Dr. Ashish S. Patel has a strong clinical and research interest in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In addition to a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship, Dr. Patel completed a specialty fellowship (awarded and funded by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America) in pediatric IBD with Dr. Marla Dubinsky (Cedars-Sinai Los Angeles). Dr. Patel founded and continues to develop the multidisciplinary clinic as the foundation for a center of excellence in pediatric IBD (The Southwestern Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Children's Medical Center Dallas). Currently, the outpatient clinic is supported by pediatric gastroenterologists, nurses, a registered dietitian and a child psychologist. The current patient coverage area extends from El Paso to Louisiana and Oklahoma to San Antonio. Consultation has been provided to physicians and families across the nation and internationally. The center's goal is to provide cutting edge clinical care with an emphasis on clinical research.

In addition to outpatient clinical care, Dr. Patel spends twelve to fourteen weeks per year on the inpatient ward or consult services. On the inpatient service, Dr. Patel covers 18 hospital beds for a two week block while providing mentorship to the fellow on service in addition to the senior resident, two to three pediatric interns, and two to three medical students. Formal teaching rounds are conducted daily for 2-3 hours in addition to informal teaching in the form of lectures, physical exams, history taking, and reviewing and critiquing of written history and physicals. On the consult service, phone calls are fielded from outside primary care physicians with a wide range of gastroenterology questions in addition to providing gastroenterology support to all other services requesting a formal consult including the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. 

Dr. Patel is actively involved in teaching on the nursing, medical student, resident, and fellow level. Specifically, he provides lectures focused on gastroenterology related topics during new nurse orientation, participates in the monthly teaching lectures for the medical students, provides lectures for the residents during the lunch conferences, in addition to serving as 'the expert' at Friday Morning Report. Dr. Patel works with the fellows individually in clinical education, in the form of rounds, direct education on core gastroenterology topics, teaching procedures, monthly journal club, and Monday morning report, an exercise that allows for the sharing of an interesting clinical challenge and providing a review of the current literature.

Dr. Patel has worked within the gastroenterology clinic, to develop Inflammatory Bowel Disease Competencies for the Clinical Nutrition Department at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Dr. Patel has collaborated with our adult IBD colleagues to create a seamless transitions program and joined to create a monthly multidisciplinary adult and pediatric IBD conference. With the help of Dr. Lily Iteld and our child life team, we have created an IBD support group for children. Dr. Patel currently leads a parent support group for families with children with IBD.

Dr. Patel is the elected medical representative at large for the medical executive committee at Children’s Medical Center Dallas as well as the GI division lead in electronic medical records as well as serving on hospital-wide committees like the Physician Advisory Committee, the Ambulatory User Group. the Mobile Device working group, and the GI Operations working group.

Dr. Patel participates in the recruitment of medical students for the UTSW medical school. He also participates in the recruitment of pediatric residents and pediatric gastroenterology fellows. Additionally, he also interviews locally for his alma mater, Emory University.

Dr. Patel is actively involved in community activities, specifically through the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America where he serves as chair of the Medical Advisory Board as well as the medical director for Camp Oasis, a camp for children with IBD. He is also active in charitable organizations within the Indian community, serving on the planning committee for the annual pediatric BAPS health fair.

Dr. Patel has also founded the DFW Pediatric Gut Club, a forum that brings together all pediatric gastroenterologists in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex in a collegial academic environment.


Medical School
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (2000)
Scott and White Memorial Hospital (2001), Pediatrics
Scott and White Memorial Hospital (2003), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2006), Pediatric Gastroenterology

Research Interest

  • At Risk Populations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Genetics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Quaity Improvement


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Perceived medication adherence barriers mediating effects between gastrointestinal symptoms and health-related quality of life in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.
Varni JW, Shulman RJ, Self MM, Saeed SA, Zacur GM, Patel AS, Nurko S, Neigut DA, Franciosi JP, Saps M, Denham JM, Dark CV, Bendo CB, Pohl JF Qual Life Res 2017 Sep
Histologic Correlates of Clinical and Endoscopic Severity in Children Newly Diagnosed With Ulcerative Colitis.
Boyle B, Collins MH, Wang Z, Mack D, Griffiths A, Sauer C, Markowitz J, LeLeiko N, Keljo D, Rosh J, Baker SS, Pfefferkorn M, Heyman M, Patel A, Baldassano R, Noe J, Rufo P, Kugathasan S, Walters T, Denson L, Hyams J Am. J. Surg. Pathol. 2017 Aug
Patient Health Communication Mediating Effects Between Gastrointestinal Symptoms and Gastrointestinal Worry in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Varni JW, Shulman RJ, Self MM, Saeed SA, Patel AS, Nurko S, Neigut DA, Saps M, Zacur GM, Dark CV, Bendo CB, Pohl JF Inflamm. Bowel Dis. 2017 May 23 5 704-711
Prediction of complicated disease course for children newly diagnosed with Crohn's disease: a multicentre inception cohort study.
Kugathasan S, Denson LA, Walters TD, Kim MO, Marigorta UM, Schirmer M, Mondal K, Liu C, Griffiths A, Noe JD, Crandall WV, Snapper S, Rabizadeh S, Rosh JR, Shapiro JM, Guthery S, Mack DR, Kellermayer R, Kappelman MD, Steiner S, Moulton DE, Keljo D, Cohen S, Oliva-Hemker M, Heyman MB, Otley AR, Baker SS, Evans JS, Kirschner BS, Patel AS, Ziring D, Trapnell BC, Sylvester FA, Stephens MC, Baldassano RN, Markowitz JF, Cho J, Xavier RJ, Huttenhower C, Aronow BJ, Gibson G, Hyams JS, Dubinsky MC Lancet 2017 Mar
Gastrointestinal symptoms predictors of health-related quality of life in pediatric patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders.
Varni JW, Shulman RJ, Self MM, Nurko S, Saps M, Saeed SA, Patel AS, Dark CV, Bendo CB, Pohl JF Qual Life Res 2016 Oct
Gastrointestinal Symptoms Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Varni JW, Shulman RJ, Self MM, Saeed SA, Patel AS, Nurko S, Neigut DA, Saps M, Franciosi JP, Denham JM, Zacur GM, Dark CV, Bendo CB, Pohl JF J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 2016 Oct
Genome-wide Association Study Identifies African-Specific Susceptibility Loci in African Americans with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Brant SR, Okou DT, Simpson CL, Cutler DJ, Haritunians T, Bradfield JP, Chopra P, Prince J, Begum F, Kumar A, Huang C, Venkateswaran S, Datta LW, Wei Z, Thomas K, Herrinton LJ, Klapproth JA, Quiros AJ, Seminerio J, Liu Z, Alexander JS, Baldassano RN, Dudley-Brown S, Cross RK, Dassopoulos T, Denson LA, Dhere TA, Dryden GW, Hanson JS, Hou JK, Hussain SZ, Hyams JS, Isaacs KL, Kader H, Kappelman MD, Katz J, Kellermayer R, Kirschner BS, Kuemmerle JF, Kwon JH, Lazarev M, Li E, Mack D, Mannon P, Moulton DE, Newberry RD, Osuntokun BO, Patel AS, Saeed SA, Targan SR, Valentine JF, Wang MH, Zonca M, Rioux JD, Duerr RH, Silverberg MS, Cho JH, Hakonarson H, Zwick ME, McGovern DP, Kugathasan S Gastroenterology 2016 Sep
Adalimumab in pediatric Crohn's disease.
Patel AS, Suarez LD, Rosh JR Immunotherapy 2016 Feb 8 2 127-133
Genetics and Therapeutics in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis: the Past, Present and Future.
Sifuentes-Dominguez L, Patel AS F1000Res 2016 5
PedsQL Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales and Gastrointestinal Worry Scales in Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Comparison with Healthy Controls.
Varni JW, Franciosi JP, Shulman RJ, Saeed S, Nurko S, Neigut DA, Bendo CB, Patel AS, Self MM, Saps M, Zacur GM, Denham J, Dark CV, Pohl JF Inflamm. Bowel Dis. 2015 Mar

Honors & Awards

  • Physician of the Year
    The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (2018)
  • Top Gastroenterologist
    International Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHCP) (2012)
  • Best Pediatric Specialists
    D Magazine (2011-2017)
  • NASPGHAN Travel Award
  • National Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship Award
    Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (2006)
  • Chief Resident, Pediatrics
    Texas A&M HSC (2002-2003)
  • Pediatric Resident of the Year
    Texas A&M HSC (2001-2002)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Board of Pediatrics (2007)
  • American Gastroenterological Association (2006)
  • Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America (2006)
  • North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist and Nutrition (2006)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Texas Medical Association