Gaurav Arora, M.D., M.S.

Gaurav Arora, M.D., M.S., is fellowship-trained in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and fellowship-trained in Advanced Hepatology from Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons – St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn. He also holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research from Stanford University. Dr. Arora earned his medical degree from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, widely regarded as the premier medical school of India. In addition to English, he speaks fluent Hindi.

Prior to founding Denton Digestive Care, Dr. Arora was an assistant professor and faculty gastroenterologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he continues to serve as volunteer faculty. His advanced training includes radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s esophagus, endoscopic mucosal resection of the esophagus and complex stricture dilation in the esophagus. He is a three-time nominee to Texas Monthly’s Super Doctors® Rising Stars list and has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the distinguished Dedman Family Scholarship in Clinical Care.


Awards, Honors and Accomplishments

  • Named to the Super Doctors® Rising Stars (3rd year in a row) list to be published in a special advertising section in Texas Monthly. (July, 2014)
  • American Gastroenterological Association Oral Presentation for abstract “Blood transfusion in acute gastrointestinal bleeding.” (May, 2014)
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Oral Presentation for abstract “No difference in 30-day mortality with percutaneous gastrostomy performed by gastroenterology or interventional radiology: a cohort study of 1165 patients.” (May, 2013)
  • American Gastroenterological Association Poster of Distinction Award for abstract “Worse in-hospital survival with percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) than without: a propensity-matched nationwide retrospective cohort study of 150,000 procedures.” (May, 2013)
  • Recipient of the Dedman Family Scholarship in Clinical Care at UT Southwestern (2011-2015)
  • Selected to the NIH Clinical Research Scholars Program at UT Southwestern. (July, 2011)
  • First place winner, Texas Gulf Coast Society for Gastroenterology annual fellows’ presentation, Houston, Texas. (November, 2010)
  • American College of Gastroenterology Radhika Srinivasan Gender-based Research Award for abstract “Prevalence and determinants of constipation in the United States: results from the 2005–2006 national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES).” (October, 2010)
  • American College of Gastroenterology Presidential Poster Award for abstract “Prevalence and determinants of constipation in the United States: results from the 2005–2006 national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES).” (October, 2010)
  • American College of GastroenterologyOral Plenary Presentation for abstract “High in–hospital mortality following percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy: results of a nationwide population–based study.” (October, 2010)
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Presidential Poster of Distinction Award for abstract “Mortality in spontaneous bacterial peritonitis–decreased but still unacceptably high: a population–based study.” (November, 2010)
  • Travel scholarship award winner for the Fifteenth Annual Methodologies in Healthcare Outcomes in Gastroenterology: A Workshop Symposium (Sponsored by American Gastroenterological Association and Gastroenterology Research Group), Chicago, Illinois. (November, 2009)
  • Travel scholarship award winner to the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy, Galveston, Texas. (September, 2010)
  • Travel scholarship award winner to the Annual Meeting of AIIMSONIANS of America, alumni organization of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dallas, Texas. (August, 2008)
  • Recipient of the MacFarlane Foundation Scholarship for Master’s of Science in Epidemiology Program, Stanford University School of Medicine. (2007-2008)
  • First Recipient of the Endowed MacFarlane Advanced Hepatology Fellowship Award, Stanford University School of Medicine. (2006-2007)
  • Won the prestigious Indian Association of Pediatrics Annual Quiz (college-level) for two consecutive years, All India Institute of Medical Sciences. (1998, 1999)
  • Selected to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the premier medical school of India, being one of 34 candidates chosen from 50,000 applicants. (August, 1995)


Speaking Engagements

Invited Talks

  • “Fecal microbiota transplantation.” Aiimsonians of America 31st Annual Convention. August 10, 2013. The Palazzo, Las Vegas.
  • “Dyspepsia, nausea and vomiting.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds. June 6, 2013. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • “Are tailored intervals for polyp surveillance ready for prime time?” Current Controversies in Gastroenterology and Hepatology Symposium. February 9, 2013. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • “Optimizing outcomes after percutaneous gastrostomy.” Clinical Science Forum, UT-STAR. January 30, 2013. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • “Best of gastrointestinal outcomes research.” Best of DDW Symposium. June 23, 2012. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • “Addressing overuse of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy.” Clinical Science Forum, UT-STAR. May 16, 2012. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • “In-hospital mortality after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds. January 20, 2011. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • “Mortality after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds. September 9, 2010. University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • “Role of viral hepatitis in hepatic carcinogenesis.” International Liver Congress, November 26–28, 2008, Egyptian Forum for Liver Diseases, Cairo, Egypt.
  • “Management of portal vein thrombosis in hepatocellular carcinoma.” International Liver Congress, November 26–28, 2008, Egyptian Forum for Liver Diseases, Cairo, Egypt.

Presentations

  • Arora G, Barroso A. “Recurrent colon cancer in a young man subsequently diagnosed with Lynch syndrome.” Gastroenterology Multidisciplinary Conference. The Methodist Hospital, Houston. June 2011.
  • Arora G, Scott LD. “Kaposi’s sarcoma presenting as multiple colonic polyps.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, March 2011.
  • Arora G, Pan JJ. “Fatal Herpes Simplex Virus-induced fulminant hepatitis in a previously healthy man.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, May 2011.
  • Arora G, Barroso A. “Sub–squamous esophageal adenocarcinoma after successful ablation of Barrett’s esophagus with high–grade dysplasia.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, January 2011.
  • Arora G. “In–hospital mortality after percutaneous gastrostomy.” Annual meeting. Texas Gulf Coast GI Society. October 2010.
  • Arora G, Lukens FJ. “Extra-pancreatic malignancies associated with intra-ductal papillary neoplasms of the pancreas.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, August 2010.
  • Arora G, Ertan A. “Recurrent esophageal adenocarcinoma after Ivor–Lewis esophagectomy for Barrett’s cancer.” Gastroenterology Multidisciplinary Conference. The Methodist Hospital, Houston. May 2010.
  • Arora G, Barroso A. “Localized low–grade gastric dysplasia: treatment options.” Gastroenterology Multidisciplinary Conference. The Methodist Hospital, Houston. May 2010.
  • Arora G, Scott LD. “Sclerosing mesenteritis.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, May 2010.
  • Arora G, Lukens FJ. “Squamous papilloma of the esophagus.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, March 2010.
  • Arora G, Scott LD. “Anticipating the need for deep sedation during endoscopy.” Quality Improvement Conference. LBJ General Hospital, February 2010.
  • Arora G, Lukens FJ. “Colonic endometriosis.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, January 2010.
  • Arora G. “Nutritional support for the liver failure patient.” Nutrition Conference. University of Texas at Houston, October 2009.
  • Arora G, Scott LD. “Colonic perforation from a colonoscopy.” Quality Improvement Conference. LBJ General Hospital, September 2009.
  • Arora G, Fallon MB. “Chronic ductopenic rejection associated with viral clearance resulting from successful treatment of recurrent hepatitis C after liver transplantation.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, August 2009.
  • Arora G, Lukens FJ. “Management of rectal carcinoid.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, April 2009.
  • Arora G, Lukens FJ. “Gastric mucormycosis as a cause of hematemesis in a solid-organ transplant recipient.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, January 2009.
  • Arora G, Botero RC. “Hepatocellular carcinoma in chronic hepatitis C without cirrhosis.” Gastroenterology Grand Rounds, University of Texas at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, September 2008.
  • Arora G, Cheung RC. “Acetaminophen toxicity–induced acute liver failure.” Digestive Diseases Conference, Stanford University School of Medicine, June 2007.
  • Singh G, Mannalithara A, Arora G, Gerson LB, Triadafilopoulos G. “Risk of perforation from a colonoscopy in adults: a large population-based study.” Poster presentation. Digestive Diseases Week, May 2007.
  • Singh G, Vadhavkar S, Wang H, Arora G, Dabbous O, Rahman M, Triadafilopoulos G. “Co-morbidities and complications in patients with ulcerative colitis: a population-based matched cohort study.” Poster presentation. Digestive Diseases Week, May 2007.
  • Singh G, Vadhavkar S, Wang H, Arora G, Dabbous O, Rahman M, Triadafilopoulos G. “Co-morbidities and complications in patients with Crohn’s disease: A population-based matched cohort study.” Poster presentation. Digestive Diseases Week, May 2007.
  • Singh G, Vadhavkar S, Wang H, Arora G, Dabbous O, Rahman M, Triadafilopoulos G. “Blood and guts: thromboembolic complications of inflammatory bowel disease.” Poster presentation. Digestive Diseases Week, May 2007.
  • Arora G, Cooper AD. “Cytomegalovirus hepatitis after orthotopic liver transplantation.” Digestive Diseases Conference, Stanford University School of Medicine, February 2007.
  • Arora G. “AASLD meeting review: utility of ultrasound elastography in diagnosing hepatic fibrosis.” Digestive Diseases Conference, Stanford University School of Medicine, November 2006.
  • Arora G, McGinity M, Lim JK.“Prevalence and distribution of overweight and obesity among NCAA football players.” Poster presentation, Annual Meeting, North American Association for the Study of Obesity, October 2006.
  • Arora G, McGinity M, Lim JK.“Prevalence and distribution of overweight and obesity among NCAA football players.” Poster presentation, Annual Meeting, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, May 2006.
  • Abunasser JJ, Brown RB, Arora G. “Safety of large volume thoracentesis.” Poster presentation, annual meeting, Connecticut chapter, American College of Physicians (ACP), October 2005.
  • Arora G, Singh P. “Patient safety: life threatening hyperkalemia in a patient caused by ingestion of potassium citrate solution.” Poster presentation, Science at St. Vincent’s Symposium, April, 2005.
  • Arora G. “Clostridium difficile–associated disease.” Resident seminar presentation. Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, March 2005.
  • Arora G, Singh P. “Patient Safety: Life threatening hyperkalemia in a patient caused by ingestion of potassium citrate solution.” Poster presentation, annual meeting, Connecticut chapter, American College of Physicians (ACP), October 2004
  • Smejkal P, Arora G. “Severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in a twenty-seven year old woman.” Poster presentation, annual meeting, Connecticut chapter, American College of Physicians (ACP), October 2004.
  • Arora G, Abid I. “Biatrial masses in a sixty-four year old man.” Poster presentation, annual meeting, Connecticut chapter, American College of Physicians (ACP), October 2003.


Publications and Writings

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Pidlaoan V, Arora G, Rockey D. “Blood transfusion in acute gastrointestinal bleeding.” (Submitted).
  • Arora G, Mehta S, Batra S, Tanikella R, Fallon MB, DuPont AW. “Prevalence and determinants of constipation in the United States: results from the national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES).” (Submitted)
  • Arora G, Keeffe EB.  “Chronic hepatitis B with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis: impact of antiviral therapy.”  Rev Gastroenterol Disord. 2007 Spring;7(2):63-73
  • Arora G, Mannalithara A, Mithal A, Triadafilopoulos G, Singh G. Concomitant proton pump inhibitor therapy improves adherence to aspirin used for cardiovascular prevention: a population-based study. (Submitted)
  • Lee D and Arora G. “Medical management of fecal incontinence in adults: A review.” Clin Colon and Rectal Surgery. (In press)
  • Thosani N, Ghouri Y, Shah S, Reddy S, Arora G, Scott LD. “Life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding in Klippel Trenaunay syndrome.” Endoscopy. Epub 2013 Jul 25.
  • Arora G, Rockey DC, Gupta S. “High in–hospital mortality following percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy: results of a nationwide population–based study.” Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. Epub2013 Apr 16.
  • Arora G, Mannalithara A, Mithal A, Triadafilopoulos G, Singh G. “Concurrent Conditions in Patients with Chronic Constipation: A Population–based Study.” PLoS ONE. 2012; 7(10): e42910
  • Richards DM, Tanikella R, Arora G, Guha S, Dekovich AA. Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy in Cancer Patients: Predictors of 30-Day Complications, 30-Day Mortality, and Overall Mortality. Dig Dis Sci. Epub 2012 Sep 25.
  • Arora G, Gupta S, Rockey D. “Gastrostomy score for 30-day mortality: good start but way to go.” Gastrointest Endosc. 2012 Jul; 76(1):224-5.
  • Bacon BR et al (authors); Arora G et al (collaborators). “Diagnosis and management of hemochromatosis: 2011 practice guideline by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.” Hepatology. 2011 Jul; 54(1):328-43.
  • Bruix J, Sherman M (authors); Arora G et al (collaborators). “Management of hepatocellular carcinoma: an update.” Practice guideline by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Hepatology. 2011 Mar; 53(3):1020-2.
  • Lee WM, Larson AM, Stravitz T (authors); Arora G et al (collaborators). “AASLD position paper: the management of acute liver failure: update 2011.” Available at: www.aasld.org/practiceguidelines/Documents/AcuteLiverFailureUpdate2011.pdf.
  • Arora G, Singh G, Vadhavkar S, Shah SB, Mannalithara A, Mithal A, Triadafilopoulos G. “Incidence and risk of intestinal and extra-intestinal complications in Medicaid patients with inflammatory bowel disease: a 5-Year population-based study.” Dig Dis Sci. 2010; 55(6):1689-95.
  • Arora G, Singh G, Triadafilopoulos G. “Comparison of incident dyspepsia between low-dose plain aspirin and enteric-coated aspirin.” Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010 Apr;8(4):395-6.
  • Arora G, Singh G, Triadafilopoulos G. “Proton pump inhibitors for gastro-duodenal damage related to NSAIDs or aspirin: 12 important questions for clinical practice.” Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009; 7(7): 725-735.
  • Jafri SM, Arora G, Triadafilopoulos G. “What is left of the endoscopic anti-reflux devices?” Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2009; 25 (4): 352-7.
  • Arora G, Basra S, Roorda AK, Triadafilopoulos G. “Radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s esophagus.” European Surgery. 2009; 41:19-25.
  • Arora G, Mannalithara A, Gerson LB, Singh G, Triadafilopoulos G. “Risk of perforation from a colonoscopy in adults: a large population-based study.” Gastrointest Endosc. 2009; 69(3): 654-64.
  • Arora G, Triadafilopoulos G. “Drawing conclusions about short-term variability in liver function test results.” Ann Intern Med. 2008 Jul 15;149(2):144.
  • Arora G, Vadhavkar S, Singh G, Friedman GD, Triadafilopoulos G. “Outcomes and resource utilization during hospitalization for liver transplantation in the United States: a nationwide study.” Master’s Thesis, Stanford University Library, Stanford, CA. June 2009.
  • Arora G, Keeffe EB. “Management of chronic liver failure until liver transplantation.” Med Clin North Am. 2008 Jul;92(4):839-60.
  • Werder G, Arora G, Frisch A, Aslam S, Imani F, Missri J, “Clenbuterol-contaminated heroin: cardiovascular and metabolic effects, a case series and review.” Connecticut Medicine 2006 Jan;70(1):5-11

Abstracts

  • Singhania R, Moghe JV and Arora, G. “Percutaneous gastrostomy in cirrhotics: An outcomes study.” Am J Gastroenterol. 2013.
  • Singhania R, Moghe JV and Arora, G. “Outcomes following percutaneous gastrostomy for gastrointestinal decompression at a tertiary care center.” Am J Gastroenterol. 2013.
  • Arora G, Moghe JV, Rockey DC, Meals D, Gupta S. “No difference in 30-day mortality with percutaneous gastrostomy performed by gastroenterology or interventional radiology: a cohort study of 1165 patients.” Gastrointest Endosc. 2013.
  • Arora G, Rockey DC, Gupta S. “Worse in-hospital survival with percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) than without: a propensity-matched nationwide retrospective cohort study of 150,000 procedures.” Gastroenterology. 2013.
  • Arora G, Gupta S, Rockey DC. “Blood transfusion is associated with increased mortality in upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage due to varices: a nationwide study.” Gastroenterology. 2013.
  • Arora G, Kim HN, Varia AK, Fallon MB. “Mortality in spontaneous bacterial peritonitis–decreased but still unacceptably high: a population–based study.” Hepatology. 2010; 52 (4): 889A.
  • Arora G, Blackmon SH, Santora RJ, Ertan A. “Incomplete esophagectomy is a risk factor for recurrence of neoplasia.” Am J Gastroenterol. 2010; 105 (S1): S26.
  • Arora G, DuPont AW. “High in–hospital mortality following percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy: results of a nationwide population–based study.” Am J Gastroenterol. 2010; 105 (S1): S402.
  • Tanikella R, Arora G, Patnana SV, DuPont AW. “Prevalence and determinants of constipation in the United States: results from the 2005–2006 national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES).” Am J Gastroenterol. 2010; 105 (S1): S499.
  • Kim, HN, Arora G, Varia AK, Scott LD. “Is a positive fecal occult blood test predictive of worse endoscopic findings on a subsequent colonoscopy when compared to those undergoing a screening colonoscopy, in an underserved population?” Am J Gastroenterol. 2010; 105 (S1): S552.
  • Mehta SS, Arora G, Fallon MB. “Severe chronic ductopenic rejection related to successful treatment of recurrent hepatitis C infection in a liver transplant recipient.” Am J Gastroenterol. 2010; 105 (S1): S284.
  • Varia AK, Osowo AT, Kim HN, Arora G, Machicao V, Fallon MB, Lukens FJ. “Gender preference for endoscopists in the adult Hispanic patient: the results of a prospective study.” Gastrointest Endosc. 2010; 71 (5): AB217.
  • Jafri SM, Biswas J, Arora G, Davila M. “Utility and safety of endoscopic procedures in neutropenic patients with gastrointestinal bleeding.” Gastrointest Endosc. 2009; 69 (5): AB313.
  • Shah SB, Singh G, Arora G, Mannalithara A, Rajagopalan J, Mithal A, Pasricha PJ, Triadafilopoulos G. “Looking beyond the bowel: co-morbidities and complications of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.” Gastroenterology. 2009; 136 (5): A192.
  • Shah SB, Singh G, Arora G, Mannalithara A, Rajagopalan J, Mithal A, Pasricha PJ, Triadafilopoulos G. “Clots and guts: thromboembolic events over five years after diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease: a population-based, matched cohort study.” Gastroenterology. 2009; 136 (5): A194.
  • Arora G, Vadhavkar S, Singh G, Friedman GD, Triadafilopoulos G. “Outcomes and resource utilization during hospitalization for liver transplantation in the United States: a nationwide study.” Hepatology. 2008; 48 (S1): A555
  • Arora G, McGinity M, Lim JK,“Prevalence and distribution of overweight and obesity among NCAA football players.” Obesity. 2006; 14 (9): A224
  • Abunasser JJ,Brown RB, Arora G “Safety of large volume thoracentesis.” Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2006; 173: A493

Book Chapters

  • Arora G, Triadafilopoulos G. “Gastroenterology.” In: Hirth, V (editor). Case–based geriatrics: a global approach. McGraw Hill. 2010.
  • Arora G, Lukens FJ. “Flexible sigmoidoscopy.” In: Kulkarni, R (editor). Clinical procedures. eMedicine from WebMD. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1637664-overview. Updated January 31, 2011.
  • Arora G, Lukens FJ. “Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement.” In: Kulkarni, R (editor). Clinical procedures. eMedicine from WebMD. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/149665-overview. Updated January 29, 2010.
  • Arora G, Ayoub WS, Keeffe EB. “Percutaneous liver biopsy.” In: Kulkarni, R (editor). Clinical procedures. eMedicine from WebMD. Available at: http://www.emedicine.com/proc/topic149684.htm. Updated November 10, 2008.