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Marta Davila, MD, AGAF, FACG, FASGE

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Chair Ad-Interim, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepat,& Nutr, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Medical Director Endoscopy Unit, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Associate Program Director, Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship Program, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepat,& Nutr, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Unit Number: 1466
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-794-5073

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1988 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, MD
1984 University of California Davis, Davis, CA, BS, Biological Sciences, Cum Laude with Highest Honors

Postgraduate Training

7/1993-6/1994 Fellowship in Gastroenterology, Advanced therapeutic endoscopy, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
7/1991-6/1993 Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
6/1988-6/1991 Residency, Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Board Certifications

1993 American Board of Internal Medicine in the Subspecialty of Gastroenterology, Recertification Date: 2013
1991 American Board of Internal Medicine, Recertification Date: 2001
1989 National Board of Medical Examiners

Professional Memberships

American College of Gastroenterology, Bethesda, MD
Credentials Committee member, 2009-2013
American College of Gastroenterology
Fellow, 2008-present
American Gastroenterological Association
Fellow, 2008-present
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Fellow, 2010-present
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
CME Programs Review Committee, 2010-2013
Harris County Medical Society, Houston, TX
Member, 4/2007-present
Texas Medical Association, Houston, TX
Member, 4/2007-present
Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy (TSGE), Austin, TX
Member, 2008-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Raju G, Lum P, Ross W, Thirumurthi S, Miller E, Lynch P, Lee J, Bhutani M, Shafi M, Weston B, Pande M, Bresalier R, Rashid A, Mishra L, Davila M, Stroehlein J. Outcome of Endoscopic Mucosal Resection As an Alternative to Surgery in Patients with Complex Colon Polyps. Gastrointest Endosc. e-Pub 2/2016. PMID: 26859866.
2. Chen J, Raju GS, Jogunoori W, Menon V, Majumdar A, Chen JS, Gi YJ, Jeong YS, Phan L, Belkin M, Gu S, Kundra S, Mistry NA, Zhang J, Su X, Li S, Lin SH, Javle M, McMurray JS, Rahlfs TF, Mishra B, White J, Rashid A, Beauchemin N, Weston BR, Shafi MA, Stroehlein JR, Davila M, Akbani R, Weinstein JN, Wu X, Mishra L. Mutational Profiles Reveal an Aberrant TGF-β-CEA Regulated Pathway in Colon Adenomas. PLoS One 11(4):e0153933, 2016. e-Pub 4/2016. PMID: 27100181.
3. Raju GS, Lum PJ, Slack RS, Thirumurthi S, Lynch PM, Miller E, Weston BR, Davila ML, Bhutani MS, Shafi MA, Bresalier RS, Dekovich AA, Lee JH, Guha S, Pande M, Blechacz B, Rashid A, Routbort M, Shuttlesworth G, Mishra L, Stroehlein JR, Ross WA. Natural language processing as an alternative to manual reporting of colonoscopy quality metrics. Gastrointest Endosc 82(3):512-9, 9/2015. e-Pub 4/2015. PMCID: PMC4540652.
4. Davila ML, Hofstetter WL. Endoscopic Management of Barrett's Esophagus with High-Grade Dysplasia and Early-Stage Esophageal adenocarcinoma. Thorac Surg Clin 23(4):479-89, 11/2013.
5. Song S, Maru DM, AJani JA, Chan CH, Honjo S, Lin HK, Correa A, Hofstetter WL, Davila M, Stroehlein J, Mishra L. Loss of TGF-B adaptor B2sP activates Notch signaling and SOX9 Expression in esophageal adenocarcinoma. Cancer Res 78(2):312-4, 8/2013. e-Pub 3/2013.
6. Lee JH, Krishna SG, Singh A, Ladha HS, Slack RS, Ramireddy S, Raju GS, Davila M, Ross WA. Comparison of the utility of covered metal stents versus uncovered metal stents in the management of malignant biliary strictures in 749 patients. Gastrointest Endosc 1(7):2159-69, 4/2013. e-Pub 4/2013. PMCID: PMC3745222.
7. Song S, Maru DM, Ajani JA, Chan CH, Honjo S, Lin HK, Correa A, Hofstetter WL, Davila M, Stroehlein J, Mishra L. Loss of TGF-b adaptor B2SP activates notch signaling an d SOX9 expression in esophageal adenocarcinoma. Cancer Res 73(7):2159-69, 4/2013. e-Pub 3/2013.
8. Mahale P, Kontoyiannis DP, Chemaly RF, Jiang Y, Hwang JP, Davila M, Torres HA. Acute exacerbation and reactivation of chronic hepatitis C virus infection in cancer patients. J Hepatol 57(6):1177-85, 12/2012. e-Pub 8/2012.
9. Kountourakis P, Ajani JA, Davila M, Lee JH, Bhutani MS, Izzo JG. Barrett's Esophagus: A Review of Biology and Therapeutic Approaches. Gastrointest Cancer Res 5(2):49-57, 3/2012. PMCID: PMC3369601.
10. Torres HA, Adachi JA, Roach LR, Smith KM, Mahale P, Davila M, Raad II. Hepatitis C Clinic operated by Infectious Disease at a Comprehensive Cancer Center – Help is on the way. Clin Infectious Diseases 54(5):740-2, 3/2012. PMID: 22322272.
11. Torres HA, Davila M. Reactivation of hepatitis b virus and hepatitis c virus in patients with cancer. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 9(3):156-66, 1/2012. e-Pub 1/2012.
12. Mahale P, Kaseb AO, Davila M, Torres HA. The Effect of Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization on Hepatitis C Viremia. Oncologist 17(9):e21-3, 2012. PMCID: PMC3448418.
13. Mendelsohn J, Song S, Ying L, Mishra B, Davila M, Hofstetter W, Mishra L. Dysfunctional TGF-B signaling with constitutively active Notch signaling in Barrett's esophageal adenocarcinoma. Cancer 117(16):3691-702, 8/2011. PMCID: PMC3236645.
14. Welsh J, Amini A, Likhacheva A, Erasmus J, Gomez D, Davila M, Mehran R, Komaki R, Liao Z, Hofstetter WL, Bhutani M, Ajani JA. Update: Modern Approaches to the treatment of localized esophageal cancer. Curr Oncol Rep 13(3):157-67, 6/2011. e-Pub 3/2011.
15. Raju RP, Jaganmohan SR, Ross WA, Davila ML, Javle M, Raju GS, Lee JH. Optimum Palliation of Inoperable Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma: Comparative Assessment of the Efficacy of Plastic and Self-Expanding Metal Stents. Dig Dis Sci 56(5):1557-64, 5/2011. e-Pub 1/2011. PMID: 21222156.
16. Davila, ML. Photodynamic Therapy. Gastrointest Endoscopy Clin N Am 21(1):67-79, 1/2011. e-Pub 9/2010.
17. Lee JH, Ross WA, Davila R, Chang G, Lin E, Dekovich A, Davila M. Self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) can serve as a bridge to surgery or as a definitive therapy in patients with an advanced stage of cancer: clinical experience of a tertiary cancer center. Dig Dis Sci 55(12):3530-6, 12/2010. e-Pub 9/2010.
18. Hassan MM, Curley SA, Li D, Kaseb A, Davila M, Abdalla EK, Javle M, Moghazy D, Lozano, RD, Abbruzzese JL, Vauthey JN. Association of Diabetes Duration and Diabetes Treatment with the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma. Cancer 116(8):1938-1946, 4/2010.
19. Thomas MB, Morris JS, Chadha R, Kaur H, Iwasaki M, Lin E, Kaseb A, Glover KY, Davila M. A Phase II trial of the combination of bevacizumab and erlotinib in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. Journal of Clinical Oncology 27(6):833-5, 7/2009.
20. Hassan MM, Kaseb A, Li D, Patt YZ, Vauthey JN, Thomas MB, Curley SA, Spitz MR, Sherman SI, Abdalla EK, Davila M, Lozano RD, Hassan DM, Chan W, Brown TD, Abbruzzese JL. Association Between Hypothyroidism and Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Case-control Study in the United States. Hepatology 49(5):1563-70, 5/2009. PMCID: PMC3715879.
21. Hassan MM, Li Donghui, El-Deeb AS, Wolff RA, Bonday ML, Davila M, and Abbruzzese JL. Association Between Hepatitis B Virus and Pancreatic Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology 26(28):4557-4562, 10/2008. PMCID: PMC2562875.
22. Cen P, Hofstetter WL, Correa AM, Wu TT, Lee JH, Ross WA, Davila M, Swisher SG, Fukami N, Rashid A, Maru D, Ajani JA. Lymphovascular invasion as a tool to further subclassify T1b esophageal adenocarcinoma. Cancer 112(5):1020-1027, 3/2008.
23. Cen P, Hofstetter WL, Lee JH, Ross WA, Wu TT, Swisher SG, Davila M, Rashid A, Correa AM, Ajani JA. Value of Endoscopic Ultrasound Staging in Conjunction with the Evaluation of Lymphovascular Invasion in Identifying Low-Risk Esophageal Carcinoma. Cancer 112(3):503-10, 2/2008.
24. Anandasabapathy S, Jhamb J, Davila M, Wei C, Morris J, Bresalier R. Clinical and endoscopic factors predict higher pathologic grades of Barrett dysplasia. Cancer 109(4):668-74, 2007.
25. Rosa-e-Silva L, Gerson LB, Davila M, Triadafilopoulos G. Clinical, radiologic and manometric characteristics of adult chronic intestinal dysmotility: the Stanford experience. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 4:866-73, 2006. e-Pub 6/2006.
26. Lin M, Gerson LB, Lascar R, Davila M, Triadafilopoulos G. Features of gastroesophageal reflux disease in women. Am J Gastroenterol 99:1442-7, 8/2004. PMID: 15307857.
27. Mani A, Napel S, Paik DS, Jeffrey RB, Jr, Yee J, Olcott EW, Prokesch R, Davila M, Schraedley-Desmond P, Beaulieu CF. Computed tomography colonography: feasibility of computer-aided polyp detection in a "first reader" paradigm. J Comput Assist Tomogr 28:318-26, 5/2004. PMID: 15100534.
28. Treadwell J, Kearney D, Davila M. Health Sequence Preferences of Hepatitis C patients. Dig Dis Sci 45:345-350, 2000.
29. Cello JP, Ring EJ, Olcott EW, Koch J, Gordon R, Sandhu J, Morgan DR, Ostroff JW, Rockey DC, Bacchetti P, LaBerge J, Lake JR, Somberg K, Doherty C, Davila M, McQuaid K, Wall SD. Endoscopic sclerotherapy compared with percutaneous transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt after initial sclerotherapy in patients with acute variceal hemorrhage. A randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med 126:858-65, 6/1997. PMID: 9163286.

Invited Articles

1. Davila ML and Bresalier RS. Gastrointestinal complications of oncologic therapy. Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology & Hepatology 5(12):682-696, 12/2008.
2. Davila ML. Neutropenic enterocolitis: current issues in diagnosis and management. Curr Infect Dis Rep 9:116-20, 3/2007. PMID: 17324348.
3. Davila ML. Neutropenic enterocolitis. Curr Opin Gastroenterol 22:44-7, 2006. PMID: 16319675.
4. Davila M, Beaulieu C, Paik O, Napel S, Edelstein P, Jeffrey R. CT and MR Colonography (Virtual Colonoscopy). Techniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2:30-36, 2000.
5. Davila M. Long-Term Follow-up after Endoscopic Sphincterotomy: Analysis of Sphincter Function, Bile Composition, and Bile Duct Histology. Adv Gastroenterol Hepatol Clin Nutr 3:23-26, 1998.


1. Davila ML, Davila RE. The demise of air insufflation and the rise of the warm water infusion method. Gastrointest Endosc 70(3):505-10, 9/2009.
2. Thomas MB, Davila M, Abbruzzese JL. Stemming the Tide of Hepatitis B Virus-Related Hepatocellular Carcinoma? Journal of Clinical Oncology 26:172-174, 1/2008.
3. Davila M. Self-expanding metal stents in malignant colonic obstruction: have we covered all angles? Gastrointest Endosc 66(5):937-9, 11/2007.

Book Chapters

1. Davila ML, Hofstetter WL. Endoscopic Management of Barrett's Esophagus with High-Grade Dysplasia and Early-Stage Esophageal Adenocarcinoma. In: Evolving Therapies in Esophageal Carcinoma. Ed(s) Hofstetter, WL, Marshall MB. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 479-489, 2013.
2. Davila ML, Torres HA. Management of Reactivation of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C During Antineoplastic Therapy. In: Principles and Practice of Cancer Infectious Diseases. Ed(s) Safdar A. Humana Press: New York, 189-194, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-60761-643-6.
3. Davila M, Torres HA. Management of Reactivation of Hepatitis C during antineoplastic therapy. In: Management of Infections in Cancer Patients. 1st Human Press: New York, 2011.
4. Davila M, Bresalier RS. Gastrointestinal Complications. In: Cancer Medicine, 7th. Holland-Frei, 2005.

Letters to the Editor

1. Torres HA, Davila M. Current strategies in the management of hepatitis B virus reactivation. Nat Rev Clin Oncol, 5/2012. e-Pub 5/2012.

Last updated: 7/14/2016