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Hashem El-Sera

Hashem El-Sera

Sector : Science, Scientists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1966
  • Age: 56
  • Curriculum vitae :


Hashem Al-Sarraj (born in 1966 in Libya), is an American physician and medical researcher of Palestinian origin who is known for his research in liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and hepatitis C. He has more than 20 research published in refereed journals.


about him

Al-Sarraj was born in 1966 in Libya to Palestinian parents from the Gaza Strip. He graduated in medicine from the Arab Medical University in Benghazi, Libya in 1991, then moved to the United States, where he worked in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine Hospital (1993-1995), and obtained a fellowship in gastroenterology in clinical gastroenterology in University of New Mexico (1995-1997), and a master’s degree in public health from the same university in 1998. He worked in the years 2007-2016 as director of the Texas Medical Center for Digestive Diseases, in Houston, and in the years 2012-2017 he served as editor-in-chief of the journal Diseases "Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology" is a specialist and today holds a professorial position in the Department of Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.


His 1999 paper on Liver Cancer Cases Rising in the United States received more than 2,000 citations, and he has more than 300 scientific papers on the subject. Dr. Al-Sarraj has also become a leading expert in chronic liver disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease. His research also focuses on the clinical epidemiology and outcome of several gastrointestinal disorders, including Barrett's esophagus, esophageal adenocarcinoma, and hepatitis C. He has received more than 60 funded research grants, including grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Institute for Cancer Prevention and Research. Texas, Department of Veterans Affairs and Professional Associations.

Achievements and Awards

Awards and Honors

He received awards including:


2019 - “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in Clinical Medicine by Thomson Reuters


2016 - Michael E. DeBakey Award for Research Excellence


2016 - Prestigious Local Branch Award in NEAMA


2016 - Ben Qurra Prize


2011 - Blue Faery Award for Excellence in Liver Cancer Research


2005 - Master's Award from the American Gastroenterology Association in Clinical Research


2003 - Young Clinical Investigator Award from the American Gastroenterology Association


1997 - Glaxo Wellcome Digestive Health Award for Advancement in Healthcare


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