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The 5 Best Gastroenterologists in Dallas

How We Picked

Professional credibility – Includes any licenses, certificates, and relevant experience the doctor has received to be regarded as competent in gastroenterology.
Scope of specialty – The overall scope of gastrointestinal or digestive conditions that the doctor is capable of treating accordingly.
Patient care quality – Pertains to the quality of healthcare and support given by the whole office to each patient.
Availability – Considers the ease or difficulty of contacting, setting up appointments, and receiving updates from the doctor’s office at any time.

1. Rajeev Jain, MD (TDDC: Presbyterian Hospital)

Rajeev Jain, MD Homepage

Specialties: Colon Cancer, Heartburn, Barrett’s Esophagus, Dysphagia, Reflux Esophagitis, Esophagitis, Other Esophageal Disorders, Pancreatic Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


Address: 8230 Walnut Hill Lane Professional Bldg 3, Ste 610, Dallas, TX 75231

Contact Details: 972-850-3860

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30AM – 5PM

      Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Google Reviews Score4.9/5 (162 reviews)
Healthgrades Reviews Score5/5 (134 reviews)
Total Reviews5/5 (296 reviews)
Score Consistency5/5

Professional Credibility5/5
Scope of Specialty5/5
Patient Care Quality4/5


  • Named annually as part of “Best Doctors” by D Magazine since 2001
  • Affiliated with multiple American associations in gastroenterology
  • Demonstrates good reassurance and bedside manners toward any patient
  • Thorough and detail-oriented in the diagnosis of each patient


  • Staff refused to see people whose insurances are out of network

Dr. Rajeev Jain of Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC) excels in his variety of specialties thanks to his skills in diagnostics and interventions.

When any doctor has annually been part of D Magazine’s “Best Doctors” since 2001, you just know that they’ve been very consistent in their craft all this time.

It’s definitely a very impressive feat. One that seemingly belongs to only the most competent of doctors in the field.

Dr. Jain happens to have won the accreditation and respect of several associations as well, which we think is right in line with the kind of consistent service that he’s provided for years.

When multiple associations of top practitioners in the field acknowledge his excellence, we think it’s surely a strong testimony to his overall credibility and trustworthiness.

Getting more into the specifics, he demonstrates great bedside manners. He makes efforts to reassure every patient regardless of their condition.

This is and should always be the standard shown for every healthcare service there is.

Adding to that, he’s pretty thorough and detail-oriented in giving every patient their diagnosis. We can certainly see the diagnostic prowess that he worked hard to gain in this case.

This skill in diagnostics seems to go hand-in-hand with his great judgment in procedures. To put it simply, you’re not going to worry about feeling like a trial-and-error lab rat.

What’s worth noting though, is that his staff seem to refuse people whose insurances are out of network.

While insurance policies are commonly a pain to deal with, it’s also commonly subjected to change depending on the hospital.

With that kept in mind, we recommend clarifying your insurance first with Dr. Jain’s office to see if you’re within the network.

2. Christopher Vesy, MD (TDDC: Baylor University Medical Center Barnett Tower)

Christopher Vesy, MD Homepage

Specialties: Intestinal Diverticulitis, Intestinal Diverticulosis, Enteritis, Other Digestive Disorders, General Gastroenterology.


Address: 3600 Gaston Ave #809, Dallas, TX 75246

Contact Details: 214-818-0948

Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:30AM – 5PM

      Friday: 8:30AM – 3PM

      Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Google Reviews Score4.8/5 (214 reviews)
Healthgrades Reviews Score4.7/5 (123 reviews)
Total Reviews5/5 (337 reviews)
Score Consistency5/5
Professional Credibility5/5
Scope of Specialty5/5
Patient Care Quality5/5


  • Magna cum laude graduate with several university honors
  • Double board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine
  • Highly engaged and gives great feedback to patients
  • Current staff members are very personable and supportive


  • Prone to refusing past patients that have switched doctors a while back
  • Needs a PCP reference to be able to set appointments for new clients

Dr. Christopher Vesy is another good example of a top gastroenterologist from TDDC, but this time assigned to Baylor University Medical Center.

He has an excellent academic background in high school, college, and medical school. Having been a summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude respectively, he seems to be very consistent in his performance that may translate to his current pool of knowledge.

Though he may not have listed more specific specialties compared to other doctors, we nevertheless think that he has no lack of expertise under his belt.

Also being double board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine testifies to his expertise. 

Performing teaching rounds at Baylor proves that he’s got a lot of knowledge to impart to his fellow practitioners and staff members.

We can certainly see the mark that he’s had on these people. His current staff members are thankfully just as personable and supportive as he is.

Dr. Vesy expresses a highly engaged demeanor towards his work. We believe establishing a good rapport and giving a lot of great feedback to his patients are some of his strong points.

His combination of overall intelligence with great bedside manners really sets the bar for any doctor.

But there are still some downsides to his service that you should look out for. For one, he doesn’t seem to accept past patients that have already switched to other doctors.

Another thing is that you’ll be needing a PCP (primary care provider) reference if you’re going to be a first-time client of his. We honestly think that’s quite a hassle.

It’s pretty much a shame that competent doctors like him can be limited due to policies such as these. Still, he’s thankfully not the only competent and noteworthy gastroenterologist in Dallas.

3. Lisa Alvarez, MD (Digestive Health Associates of Texas)

Lisa Alvarez, MD Homepage

Specialties: Acid Reflux, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Chronic Liver Disease, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Colon Cancer, Endoscopy and Colonoscopy Procedures, Diarrhea, Enteritis, Gastritis. 


Address: 8220 Walnut Hill Lane, Ste. 710 LB 101, Dallas, TX 75231  

Contact Details: 214-368-6707

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 8AM – 5PM

      Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Google Reviews Score4.8/5 (77 reviews)
Healthgrades Reviews Score4.5/5 (71 reviews)
Total Reviews4/5 (148 reviews)
Score Consistency4/5
Professional Credibility5/5
Scope of Specialty5/5
Patient Care Quality5/5


  • Has multiple awards from D Magazine and various medical associations
  • Double board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine
  • Reassuring and accommodating to each patient’s concerns
  • Offers virtual telemedicine visits


  • Declines patients that had other previous DHAT doctors
  • Setting up appointments can be difficult for those without insurance 

Dr. Lisa Alvarez is a board-certified gastroenterologist that’s actually affiliated with the Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT).

We think she is pretty unique in the sense that she’s the only one on our list that is part of a different, but highly recognized association all the same.

Considering DHAT, just like TDDC, is also part of GI Alliance, you can rest assured that you’ll be receiving the same great competency from gastroenterologists like Dr. Alvarez.

Her competency is already evident in the fact that she’s been given multiple awards as one of the best doctors in Dallas by D Magazine and various medical associations.

It makes sense, considering her general interest in the field motivates her to be reassuring and accommodating to every patient she sees.

We always like any healthcare provider being able to combine their extensive knowledge with great character.

What’s also great is that this translates well to even her virtual telemedicine visits. It’s a great addition given that not everyone is able to go to a hospital in person.

Thankfully, Dr. Alvarez seems to demonstrate such accommodating character even while dealing with complaints. One such complaint is that her office seems to decline patients that already had previous appointments with other doctors of DHAT.

The thing about Dr. Alvarez, though, is that she could’ve easily let such complaints be handled by the manager from the get-go. But she didn’t.

She personally apologizes and even tries to accommodate requests despite the policies placed.

When it comes to reputation, Dr. Alvarez seems to go the extra mile to avoid negative perceptions of her or even the entirety of DHAT itself.

Of course, it’s not guaranteed that she’ll be able to accommodate and wiggle through every policy.

One such policy is the need for insurance. You’ll be struggling to set up an appointment with her office without it. It’s again saddening for some, but not surprising.

4. Abrar Ahmed, MD (TDDC: Presbyterian Hospital)

Abrar Ahmed, MD Homepage

Specialties: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Barrett’s Esophagus, Endoscopic Dilation/Enteral Stents, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Liver Diseases, Various Esophageal Disorders, Various Gastrointestinal Disorders.


Address: 8230 Walnut Hill Lane Professional Bldg 3, Ste 610, Dallas, Texas 75231

Contact Details: 972-850-3860

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30AM – 5PM

      Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Google Reviews Score4.9/5 (175 reviews)
Healthgrades Reviews Score5/5 (102 reviews)
Total Reviews5/5 (277 reviews)
Score Consistency5/5
Professional Credibility5/5
Scope of Specialty5/5
Patient Care Quality4/5


  • Incorporates good bedside manner with the skillful operation of modern GI technology
  • Competent in a wide variety of specialties in gastroenterology
  • Provides great aftercare and support through calls
  • Has professional and accommodating staff


  • Had a case of sounding condescending while having a client’s first appointment

Dr. Abrar Ahmed, just like his fellow TDDC colleagues, excels in the practice of modern gastroenterology in more ways than one.

For starters, Dr. Ahmed has got a knack for combining a good bedside manner with his skillful operation of modern GI technology.

It is this unique appreciation of the interactions between himself, the client, and modern equipment that allows him to perform at a high level.

In general, this kind of approach may allow any doctor to be significantly smoother in the overall diagnosis and monitoring of gastrointestinal conditions.

But not every doctor can do so at the same level that he does. What’s not seen is the years and years of painstaking experiences to master such a craft.

Being competent in a wide variety of specialties that can also include the use of endoscopy, Dr. Ahmed has an abundance of both textbook and hands-on experience on him.

It’s certainly an impressive show of credibility. But it’s complemented even more by his great aftercare and support for his patients.

It’s nice that he takes time to personally contact his patients when deemed necessary. It’s a good example of being proactive in monitoring any patient’s condition and it shows that he genuinely cares for their wellbeing.

Being backed up by professional and accommodating staff also adds to the overall pleasant experience that you can get in his office.

Apparently, though, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, at least for one of his patients in the past.

Dr. Ahmed had one instance of being somewhat condescending during a client’s first appointment. Instead of taking the time to provide reassurance after hearing the client, he somehow proceeds to question the patient’s knowledge and points out his wrongs.

Not only do we think this is very unusual and inconsistent of Dr. Ahmed, but it’s obviously very rude and unprofessional.

Though this may just be an isolated case, we still firmly believe that no patient’s experience should ever be invalidated or talked down upon by anyone at all, especially a doctor.

Part of a doctor’s job is to provide clear answers to the patient’s experiences, and not to flex his superior knowledge by making the patient feel like a blockhead.

5. Esmail Elwazir (TDDC: Baylor/North Park)

Esmail Elwazir Homepage

Specialties: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Related Disorders, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Abdominal Pain, Dysphagia, Gastrointestinal Disorders Connected to Bone Marrow Transplantation.


Address: (Baylor) 3417 Gaston Ave Ste 800, Dallas, TX 75246, United States

Contact Details: 214-323-8500

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM

      Saturday – Sunday: CLOSED

Google Reviews Score4.9/5 (123 reviews)
Healthgrades Reviews Score4.7/5 (114 reviews)
Total Reviews4/5 (237 reviews)
Score Consistency4/5
Professional Credibility5/5
Scope of Specialty5/5
Patient Care Quality5/5


  • Knowledgeable and thorough in the diagnosis of every patient’s case
  • Intellectual but compassionate in explaining procedures to patients
  • Punctual and has typical short waiting times
  • Offers telehealth appointments


  • Doesn’t handle clients that have previously seen another gastroenterologist

Dr. Esmail Elwazir demonstrates his intellectual grasp of gastroenterology in tackling the many different challenges associated with each patient’s condition.

Being also fluent in 4 other languages apart from English, he definitely gives that aura of a very intelligent individual.

As for being a gastroenterologist, Dr. Elwazir displays quite formidable credentials that are seemingly shared among the top doctors of TDDC.

Like his colleagues, we can applaud him for his extensive knowledge in various specialties within gastroenterology.

Some of these even include disorders relating to bone marrow transplantation. That’s quite a specific grasp of knowledge even within gastroenterology.

So aside from the usual conditions that are sometimes a mouthful to pronounce or even spell, Dr. Elwazir seems to have more to offer up his sleeve. You only get to hear about these kinds of things from practitioners of the same caliber as him.

His intellectual quotient aside, he seems to demonstrate good emotional intelligence as well.

This is evident in how compassionate and supportive he is of every patient that he meets. He takes time to explain procedures well to avoid misunderstandings.

We also like how punctual he generally is, leading to short waiting times, which is always great for the patients.

For those who can’t personally make it, you’ll be happy to know that he also offers telehealth appointments so you can stay comfortably where you are.

Now for the downside. You’re probably familiar with it already at this point.

We’re referring to, of course, the fact that he also doesn’t handle clients that have already seen another gastroenterologist.

We frankly notice a pattern of “refusing patients for whatever reason” here, at least for the doctors on this list. This seems to be an issue with the whole system of policies itself.

We can’t wait for the day that such policies can at least be toned down. This will make sure a lot more people can be accommodated, regardless of who they’ve seen.

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