The Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Sibley Memorial Hospital
The 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 are located in the Sibley Medical Building on the third 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 people 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: Saint George Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon; District of Columbia General Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Georgetown University Medical Center
Fellowship: Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center
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
Saleh Alqahtani, M.D.
Assistant Professor; Director of Clinical Liver Research
Specializing in digestive diseases, endoscopy and liver transplant, Dr. Alqahtani is an expert on Hepatitis B and C, autoimmune hepatitis and liver cancer. He also has research interests in the effectiveness of surveillance for liver cancer and drug induced liver injury.
Dr. Alqahtani has published numerous papers and book chapters and is board certified in transplant hepatology, gastroenterology and internal medicine.
Medical degree: King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Residency: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
Fellowship: University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Languages spoken: English and Arabic
Practice Locations: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Jacqueline Laurin, M.D.
Associate Professor; Hepatologist
Dr. Laurin joins Johns Hopkins from Georgetown University Hospital, where she was an associate professor of surgery and medicine. Specializing in hepatology, Dr. Laurin sees patients with chronic viral Hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, portal hypertension and hepatocellular carcinoma as well as liver transplant patients. Dr. Laurin has authored numerous publications and is a frequently invited lecturer on liver disease. She is board certified in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.
Medical Degree: University of Florida College of Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Fellowships: University of Maryland School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic
Languages Spoken: English
Practice Locations: Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in Arlington, Virginia