Chenlu Tian, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases.

Dr. Tian grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. She holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and Asian Studies from Rice University in Houston, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She completed internal medicine residency training at Emory University in Atlanta and returned to UT Southwestern for advanced training through a gastroenterology fellowship.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in gastroenterology, Dr. Tian joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2015.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Tian is the Director of the GI Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee.

Dr. Tian is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, the Dallas County Medical Society, and the Texas Medical Association.

Personal Note

Dr. Tian's interests outside of medicine include spending time with family, traveling the world, biking trails, and tasting ethnic cuisines.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2009)
Emory University School of Medicine (2012), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2015), Gastroenterology

Research Interest

  • Colorectal Cancer and Screening
  • Patient Education
  • Quality Improvement


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Periprocedural management of aspirin during colonoscopy: a survey of practice patterns in the United States.
Robbins R, Tian C, Singal A, Agrawal D Gastrointest. Endosc. 2015 Nov 82 5 895-900
Clinical reminders for hepatocellular carcinoma surveillance: an early step in a long journey.
Tian C, Singal AG Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 2015 Jan 13 1 180-2
Contrasting Perspectives of Anesthesiologists and Gastroenterologists on the Optimal Time Interval between Bowel Preparation and Endoscopic Sedation.
Agrawal D, Marull J, Tian C, Rockey DC Gastroenterol Res Pract 2015 2015 497176
Readability, suitability, and health content assessment of web-based patient education materials on colorectal cancer screening.
Tian C, Champlin S, Mackert M, Lazard A, Agrawal D Gastrointest. Endosc. 2014 Aug 80 2 284-90
Diagnostic paracentesis is associated with improved survival among hospitalized patients with cirrhosis.
Tian C, Singal AG Gastroenterology 2014 Mar 146 3 858-9
Cannulation time is a more accurate measure of cannulation difficulty in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography than the number of attempts.
Tian C, Gamboa A, Chaudhury B, Willingham FF, Keilin S, Cai Q Gastroenterol Rep (Oxf) 2013 Nov 1 3 193-7
Identification of small-molecule inhibitors of the colorectal cancer oncogene Kruppel-like factor 5 expression by ultrahigh-throughput screening.
Bialkowska AB, Crisp M, Bannister T, He Y, Chowdhury S, SchĂ¼rer S, Chase P, Spicer T, Madoux F, Tian C, Hodder P, Zaharevitz D, Yang VW Mol. Cancer Ther. 2011 Nov 10 11 2043-51

Honors & Awards

  • Salix Travel Award
    Digestive Diseases Week Conference (2014)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Honorary Academic Society (2005)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Gastroenterology Association (2012)
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2014)