Pankaj J. Pasricha , MD

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Stanford Medical Center
Palo Alto, CA

Pankaj J. Pasricha is the chair of NIDDK Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium and a professor (by courtesy) of surgery at Stanford University School Medicine. He is also a member of Bio-X at Stanford. His previous appointments at Stanford include: member of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Pasricha received his M.D. degree from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1982. Subsequently he trained in internal medicine and pulmonology at Georgetown University-DC General Hospital and Tufts-New England Medical Center, respectively. Thereafter he trained in Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and then stayed on faculty at Johns Hopkins University, as Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Associate Director of the Marvin Schuster Center for Gastrointestinal Motility. In 1997 Dr. Pasricha assumed leadership of the GI Division at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he was the Bassel and Frances Blanton Distinguished Professorship in Internal Medicine until 2006 prior to assuming his current position at Stanford. He has been a recipient of federal funding for his research since 1995 and currently is principal investigator on two NIH RO1 grants, in addition to numerous other grants and awards. His laboratory is interested in molecular mechanisms of visceral pain and restoration of enteric neural function with novel strategies including neural stem cell transplants. His clinical focus is in Neurogastroenterology/Gastrointestinal Motility, Gastroparesis, Abdominal Pain, Chronic Pancreatitis, Esophageal Achalasia, and non-cardiac chest pain. He has been on Castle Connelly list America's "Top Docs" as well as "Best Doctors" in Gastroenterology. Dr Pasricha serves on numerous national gastroenterological committees including the AGA, ACG and ASGE; he was Chair of the Research Committee of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy until 1998, served as chair of the NIH Special Emphasis Panel on Endoscopic Clinical Research in Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases. He is currently the chair of the NIH-funded multi-center gastroparesis consortium. In addition, he serves on the National Commission on Digestive Diseases, appointed by the Congress to provide a "roadmap" for progress in gastrointestinal disorders. He has several patents related to gastrointestinal diagnostics and therapeutics and is a consultant to many companies. He has authored more than a 150 manuscripts and book chapters including contributions to Cecil Textbook of Medicine, Yamada Textbook of Gastroenterology and Goodman and Gilman's Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. His work has been presented at several national and international forums.

Contact Information

(650) 736-5555

Gastroenterology Clinic
900 Blake Wilbur Dr Garden Level MC 5355
Palo Alto, CA 94304


Gastrointestinal Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Research Interests