Juan Echavarria, M.D.
Program Director, GI Fellowship
Director of Gastroenterology Education
I am an academic clinician-educator. I earned my medical degree in my native Colombia and then completed my training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology here at UT Health San Antonio. I have been delighted to remain in our institution to establish my academic career. I play a leadership role in the Gastroenterology Division as GI Fellowship Program Director and Director of GI Education and maintain broad clinical interests with a special focus on the management of complex colon polyps. My clinical activities are focused in University Health System at University Hospital and the Robert B. Green Campus, where I am grateful to have the opportunity to care for an underserved and predominantly Hispanic population.
- 2005 - MD - Medicine - CES - Universidad CES, Medellin COLUMBIA
- 2014 - Gastroenterology - UT Health San Antonio
Mentor of the Year: Awarded by the UT Health San Antonio Internal Medicine class of 2018
Mentor of the Year: Awarded by the UT Health San Antonio Gastroenterology class of 2018
SCOPY Award: Recipient of a SCOPY Award from the American College of Gastroenterology in the Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Prevention category, in recognition of the YouandColonoscopy.com patient education website.
Research & Grants
Basic endoscopic procedures - I perform basic diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures, including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy, as well as other specialized procedures include luminal stent placement, luminal balloon dilation, pneumatic esophageal dilation for achalasia, Savary dilation, and control of bleeding (both arterial and variceal, by multiple modalities).
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection - I have special training in Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) for the evaluation and management of complex colo-rectal polyps. I completed the "EMR Star Program" sponsored by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
1.Juan Echavarria, Alfredo Camero, Allan Parker. An Unusual Cause of Abdominal Pain Practical Gastroenterology 2015 Oct;39(10):40-42.
2.Sara Gonzales, Hugh White, and Juan Echavarria.. Transcolonic Migration of Retained Epicardial Pacing Wires Case Reports in Radiology 2015
3.Sócrates Herrera, Yezid Solarte, Alejandro Jordán-Villegas, Juan Fernando Echavarría, Leonardo Rocha, Ricardo Palacios, Óscar Ramírez, Juan D. Vélez, Judith E. Epstein, Thomas L. Richie, and Myriam Arévalo-Herrera. Consistent Safety and Infectivity in Sporozoite Challenge Model of Plasmodium vivax in Malaria-Naive Human Volunteers American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2011 Feb;84(2):4-11.
4.Utpal Mondal, Juan Echavarria, Gabriel Lee, Sandeep Patel, and Laura Rosenkranz. Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms of Pancreas: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. ACG Case Reports Journal 2005 May;2(4):204-206.