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Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Sibley Memorial Hospital

The new endoscopy program on the Sibley Memorial Hospital campus launched in January 2014.  Our goal is to make our gastroenterology services as convenient as possible for you. Our physicians will be located in the Sibley Medical Building on the 3rd floor. To make an appointment, please call 202-660-5555.

Meet Our Physicians

Firas H. Al-Kawas, M.D., FACP, FACG, FASGE
Professor; Director of Endoscopy

Joining Johns Hopkins from Georgetown University, where he was the chief of endoscopy for 15 years, Dr. Al-Kawas is a world-renowned authority in pancreatobiliary disease and interventional endoscopy. In 2006, he was one of three individuals in North America to receive one of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s highest honors, the Master Endoscopist award, in recognition for his impressive career as a gastroenterologist, endoscopist and administrator. Dr. Al-Kawas has delivered more than 200 lectures around the world and published more than 120 papers and book chapters addressing a variety of topics in gastroenterology and endoscopy.
Dr. Al-Kawas is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine.

Medical Degree: Damascus University, Damascus, Syria
Residencies: St. George Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon; DC General Hospital, Washington, DC; Georgetown University Medical Center
Fellowship: VA Medical Center, Washington, DC
Languages Spoken: English and Arabic
Practice Location: Sibley Memorial Hospital
Kirti Shetty, M.D., FACG
Associate Professor; Director of Hepatology
Dr. Shetty joins Johns Hopkins from Georgetown University, where she was a professor of medicine and surgery and continues as an adjunct professor. She previously served as medical director of liver transplantation at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, where she established the transplant hepatology service line and initiated and directed the ACGME-accredited transplant hepatology fellowship program.
Her clinical interests include viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, liver cancer and liver transplantation outcomes. Her research focuses on mechanisms of hepatocarcinogenesis in cirrhosis. Her ongoing translational research collaborations explore biomarkers for hepatocellular carcinoma and chemopreventive approaches in patients with cirrhosis. Dr. Shetty has authored numerous publications in prestigious journals and has both contributed to and edited textbooks in liver disease.
Dr. Shetty is board-certified in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.
Medical Degree: Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Fellowships: University of Connecticut; Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY
Languages Spoken: English, Hindi
Practice Locations: Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Jacqueline Laurin, M.D.,

Dr. Laurin has 20 years of experience in the field of transplant and general hepatology. She joins us from Georgetown University where she was an associate professor of medicine and surgery. There, she was a member of the teaching faculty for the Georgetown University School of Medicine and Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program. In addition, she was the transplant representative for the patient safety committee. Previously, Dr. Laurin was an associate professor at the University of Maryland where she was medical director of liver transplant and clinical director of hepatology. In this role, she won numerous teaching awards from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Laurin has published articles on the complications of portal hypertension, liver transplant and hepatocellular carcinoma. 

Dr. Laurin’s special interests include:
  • Chronic viral hepatitis
  • Portal hypertension
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Hepatocellullar carcinoma
  • Autoimmune liver diseases
  • Liver transplant
  • Cirrhosis
Medical Degree: University of Florida 
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Maryland 
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, University of Maryland; Hepatology, Mayo Clinic Rochester
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