Bara El Kurdi, MD

Position: GI Fellow – PGY6

Personal Statement:

What are your hobbies and favorite activities outside of medicine?  

  • I love the outdoors! I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, swimming, rafting and camping. 

What is the best thing about San Antonio?

  • Best about San Antonio are the the food and the people!

Why would you recommend the UTHSA GI fellowship?

  • Fantastic staff.
  • Great pathology.
  • Diversity in patient population and pathology.
  • Endoscopy volume.
  • Quality of training/instruction.


  • Amman, Jordan


Residency: East Tennessee State University
Medical School: University of Jordan


I am interested in hepatobiliary and pancreatic disorders.

  • Pancreatology
  • Motility and Functional disorders
  • Advanced endoscopy

Awards & Accomplishments

I have recently received the Excellence in Research award by my residency program.

  • Received the “Editor in Chief” award provided by our GI program for clinical research last year.
  • Selected as one of AGA’s innovation fellows for the year 2022.


1: Khatua B, El-Kurdi B, Singh VP. Obesity and pancreatitis. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2017 Sep;33(5):374-382. doi: 10.1097/MOG.0000000000000386. PMID: 28719397; PMCID: PMC6640854.

2: Babar S, El Kurdi B, El Iskandarani M, Haddad I, Imam Z, Alomari M, Myers J, Moorman J. Oral vancomycin prophylaxis for the prevention of Clostridium difficile infection: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020 Nov;41(11):1302-1309. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.277. Epub 2020 Jun 29. PMID: 32594929.

3: Rocha J, Basra T, El Kurdi B, Venegas-Borsellino C. Effects of Potential Micro- and Macro-nutrients in Combatting COVID-19. Curr Surg Rep. 2021;9(10):24. doi: 10.1007/s40137-021-00301-w. Epub 2021 Aug 30. PMID: 34484977; PMCID: PMC8404541.

4: Singh VP, El-Kurdi B, Rood C. What Underlies the Benefit of Famotidine Formulations Used During COVID-19? Gastroenterology. 2021 Apr;160(5):1899-1900. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2020.07.051. Epub 2020 Aug 7. PMID: 32777281; PMCID: PMC7411504.

5: Haddad I, Alomari M, El Kurdi B, Al Momani L, Sanaka MR. A Case of Black Esophagus. Cureus. 2019 Sep 5;11(9):e5577. doi: 10.7759/cureus.5577. PMID: 31695996; PMCID: PMC6820666.

6: Khatua B, El-Kurdi B, Patel K, Rood C, Noel P, Crowell M, Yaron JR, Kostenko S, Guerra A, Faigel DO, Lowe M, Singh VP. Adipose saturation reduces lipotoxic systemic inflammation and explains the obesity paradox. Sci Adv. 2021 Jan 29;7(5):eabd6449. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abd6449. PMID: 33514548; PMCID: PMC7846167.

7: Adike A, El Kurdi BI, Gaddam S, Kosiorek HE, Fukami N, Faigel DO, Collins JM, Ramirez FC. Pancreatitis in Patients With Pancreas Divisum. Pancreas. 2017 Nov/Dec;46(10):e80-e81. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000000938. PMID: 29040198.

8: Singh VP, Khatua B, El-Kurdi B. Hypocalcemia and hypoalbuminemia during COVID-19 infection: Opportunities for therapeutic intervention. J Infect Public Health. 2020 Dec;13(12):1887. doi: 10.1016/j.jiph.2020.09.019. Epub 2020 Oct 10. PMID: 33289641; PMCID: PMC7547564.

9: El Iskandarani M, El Kurdi B, Murtaza G, Paul TK, Refaat MM. Prognostic role of albumin level in heart failure: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2021 Mar 12;100(10):e24785. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000024785. PMID: 33725833; PMCID: PMC7969328.

10: Khatua B, Yaron JR, El-Kurdi B, Kostenko S, Papachristou GI, Singh VP. Ringer’s Lactate Prevents Early Organ Failure by Providing Extracellular Calcium. J Clin Med. 2020 Jan 18;9(1):263. doi: 10.3390/jcm9010263. PMID: 31963691; PMCID: PMC7019478.

11: Singh VP, Khatua B, El-Kurdi B, Rood C. Mechanistic basis and therapeutic relevance of hypocalcemia during severe COVID-19 infection. Endocrine. 2020 Dec;70(3):461-462. doi: 10.1007/s12020-020-02530-y. Epub 2020 Oct 24. PMID: 33099749; PMCID: PMC7585352.

12: Haddad I, El Kurdi B, El Iskandarani M, Babar S, Young M. Primary Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma of the Sigmoid Colon. Cureus. 2019 Jun 30;11(6):e5048. doi: 10.7759/cureus.5048. PMID: 31501739; PMCID: PMC6721866.

13: de Oliveira C, Khatua B, El-Kurdi B, Patel K, Mishra V, Navina S, Grim BJ, Gupta S, Belohlavek M, Cherry B, Yarger J, Green MD, Singh VP. Thermodynamic interference with bile acid demicelleization reduces systemic entry and injury during cholestasis. Sci Rep. 2020 May 21;10(1):8462. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-65451-w. PMID: 32439972; PMCID: PMC7242474.

14: Al Momani L, Alomari M, Bratton H, Boonpherg B, Aasen T, El Kurdi B, Young M. Opioid use is associated with incomplete capsule endoscopy examinations: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Transl Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 Jan 5;5:5. doi: 10.21037/tgh.2019.11.05. PMID: 32190773; PMCID: PMC7061196.

15: El-Kurdi B, Khatua B, Rood C, Snozek C, Cartin-Ceba R, Singh VP; Lipotoxicity in COVID-19 Study Group. Mortality From Coronavirus Disease 2019 Increases With Unsaturated Fat and May Be Reduced by Early Calcium and Albumin Supplementation. Gastroenterology. 2020 Sep;159(3):1015-1018.e4. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2020.05.057. Epub 2020 May 27. PMID: 32470338; PMCID: PMC7250771.

16: de Oliveira C, Khatua B, Bag A, El-Kurdi B, Patel K, Mishra V, Navina S, Singh VP. Multimodal Transgastric Local Pancreatic Hypothermia Reduces Severity of Acute Pancreatitis in Rats and Increases Survival. Gastroenterology. 2019 Feb;156(3):735-747.e10. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.10.034. Epub 2018 Oct 25. PMID: 30518512; PMCID: PMC6368865.

17: Kohli DR, Harrison ME, Adike AO, El Kurdi B, Fukami N, Faigel DO, Pannala R, Moss AA, Aqel BA. Predictors of Biliary Strictures After Liver Transplantation Among Recipients of DCD (Donation After Cardiac Death) Grafts. Dig Dis Sci. 2019 Jul;64(7):2024-2030. doi: 10.1007/s10620-018-5438-0. Epub 2019 Jan 2. PMID: 30604376.

18: Khazaaleh S, Sarmini MT, Alomari M, Al Momani L, El Kurdi B, Asfari M, Almomani Z, Romero-Marrero C. Statin Use Reduces the Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: An Updated Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review. Cureus. 2022 Jul 19;14(7):e27032. doi: 10.7759/cureus.27032. PMID: 35989795; PMCID: PMC9388192.

19: El Kurdi B, Babar S, El Iskandarani M, Bataineh A, Lerch MM, Young M, Singh VP. Factors That Affect Prevalence of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth in Chronic Pancreatitis: A Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Meta-Regression. Clin Transl Gastroenterol. 2019 Sep;10(9):e00072. doi: 10.14309/ctg.0000000000000072. PMID: 31517648; PMCID: PMC6775338.

20: Cartin-Ceba R, Khatua B, El-Kurdi B, Trivedi S, Kostenko S, Imam Z, Smith R, Snozek C, Navina S, Sharma V, McFayden B, Ionescu F, Stolow E, Keiser S, Tejani A, Harrington A, Acosta P, Kuwelker S, Echavarria J, Nair GB, Bataineh A, Singh VP. Evidence showing lipotoxicity worsens outcomes in covid-19 patients and insights about the underlying mechanisms. iScience. 2022 May 20;25(5):104322. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2022.104322. Epub 2022 Apr 27. PMID: 35502320; PMCID: PMC9045865.

21: Gatfield ER, Bataineh A, El Kurdi B, Mukesh MB, Loo SW. Factors associated with adjuvant systemic anti-cancer treatment discontinuation for early breast cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2022 Aug 11:e13668. doi: 10.1111/ecc.13668. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35950493.