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Pediatric Gastroenterologist/Hepatologists

Naveen Mittal MD Professor and Chief of MedicineNaveen Mittal, MD
Professor and Chief of Medicine
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dr. Mittal is the Professor of Pediatrics and the Division Chief for Pediatric Gastroenterology at University Hospital.  He received his medical degree from the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences in 1984.  He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the University of Chicago in 1996 and a clinical fellowship in gastroenterology at Bristol Royal Hospital, U.K. in 1991.   He trained at the Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia in 1992 and 1993; South Cleveland Hospital, Middleborough, U.K. in 1989 and 1990; and the Maulana Azad Medical College & Associated Hospitals from 1986 to 1990.  Dr. Mittal is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatric Transplant Hepatology. His interests include the liver, intestine, pancreas, nutrition such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, feeding disorders, abnormal liver function, fatty liver, short gut syndrome, IBD, IBS, Cystic Fibrosis, among other diseases and complications. He has authored numerous publications and conducted many speaking engagements.


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. Naim Alkhouri Assistant Professor of MedicineNaim Alkhouri, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Dr. Alkhouri leads the Pediatric Liver Disease Program at University Health System. He received his medical degree from 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 fellowship in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Alkhouri has over 100 publications and presents his work at both national and international medical conferences. He has received several research awards including the American College of Gastroenterology Junior Faculty Development Award to study the analysis of breath volatile organic compounds to diagnose nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and 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. His interests include nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency and liver transplantation.