Bara El Kurdi, MD

Position: Fellow – First Year

Personal Statement:

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


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


I am interested in hepatobiliary and pancreatic disorders.

Awards & Accomplishments

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


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: 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. 2019Jul;64(7):2024-2030. doi: 10.1007/s10620-018-5438-0. Epub 2019 Jan 2. PMID:30604376.

3: 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. 2019Feb;156(3):735-747.e10. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.10.034. Epub 2018 Oct 25. PMID: 30518512; PMCID: PMC6368865.

4: 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.

5: 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.

6: 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.

7: 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.

8: 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. 9: 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.

10: El-Kurdi B, Khatua B, Rood C, Snozek C, Cartin-Ceba R, Singh VP. MORTALITY FROM COVID-19 INCREASES WITH UNSATURATED FAT, AND MAY BE REDUCED BY EARLY CALCIUM AND ALBUMIN SUPPLEMENTATION. Lipotoxicity In COVID-19 Study Group: El-Kurdi B, Khatua B, Rood C, Snozek C, Cartin-Ceba R, Singh VP, Kostenko S, Trivedi S, Folmes C, Dykhouse KM, Babar S, Chang YH, Pannala R, Cartin-Ceba R. Gastroenterology. 2020 May 27:S0016-5085(20)34727-2. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2020.05.057. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32470338; PMCID: PMC7250771.

11: Al Momani L, Alomari M, Bratton H, Boonpherg B, Aasen T, El Kurdi B, YoungM. 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.

12: 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 Jun 29:1-8. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.277. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32594929.