Am J Gastroenterol 1998;93:1747. Poster presentation, American College of Gastroenterology meeting, October 1998.

Younes Z, Lacy B, DesBiens J, Zayat EN, Schuster MM, Crowell MD. "Solid vs. liquid swallows in the manometric evaluation of patients with Barrett's esophagus and esophagitis". Am J Gastroenterol 1998;93:1627. Poster presentation, American College of Gastroenterology meeting, October 1998.

Younes Z, Lacy BE, Ejadi S, Vaitkevicius P, Crowell MD. "Swallowing-induced supraventricular tachycardia in a patient with lower esophageal spasm". Am J Gastroenterol 1998;93:1747. Poster presentation, American College of Gastroenterology meeting, October 1998.

Crowell MD, Yu SY, Schettler-Duncan VA, Younes Z, Zayat EN, Lacy BE Schuster MM. "Age-related esophageal dysfunction in patients with dysphagia". Am J Gastroenterol 1998;93:1613. Poster presentation, American College of Gastroenterology meeting, October 1998.

Abu Jaudeh W, Zayat EN, Younes Z, Bender J, Nikoomanesh P. "Transverse colon hematoma: A rare complication of PEG tube placement". Am J Gastroenterol 1998;93:1705. Poster presentation, American College of Gastroenterology meeting, October 1998.

Younes Z. "Esophageal cancer: DO sex hormones play a role?", presented at the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy practice management seminar for Gastroenterology fellows, October 1998.

Younes Z. "Role of androgen receptors in esophageal carcinoma", presented at the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Young Investigators Conference, April 1999.

Zayat EN, Schettler-Duncan VA, Younes Z, Liu M, Crowell MD. "The effect of inhaled albuterol on esophageal function in healthy volunteers. Gastroenterology 1999;116:A1107. Poster presentation, American Gastroenterology Association meeting, May 1999.

Zayat EN, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Younes Z, Lacy BE, Regan F. "MRCP: The new standard for radiologic evaluation of cholelithiasis and choledocholothiasis?" Gastroenterology 1999;116:A43. Poster presentation, American Gastroenterology Association meeting, May 1999.

Younes Z, Duncan MD, Bender JS, Zayat EN, Regan F, Magnuson TH. "Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatopraphy and angiography with conventional MRI for preoperative evaluation of pancreatic cancer". Gastroenterology 1999;116:A1178.

Younes Z, Duncan MD, Bender JS, Zayat EN, Regan F, Magnuson TH. "Conventional MRI combined with MRCP and MRA vs. CT scanning for the preoperative evaluation of periampullary cancer. Am J Gastroenterol 1999;94:2638. Oral presentation, American College of Gastroenterology meeting, October 1999.

Diamond MS, Younes Z, Nass PH, Wu TT, Nikoomanesh P, Duncan MD, Crowell MD, Harmon JW. Telomerase activity in Barrett's esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Poster presentation, Society for Surgery for the Alimentary Tract, May 2000.

Gitlin M, Lawitz EJ, Nguyen T, Younes Z, et al. Valopicitabine (nm283) plus PEG-Interferon Alfa-2a (PEG-IFN) in treatment naïve patients with HCV-1 infection: Preliminary results at week 24 and 48. Gastroenterology 2007;132:A780. Digestive Disease Week, May 2007

Publications

Younes Z, Johnson DA. Molecular and genetic advances in gastrointestinal malignancies: State of the art. Digestive Diseases. 1997;15:275-301.

Elsakr R, Johnson DA, Younes Z, Oldfield EC III. Antimicrobial treatment of intraabdominal infections. Digestive Diseases. 1998;16:47-60.

Younes ZH, Johnson DA, Dimick L. Sigmoido-anal intussusception presenting as anal prolapse: Role of endoscopic diagnosis. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 1998;47:561-563.

Younes Z, Duncan M, Harmon JW. Role of growth factors in oesophageal mucosal healing: A work in progress. Journal of Gastroenterol and Hepatology. 1998;13:S156-S160.

Younes Z, Regan F, Schuster MM. Functional MRI for the assessment of gastric motility- A better test? The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 1999;17:48-53.

Younes Z. Medical therapies for bleeding peptic ulcer. The Resident Reporter. 1999;4:52-56.

Younes Z, Johnson DA. Congenital esophageal stenosis: Clinical and endoscopic features in adults. Digestive Diseases. 1999;17:48-53.

Younes Z, Johnson DA. The spectrum of spontaneous and iatrogenic esophageal injury: Perforations, Mallory-Weiss tears, and hematomas. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 1999;29:306-317.

Younes Z, Johnson DA. New developments and concepts in antimicrobial therapy for intra-abdominal infections. Current Gastroenterology Reports. 2000;2:277-282.

Johnson DA, Younes Z, Hogan JW. Endoscopic assessment of hiatal hernia repair. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2000;52:650-659.

Younes Z, Duncan MD, Harmon JW. Management of Barrett's esophagus. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology. 2000;14 Suppl D:35D-43D.

Moussa F, Younes Z, Tihan T, Lacy BE. Anasarca and small bowel obstruction secondary to endometriosis. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 2001;32:167-174.

Tihan T, Harmon JW, Wan X, Younes Z, Nass P, Duncan KL, Duncan MD. Evidence of androgen receptor expression in squamous and adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Anticancer Research. 2001;21:3107-3114.

Reviews and Book Chapters

Younes Z, Johnson DA. Diagnostic evaluation in gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America 1999;28:809-830.

Duncan MD, Younes Z. Barrett's esophagus. In: Cameron JL, ed. Current Surgical Therapy. 7th ed. Mosby, 2001:37-40.

Robert S. Wooten, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G.

Practice Location

1324 Wolf Park Dr.
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 755-9110
(901) 755-4321 (Fax)

Personal Note

My wife, Mary Beth, and I have three children. I enjoy fishing, hunting, traveling, snow skiing and being a Boy Scout leader.

Education and Training

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Dr. Wooten attended Tulane University School of Medicine. While in medical school, he was a research assistant in pharmacology at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. After medical school, Dr. Wooten completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and then completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic (in Rochester, MN) in 1987.

Upon finishing his fellowship, he returned to his hometown of Memphis, where he joined Dr. McCloy as a partner at The Gastroenterology Center. Eight years later, he co-founded Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth in 1996, now Gastro One.

He was certified in Internal Medicine in 1984 and Gastroenterology in 1994 by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was recertified in both disciplines again in 2010.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology
Member of the American Liver Foundation
Member of the American Gastroenterological Association
Member of the Tennessee Medical Association
Member of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
Mayo Alumni Board of Directors

Publications

Wooten RS, Orteiza RM, Kenner CT, Graham RE, Biehl ER. Kinetics and Mechanism of Blue Tetrazolium Reactin with Corticosteroids. J Pharm Sci. 66: 1385-88, 1977.

Wooten RS, Biehler ER, Kenner CT, Graham RE. Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies of Blue Tetrazolium Reaction with Phenylhydrazines. J Pharm Sci. 67:927-30, 1978.

Wooten RS, Pratt CB, Hustu HO, Kumar APM. Rhabdomyosarcoma in Children Under Two Years of Age. Cancer. (Submitted for publication)

John D. Ward, M.D.

Practice Location

1324 Wolf Park Drive
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 755-9110
(901) 755-4321 (Fax)

Education and Training

After graduating from Rhodes College in 1982, Dr. Ward attended medical school in Memphis at the University of Tennessee, where he completed his internship, residency and gastroenterology fellowship, finishing in 1993. After his fellowship, he went into private practice as a gastroenterologist in Memphis. Then, in 1996, co-founded Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth, now Gastro One.

He was certified in internal medicine 1993 by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1993 and in gastroenterology in 1995.

Professional Memberships

American College of Physicians
American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society

Presentations

Efficacy of 3 million units versus 5 million units of interferon alpha-2a plus ribavirin in naïve patients for 48 week therapy. American Association of Study of Liver Disease. Dallas, TX – 1999.
Research

Master's Thesis, Georgia State University 1983 – 1984. The Permissive Effects of Insulin on Testosterone Biosynthesis in the Rat Leydig Cell.

William Z. Taylor, M.D.

Practice Location

2999 Centre Oak Way
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 684-5500
(901) 684-5518 (Fax)

Personal Note

I am the thankful husband of Cindy, my wife of 32 years, dad to three children and "Baba" of four grandchildren. My blessings run deep, extending from my family, church, opportunities to serve and teach in Central Asia and the privilege of sharing in the lives of wonderful patients.

Education and Training

A 1976 graduate of Memphis State University now the University of Memphis, Dr. Taylor attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where he also completed an internship and residency in internal medicine. He then served as a staff internist at the United States Naval Hospital in Camp Lejeune, NC, for two years. In 1986, he began his Gastroenterology fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

After completing the fellowship in gastroenterology in 1988, he became a staff gastroenterologist at the United States Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. In 1991, Dr. Taylor returned to Memphis to practice with Digestive Disease Consultants, and in 1996 he co-founded Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth, now Gastro One.

He was certified in internal medicine in 1984 by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in gastroenterology in 1989.

Honors and Awards

Pi Kappa Phi – Memphis State University – 1975
AOA – 1980
AOA Distinguished Graduate Award – 1981

Professional Memberships

American College of Gastroenterology
Alpha Omega Alpha
American College of Physicians
Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society

Publications

Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome. Gastroenterology Observer. Vol. 7, P2, March, 1988.

Van Nees E. Gurney – Handbook of Gastrointestinal Drug Therapy. Chapters – Introduction, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Drugs, Pgs. 91-99, Chapter 7 – Corticosteroids in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Pgs. 99-112.

Carles R. Surles, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.

Practice Location

3350 North Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133
(901) 377-2111
(901) 377-5105 (Fax)

Personal Note

I feel privileged to be a part of the Memphis community. This city and its people have become my home and extended family. I look forward to growing spiritually and professionally in this nurturing environment. My interests are golf, golf and more golf. I also enjoy music.

Education and Training

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Surles also attended medical school there. He finished in 1996 and, while in medical school, earned his Master of Public Health in Health Policy Administration. After medical school, he was an internal medicine resident at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where he also served as chief resident in his last year.

In 2000, he began a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospitals, which he completed in 2003. Dr. Surles has worked for Special Olympics International, where he developed the Olympic Games rulebook, and was a teaching assistant in the Science Enrichment Program at Chapel Hill.

He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and gastroenterology in 2001 and 2003, respectively.

Honors and Awards

Medical College of Georgia 1996-1997 "Intern of the Year," Department of Internal Medicine
Board of Governors Medical Scholarship 1992-1996
Robert P. Holding Scholarship for Medical Education 1995
Womack-Whitson Medical Scholarship 1991-1996
Alpha Kappa Alpha for Graduate Studies 1991
Robert P. Holding Scholarship for Graduate Studies 1994-1995
University of North Carolina School of Public Health Scholarship 1995
The John Motley Morehead Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies 1987

Professional Memberships

American College of Gastroenterology
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American Gastroenterological Association
Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society
Bluff City Medical Society

Research

Surles CR. Single Dose vs. Multiple Dose Therapy in the Treatment of Acute Cystitis in Adult Women: A Review of Three Randomized Clinical Trials.

Surles CR. et al. The United States Population Based Comprehensive Health Care Bill; A Proposal for Health Care Reform. Draft and Presentation for the Department of Health Policy and Administration 1994.

Frederick R. Harris, Jr., M.D.

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Personal Note

Outside of college, I have been a lifelong Memphian and I feel blessed to serve the community as part of the team here at Gastro One. I met my wife Catherine at the University of Georgia, and she is a corporate attorney here in Memphis. Our interests include traveling abroad, eating out, exercising and watching sports (particularly UGA football). We also enjoy supporting local charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Carnival Memphis, The Exchange Club Family Center of Memphis, Mid-South Chapter of The American Red Cross, and the Memphis Union Mission.

Education and Training

Dr. Harris was born and raised in Memphis and graduated from Christian Brothers High School.  After receiving his degree in Biology with Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA, he returned to Memphis for his medical training. 

During medical school, he received the Anthony S. Ficalora Award for “sensitivity to and respect for patients and who, by example and attitude, teaches others” in addition to being a recipient of the Bland W. Cannon Scholar which recognized medical students who “demonstrate a high degree of respect, empathy, compassion and humanism for the patients on the part of the physician in addition to a high degree of scholarship.”            

He served his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine in addition to his fellowship in Gastroenterology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.   

Selected Publications:

Harris F, Goldberg R, Hughes L, Tombazzi C.  Is a Split-dosed Bowel Preparation Practical for Veterans with an Extended Travel Time to the Procedure Center? [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 31 Oct. 2011.

Harris F, Goldberg R, Hughes L, Tombazzi C.  Clear Liquid Diet is Better than Full Liquid Diet Prior to Outpatient Colonoscopy. [Poster presentation].  Digestive Diseases Week, 8 May 2011.

Harris F, Kaptik S, Tombazzi C.  First-time Colorectal Cancer Screening in Males Ages 75-85: Appropriate Use of Mortality Predictors. [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 27 Oct. 2009.

Harris F, Kaptik S, Tombazzi C.  First-Time CRC Screening in Males Ages 75-85: Is African American Race an Increased Risk Factor? [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 27 Oct. 2009.

Harris F, Kaptik S, Tombazzi C. Body Mass Index Does Not Carry Weight in the Individualized Approach to First-time Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Elderly. [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 27 Oct. 2009.

Harris F, Kaptik S, Tombazzi C. Misinterpretations of Updated Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines Observed in the Community.  [Rapid response letter].  Annals of Internal Medicine, 15 Jan. 2009. 

Kaptik S, Harris F, Lyles T, Tombazzi C. Assessing Variability in Surveillance Recommendations for Fair-Adequate Bowel Preparations. [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 7 Oct. 2008.

Kaptik S, Lyles T, Harris F, Ismail M, Tombazzi C. Utility of Initial Screening Colonoscopy in Elderly Patients. [Poster presentation].  American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, 6 Oct. 2008.  

Sufiyan H. Chaudhry, M.D.

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Dr. Chaudhry was formerly a consultant gastroenterologist with the University of Tennessee Medical Group in Memphis.  He served as staff gastroenterologist at Methodist University Hospital, and as an advanced procedures consultant for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and luminal stenting at Regional Medical Center and Methodist University Hospital Memphis.  He also served as assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Medicine.

He is specially trained in various advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures, including endoscopy, colonoscopy, advanced ERCP, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, endoscopic dilation, endoscopic luminal stents, esophageal motility, and capsule endoscopy.  He has also been treating patients with complicated inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Dr. Chaudhry completed his Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis with one year dedicated for ERCP training.   He completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan.

He has received board certification in gastroenterology and internal medicine.  He is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Gastroenterology Association.

James H. Rutland, III, M.D.

Practice Location

3350 North Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133
(901) 377-2111
(901) 377-5105 (Fax)

Education and Training

Dr. Rutland is a graduate of Mississippi State University and of the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL. From 1997 until 2000, he was an intern and a resident at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis. In 2000, he began a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis.

Since completing his fellowship, Dr. Rutland practiced at Gastroenterology Associates in Little Rock, AR, where he was clinical assistant professor of medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He joined Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth, now Gastro One, in December 2006.

He was certified in internal medicine in 2000 by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2000 and in gastroenterology in 2003.

Professional Memberships

American Gastroenterological Association
Arkansas-Oklahoma Endoscopic Society

Geza Remak, M.D.

Practice Location

7668 Airways Blvd., Building B
Southaven, MS 38671
(901) 766-9490
(662) 349-6634 (Fax)

Personal Note

To become a good physician one has to learn to listen, to be humble and to accept the limitations of current human knowledge! Simply know when it's time to pray. Teaching and practicing medicine is the second most satisfying gift in my life. The first is the fact that I am blessed with my loving wife, four daughters and three sons and three precious grandchildren. I was born in Budapest, Hungary and plan to die in Mississippi. In the meantime, I live life like music. Enjoy the harmony - don't miss a beat - but always know when it is time to pause.

Education and Training

Dr. Remak attended undergraduate and medical school at the Szent-Gyorgyi Medical University in Szeged, Hungary. Graduated "Summa cum Laude" in 1976. After National Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology worked as teaching attending and assistant professor at the First Dept. of Medicine, Szent-Gyorgyi University Medical School. Dr. Remak moved to the USA in 1988 to participate in NIH research project dealing with intestinal ischemia at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO. After ECFMG certification he completed Internal Medicine residency program as Associate Chief Resident at the Cornell University-LaGuardia Hospital residency program in New York, NY. He became ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1993 and received GI Board Certification in 1995 after completing the LSU gastroenterology fellowship program in New Orleans, LA. Since 1996 Dr. Remak practiced Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the Marshall County Medical Center, Gastroenterology Consultants LLC., TransSouth Healthcare and Remak Gastroenterology Services. He joined the Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth - now Gastro One in 2005. Dr. Remak was recertified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in 2003 and 2005.

Professional Memberships

American College of Physicians
Tennessee Medical Association
Desoto Medical Association

Publications

36 original articles and abstracts
Detailed list available on request

Eric John Ormseth, M.D.

Practice Location

7668 Airways Blvd., Building B
Southaven, MS 38671
(901) 766-9490
(662) 349-6634 (Fax)

Education and Training

After graduating from the University of North Dakota, Dr. Ormseth spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching math, science and English in Lesotho. In 1988, he entered medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and received an M.D. in 1992. At Tulane, he was awarded membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He then completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Madigan Army Medical Center.

After serving as a staff internist at Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center from 1995-1997, he began a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After his fellowship ended in 2000, Dr. Ormseth returned to the Madigan Army Medical Center as a staff gastroenterologist. Three years later, he came to the Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth, now Gastro One, to practice.

He was certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1997 and in gastroenterology in 2000. He has been recertified in gastroenterology.

Honors and Awards

Health Profession Scholarship Program Recipient 1988-1995
Alpha Omega Alpha – Tulane School of Medicine
Order of the Gold Tipped Stethoscope for outstanding performance as a student of medicine
Army Achievement Medal from Raymond W. Bliss Health Center, 1997
Army Achievement Medal from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 2000
Meritorious Service Medal from Madigan Army Medical Center, 2003

Professional Memberships

American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American College of Gastroenterology
Alpha Omega Alpha

Chantil D. Jeffreys, F.N.P., D.N.P.

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Practice Location

2999 Centre Oak Way
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 684-5500
(901) 684-5518 (Fax)

Personal Note

My husband Jason and I have lived in the Memphis area for many years. We enjoy spending time with family and our sweet toy poodle Toby. I love to educate others regarding GI illness like hepatitis C and serve on several advisory boards. My hobbies include reading and outdoor water activities. I am about to complete my law degree which has been a life-long goal.

Education and Training

Chantil became a registered nurse in 1995 after graduating from Jackson State Community Colleges. She worked initially in oncology, then later in the cardiac areas of the hospital including the critical care units. Chantil received a Master's degree in nursing and was certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2002. She has been practicing in the GI field throughout her entire career. She completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2010. Chantil has been trained on the CRH O'Regan hemorrhoidal banding system and has a great deal of experience with this procedure.

Awards and Honors

2006 Medical Honoree for the Mid South Chapter of the American Liver Foundation

Professional Memberships

American Liver Foundation
Sigma Theta Tau
American College of Gastroenterology
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

Publications

Co-Author: Overcoming Obstacles to Immunization in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease, The American Journal of Medicine Vol. 118, P40s, October, 2005

William G. Hardin, M.D.

Practice Location

7668 Airways Blvd., Building B
Southaven, MS 38671
(901) 766-9490
(662) 349-6634 (Fax)

Personal Note

My wife, Yvonne, is a housewife with the full-time job of helping raise our four children. I enjoy playing golf and bicycling.

Education and Training

A graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, Dr. Hardin graduated from medical school at the University of Mississippi in 1978. He interned and was a resident at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis before beginning his fellowship at the University of Mississippi in 1981.

In 1983, he joined the Rush Medical Group in Meridian, MS. He came to Memphis in 1989 to practice with the Gastroenterology Consultants, and after spending eight years there, he joined the Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth, now Gastro One.

He was certified by the American Board of internal medicine in 1982 and gastroenterology in 1983.

Other Activities

1990 – 1991 Chairman, Department of Medicine, Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto, Southaven, MS
1990 – 1991 Vice Chief of Staff, Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto, Southaven, MS
1991 – 1992 Chief of Staff, Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto, Southaven, MS
1999 – 2000 Secretary, Treasurer, Tennessee Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
May 2003 – April 2005 President, Tennessee Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Professional Memberships

American College of Physicians
Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology
American Society of Internal Medicine
Member of the American Medical Association
Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society
Tennessee State Medical Association
Tennessee Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

Christopher M. Griffith, M.D.

Practice Location

7668 Airways Blvd., Building B
Southaven, MS 38671
(901) 766-9490
(662) 349-6634 (Fax)


Education and Training

Dr. Griffith is a 1994 graduate of Belmont University and received his medical degree from East Tennessee State University in 2000. He served his internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he completed his studies in 2007.

Dr. Griffith began working at the Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth, now Gastro One, shortly after his time in San Antonio. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.


Professional Memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
American Gastroenterology Association
American College of Gastroenterology
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Bexar County Medical Society

Daniel E. Griffin, M.D., F.A.C.G.

Practice Location

2999 Centre Oak Way
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 684-5500
(901) 684-5518 (Fax)


Personal Note

My wife dedicated herself to rearing our two daughters until they left home. Now she dabbles in interior design or anything artsy. We enjoy traveling. One of our greatest joys has been helping to plant Highpoint Church and watching its influence on the Mid-South area.


Education and Training

Dr. Griffin graduated from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in 1968 and from medical school in 1970 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He then became an internal medicine resident at the U.T. Research Center & Hospital in Knoxville. After his internship, he served two years in the United States military at Keesler Air Force Base.

In 1974, Dr. Griffin began his residency in internal medicine at the UT Health Science Center. Two years later, he began a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and completed his work there in 1978. After his fellowship, he joined the Digestive Disease Consultants in Memphis and remained there until 1996, when he co-founded Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth, now Gastro One. (There, Dr. Griffin served as Medical Director from 1996-2006.)

Dr. Griffin is also a past president of the St. Francis Hospital Medical Staff and is currently governor for The American College of Gastroenterology for Tennessee.

He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1976 in internal medicine and in 1981 in gastroenterology.


Professional Memberships

Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American Gastroenterological Association
Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society
Tennessee Medical Society

Farees T. Farooq, M.D.

Practice Location

1324 Wolf Park Drive

Germantown, TN 38138

(901) 755-9110

(901) 755-4321 Fax

Education and Training

Dr. Farooq is a native Memphian who completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry at Kenyon College in 1996. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis in 2000, and he then completed an internal medicine residency, gastroenterology fellowship, and an advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, finishing his studies there in 2007.

After completion of training, Dr. Farooq served as assistant professor of medicine in the gastroenterology division at U.T. Health Science Center before joining Gastro One in 2010.

Dr. Farooq was certified in Internal Medicine in 2003 and in Gastroenterology in 2007

Honors and Awards

  • 2007 ASGE Endoscopic Research Award ("Tissue Characterization by Endoscopic Ultrasound Spectrum Analysis")
  • 2005-06 Chief Fellow
  • 1997 NIH Medical Student Research Fellowship
  • 1996 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1996 Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society
  • 1996 B.A. conferred magna cum laude
  • 1996 "Highest Honors" in honors research program, Kenyon College
  • 1996 "Distinction" in senior exercise, Kenyon College
  • 1996 Robert Bowen Brown, Jr. Prize for best original research in biology, Kenyon College
  • 1996 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1995 Kenyon Summer Science Scholarship
  • 1994-96 Thomas J. Mastin Scholarship for excellence in the sciences, Kenyon College
  • 1992-96 Dean's List, Kenyon College

Selected Publications:

Kumon RE, Pollack MJ, Faulx AL, Olowe K, Farooq FT, Chen VK, Zhou Y, Wong RC, Isenberg GA, Sivak MV, Zhou Y, Chak A, Deng CX. In vivo characterization of pancreatic and lymph node tissue using endoscopic ultrasound spectrum analysis: validation study. Gastrointest Endosc 2010; 71:53-63.

Das A, Ben-Menachem T, Farooq FT, Cooper GS, Chak A, Sivak MV Jr, Wong RC. Artificial neural network as a predictive instrument in patients with acute nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage Gastroenterology 2008; 134:65-74

Kumon R, Olowe K, Faulx AL, Farooq FT, Chen VK, Zhou Y, Wong RC, Isenberg GA, Sivak MV, Chak A, Deng CX. EUS spectrum analysis for in vivo characterization of pancreatic and lymph node tissue: a pilot study. Gastrointest Endosc 2007; 66:1096-1106.

Wong RCK, Farooq FT, Chak A. Endoscopic Doppler ultrasound probe (DOP-US) in the diagnosis of gastric varices. Gastrointest Endosc 2007; 65:491-96.

Chak A and Farooq FT. Advances in Endoscopic Imaging of Barrett's Esophagus. Endoscopic Mucosal Resection. Eds. Conio M, Siersema P, Repici A, Ponchon T. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford, UK. (2007)

Farooq FT and Wong RCK. Injection sclerotherapy for the management of esophageal and gastric varices. Techniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2005; 7:8-15

Sri Narra, M.D.

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Born into a family of physicians (both parents as well as grandfather), Dr. Narra was exposed to the field of medicine at a very young age and this became a natural career choice.  She graduated from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India and after a brief stay in Long Island, New York, she moved to Memphis in 2004.  She completed her Internal Medicine Residency in 2007 and then a Fellowship in Gastroenterology in 2010 from the University of Tennessee, Memphis.  This was followed by an additional year of training in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.  She joined Gastro One in 2011 and currently works as a GI hospitalist at Baptist Memorial Hopsital, Memphis.  She has recently started her office practice at our 1324 Wolf Park Drive location in Germantown, TN.

Dr. Narra is Board Certified in Internal Medicine since 2007 and in Gastroenterology since 2010.

Professional Memberships

American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Publications:

1. Extraosseous plasmacytoma of the stomach: Parikh JG, Behrman S, Narra, S, Lyda M, Callihan T, Dress MA. Gastrointest Endosc. 2014 Aug;80(2):341

2. Pulmonary embolism following 2-octyl-cyanoacrylate/lipiodol injection for obliteration of gastric varices: an imaging perspective: Singer AD, Fananapazir G, Maufa F, Narra S, Ascher S. J Radiol Case Rep. 2012 Feb;6(2):17-22

3. Biliary sludge and obstruction: another sign of a delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction: Narra S, Al-Kawas F, Carroll JE, Sandler SG. Transfusion. 2011 Apr;51(4):686-7

4.  The importance of preparation and innovation in the endoscopic management of esophageal foreign bodies: Narra S, Al-Kawas FH. Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010 Dec;6(12):795-7

5. Phlegmasia cerulea dolens: Sarwar S, Narra S, Munir A. Tex heart Inst J. 2009;36(1):76-7

6. Granular cell tumor of the esophagus: report of five cases and review of the literature: Narra SL, Tombazzi C, Datta V, Ismail MK. Am J Med Sci. 2008 May;335(5): 338-41

Ali Akbar, M.D.

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Dr. Akbar joined Gastro One in 2016 after completing his Gastroenterology and Hepatology training at University of Tennessee in Memphis. This included general gastroenterology and biliary endoscopy training. Previously he finished internal medicine training in 2008 at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia during which he received Best Resident of the Year award twice. This was followed by a year of chief medical residency for his training program.  

He then moved to Iowa where he worked as an internal medicine hospitalist for four years. While continuing as a hospitalist, he also volunteered to be a research associate in Mayo Clinic’s Gastroenterology division in Rochester MN for a year. He has published various articles in leading gastroenterology journals as a first author. He has also authored a book chapter in a medical text book and has presented abstracts in national meetings during his research and training years.

He finished medical school in Pakistan before moving to the US in 2005.  He lives in Memphis with his wife Asma and two children Qasim and Dua. 

Raif W. Elsakr, M.D., F.A.C.P.

 

Practice Location

3350 North Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133
(901) 377-2111
(901) 377-5105 (Fax)

Personal Note

Outside of my busy practice, I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife, Susie, is also a physician, and we are the proud parents of two children. I enjoy bicycle riding, reading the Bible, playing the guitar and playing volleyball.

Education and Training

A native of Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Elsakr studied general biology at Ain-Shams University, School of Science as an undergraduate and then attended medical school at Ain-Shams University, Faculty of Medicine in Cairo, finishing his studies and training there in 1986. He interned there for one year before beginning his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY, and later at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, VA, where he served as chief resident in internal medicine from 1993-1994 and as assistant professor of medicine from 1994-1995.

In 1995, he began a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, which he completed in 1997. He joined Gastroenterology Center of the MidSouth, now Gastro One, in 1997.

Dr. Elsakr is certified by the American Board of internal medicine in Internal Medicine and gastroenterology.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Associate Member of the American College of Gastroenterology
American Medical Association

Honors and Awards

Graduated with honors from Ain-Shams University
Senior Resident Seminar Award

Presentations

E.V.G.S.M. Internal Medicine Conference. Dermatological Manifestations of Internal Malignancies. October 12, 1992.

E.V.G.S.M. Internal Medicine Conference. Common Dermatoses. September 29, 1993.

E.V.G.S.M. Grand Round Dept. of Internal Medicine VA Medical Center. Cost Effective Approach of Iron Deficiency Anemia Outcome Analysis. June 14, 1994, Hampton, VA.

E.V.G.S.M. Grand Round Dept. of Internal Medicine Norfolk General Hospital. Cardiogenic Shock, Morbidity and Mortality Conference. June 29, 1994.

UT Case Conference, Gastroenterology Division. Porphyria. January 5, 1996, Memphis, TN.

UT Pathophysiology Conference, Gastroenterology Division. Lipid Digestion and Absorption. February 5, 1996, Memphis, TN.

UT Case Conference, Gastroenterology Division. Primary GI Lymphoma, MALT Lymphoma. March 1, 1996, Memphis, TN.

UT Case Conference, Gastroenterology Division. Role of Octreotide Radioactive Scan in Patient with Secretory Diarrhea. April 19, 1996, Memphis, TN.

UT Case Conference, Gastroenterology Division. Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection. August 23, 1996, Memphis, TN.

Publications

Elsakr R, Johnson D. Antimicrobial Therapy for Intra-Abdominal Infection. Current Opinion of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal.

Elsakr R, Smith L. After-hours Telephone Calls for the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellow. American Journal of Gastroenterology. Vol. 91, No. 9, A 398.

Elsakr R, Abell TL, Werkman R, Chiang G, Moore P, West L. Longitudinal Follow-up of Evaluations and Treatment of Patient with Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Disorder. Gastroenterology. Vol. 112, No. 4, A 228.

Elsakr R, Wekman R, et al. A fistula from the portal vein and the bile duct: An unusual complication of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 1998; 1993: 1952-1955.

Elsakr, R. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Real Challenge. The Wellness Guide Cita D. June-July 2002, Number 16.

Abstracts

Elsakr R, Johnson D, Kolm P, Ali A. Cost Effective Approach of Iron Deficiency Anemia Outcome Analysis. Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology. American Journal of Gastroenterology. Vol. 8, No. 9, A 263.

Elsakr R, Abell TL, Chiang G, Werkman R, Moore P, West L. Anal EMG Response to Therapy. Presented at the Fifth International Workshop on Electrogastrography, May, 1997 (IEGGS) Washington, D.C.
Research

Elsakr R, Johnson D. Misoprostol Effect in Postoperative Ileus (Prospective Study).

Elsakr R, Johnson D, Oldfield El. Single Daily Dose of Gentamicin in the Treatment of Diverticulitis (Prospective Therapeutic Trial).

Elsakr R, Fields B. Aphthous Ulceration in AIDS Patients (Review of three cases) ACG, Annual Postgraduate Gastroenterology Course "Anal EMG may be Predictive of Response to Pelvic Floor Retaining." October 16 & 17, 1999, Phoenix, AZ.

Michael S. Dragutsky, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G.

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Dr. Michael Dragutsky earned his undergraduate with honors at Texas A&M University and his MD degrees summa cum laude at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He completed his Internship and Residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN, serving as Chief Resident and his Fellowship at University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Secretary of the Digestive Health Physicians Association, and member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association, and the Association for Bariatric Endoscopy.  He holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

Dr. Dragutsky is currently President and a Managing Partner of Gastro One.  He serves as Treasurer of the Digestive Health Physicians Association. He is active in his community, serving as Board Member of the Brooks Museum of Art, Goodwill Homes Community Service and Temple Israel.  He and his wife Beni enjoy world travel and the performing arts. 

He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cornerstone Cellars, a critically acclaimed boutique Napa Valley winery.  He is a firm believer that red wine improves one's gut health!

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