Mansour A. Parsi, MD, Named Chief of Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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One of the most accomplished and talented  pancreato-biliary investigators and interventional endoscopists in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology, Mansour A. Parsi, MD, MPH, MBA, has been named as the Hyman Professor of Medicine and the chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Parsi, who was recruited from Tulane University after a national search, will begin his position at UTHSC on July 1. He will also serve as the vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, and the medical director of the Gastroenterology Service Line at Regional One Health.

Dr. Mansour Parsi

Dr. Parsi has most recently served as the chief of the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Tulane University’s School of Medicine. Previously, he had served as director for the Center for Endoscopy and Pancreatic Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. His research interests include both benign and malignant pancreatic disease, cholangiocarcinoma, biliary strictures, and primary sclerosing cholangitis.

“We are very fortunate to recruit one of the national leaders in the field of pancreato-biliary disease to UTHSC,” said Nicholas Verne, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine. “Dr. Parsi will signal a new and exciting era for the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.”

Dr. Parsi is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He received his medical degree with distinction from the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway, before completing a residency in Internal Medicine and his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Parsi then completed an Advanced Fellowship in Endoscopy and Pancreatobiliary Disease at the University of Virginia. He also received his Master of Public Health degree with a dual major in Population Health Research and Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in 2012.

“I am very excited to join UTHSC and am looking forward to joining forces with the many talented people in the Department of Mecine,” Dr. Parsi said. “The Department of Medicine has a bright future under Dr. Nicholas Verne’s leadership.”

Dr. Parsi has also been recognized as a prominent researcher and innovator in his fields. He has received numerous awards during his career, including the Research Excellence in Gastroenterology and Liver Award, which is given to the top 20 most promising investigators in United States in the field, the American College of Gastroenterology Governors Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, and the Research Outcomes and Effectiveness Award from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Parsi has pioneered and developed several advanced endoscopic techniques for pancreatobiliary disease, which have earned him several Innovator Awards, as well as extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is also a well-published author, having over 125 original publications in top biomedical journals, including six papers in the world’s top gastrointestinal journal, Gastroenterology.

“We are so pleased to have Dr. Parsi, a world leader in the field of gastroenterology, coming to UTHSC to lead our team of specialists in the care of patients with both routine and complex disorders of the GI tract,” said Scott Strome, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine. “His position as both a clinician and internationally recognized thought leader, will provide patients with access to world-class, cutting-edge care, and will serve as a cornerstone in our efforts to develop an academic tertiary/quaternary care medical center in partnership with Regional One Health.”