Patient Care

Abdo Saad, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Gastroenterology

Program Director, Fellowship in Gastroenterology

I completed my medical degree at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 2004. I then moved to the United States to complete further medical training: residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University-Indianapolis, then the Geriatric fellowship at University of Wisconsin in Madison, followed by the Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Additionally I completed an advanced fellowship dedicated to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. My most recent clinical position was at Presbyterian Healthcare System, a statewide system in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A., where I also served as medical director for the gastroenterology (GI) specialty group for two years. 

An important focus in my clinical practice is esophageal diseases, specifically reflux disease and dysphagia, in addition to GI motility and functional disorders. My specialized training in this field was obtained at Northwestern University in Chicago. In addition to carrying on my clinical GI practice with a focus on IBD, esophageal diseases and motility disorders, I also serve as the GI fellowship program director, and I am actively involved in academic activities at our medical school and within our training programs. 

Selected Publications

  1. Saad AM, Czul F, Sakuraba A, Rubin DT, Cohen RD. Age of diagnosis is associated with disease presentation and therapeutic complications in Crohn’s Disease patients. Inflamm Bowel Dis. (2016 May) 22(5):1027-31.
  2. Ho IK, Cash BD, Cohen H, Hanauer SB, Inkster M, Johnson DA, Maher MM, Rex DK, Saad A, Singh A, Rehani MM, Quigley EM. Radiation exposure in gastroenterology: Improving patient and staff protection. Am J Gastroenterol. (2014 Aug) 109(8):1180-94.
  3. Saad AM, Kahn SA, Rubin M, Rubin DT. Advances in inflammatory bowel diseases 2012. Clin. Invest. (2013) 3(4), 323-327.
  4. Saad AM, Choudhary A, Bechtold ML. Effect of Helicobacter pylori treatment on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Scand J Gastroenterol. (2012 Feb) 47(2):129-35.
  5. Saad AM, Fogel E, McHenry L, Watkins J, Sherman S, Lazzell-Pannell L, Lehman GA. Pancreatic duct stent placement prevents post-ERCP pancreatitis in patients with suspected sphincter of Oddi dysfunction but normal manometry. Gastrointest Endosc. (2008 Feb) 67(2):255-61*
    *Comment on: Gastrointest Endosc. (2008 Feb) 67(2):262-4.
  6. Saad A, Rex DK. Colonoscopy-induced splenic injury: Report of 3 cases and literature review. Dig Dis Sci. (2008 Apr) 53(4):892-8.
  7.  Saad A, Rex DK. Routine rectal retroflexion during colonoscopy has a low yield for neoplasia. World J Gastroenterol. (2008 Nov)14(42):6503-5. 

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Reflux disease, acid reflux, dysphagia, achalasia, esophageal cancer, GERD, IBS, IBD, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, functional disease of the bowels, geriatric care, gastroenterointestinal diseases in the elderly, gastrointestinal motility, Barrett’s esophagus, esophagitis, esophageal varices, gastric cancer, gastric ulcers, gastric bleeding, internal bleeding, GI bleed, gastritis, weight loss, Helicobacter pylori, H. pylori, anemia, blood in stools, parazitic and bacterial infections in the bowel, food poisoning, gastric polyps, nausea and vomiting, bloating, constipation, incontinence, diarrhea, celiac disease, leaky gut, gastroenteritis, small bowel bleeding, angiodysplasia, AVM, small bowel obstruction, gallstones, gallbladder diseases, jaundice, liver disease, cirrhosis, acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, colon polyps, diverticulosis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, anal fissure, anal fistula, anal abscess, colon cancer screening, FIT testing