Feb. 26: Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor, has been selected and has agreed to serve as the new chief for the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine. She has served in the interim chief role since January 2017.
Dr. Fasiha Kanwal received her training in gastroenterology and hepatology from the University of California Los Angeles, and received research training with a masters in Science, Health Services. She joined Saint Louis University as an assistant professor in 2006 and moved to Baylor College of Medicine in 2011. She is currently a tenured professor in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Kanwal has a strong track record of scientific achievements. Her research focuses on assessing and improving quality and outcomes of care in individuals with chronic liver diseases, including those with chronic hepatitis C, hepatitis B virus, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular cancer. She was the recipient of competitive faculty awards, including the Research Excellence in GI and Liver Award (2007) and Emerging Leaders in Gastroenterology Award (2008). She has had continuous research funding since her fellowship, including a current Veterans Administration Merit Review Award and a Cancer Prevention Research in Texas grant. In total, she has been awarded 14 grants at the principal investigator level and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She also serves as one of the core directors for our NIH-funded Digestive Diseases Center.
Nationally, she has participated in several service and leadership roles and also has been asked on numerous occasions to chair and serve on scientific sessions, abstract review committees, and grant review study sections. Currently, she serves as the chair of the AASLD Practice Metrics Committee. She also is the editor-in-chief of one of the leading clinical journals in digestive disease, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.