Arab American Heritage Month

Arab American Heritage Month Profile: Fayez K. Ghishan, MD

To recognize Arab American Heritage Month, we want to highlight a member of NASPGHAN who has made a significant impact in our field.

Dr. Ghishan is internationally recognized for his research in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. In the course of his career, he has authored more than 400 publications including original articles, editorials, abstracts, book reviews and chapters. He is an associate editor for the major textbook, Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract. His work has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years. In 1996 and again in 2008, he received the prestigious MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health for “Consistent and Excellent Contributions to Scientific Knowledge”. In 2004, Dr. Ghishan was the recipient of the Shwachman Award presented for major, life-long scientific and educational contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology or nutrition in North America. In 2014, he was presented with the “Horace W. Davenport Distinguished Lectureship Award” by the Gastrointestinal & Liver Section of the American Physiological Society.

Below are a few fun facts about Dr Ghishan

Name: Fayez K. Ghishan, MD

Current position and institution:

  • PANDA Endowed Director, Steele Children’s Research Center Chair, the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics;
  • Physician-in-Chief, Banner Diamond Children’s Medical Center;
  • Medical Director, Clinical and Translational Sciences Research Center (CATS);
  • Horace W. Steele Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research;
  • Alan and Janice Levin Family Endowed Professor in Pediatrics

Hometown: Amman, Jordan

Favorite GI disease: IBD

Hobbies: Hiking

Favorite Vacation Spot: Petra in Jordan

Favorite Activity: Hiking in Sabino Canyon

Book You Recommend: “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry

Best Career Advice You’ve Received: Stay active in teaching, clinical and research



The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses
Help & Hope for Children with Digestive Disorders
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
JPGN Reports