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Firas Hassan Ihsan Al-Kawas, MD

Director of Endoscopy, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Professor of Medicine
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  • Director of Endoscopy, Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Professor of Medicine


Barrett's Esophagus, Gastroenterology, Gastroesophageal Cancer


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.


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  • American College of Physicians, Fellow
  • American Gastroenterological Association, Member
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Fellow
  • West Virginia Gastrointestinal Society, Honorary Member
  • American College of Gastroenterology, Fellow
  • Syrian Society of Gastroenterology, Honorary member
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    • Damascus University (Damascus) (1974)


    • DC General Hospital / Internal Medicine (Washington DC ) (1979)
    • DC General Hospital / Pathology (Washington DC ) (1976)


    • Washington DC VA Medical Center / Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Washington DC ) (1981)


    • Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine (1983)
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1979)
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    • 2001 - present: Best Doctors in America, selected yearly
    • 2006 - Master Endoscopist American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy(ASGE).



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    Sibley Memorial Hospital
    5255 Loughboro Road NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    Phone: 202-660-5555
    Appointment Phone: 202-660-5555
    Fax: 202-660-6103
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    • Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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