Division Faculty: Claudio Tombazzi, M.D.

Claudio Tombazzi, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Endoscopy, Memphis VA Medical Center


Medical School

University of Carabobo Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela, 1986


University of Carabobo, Venezuela


Gastroenterology, Central University of Venezuela in Caracas
Hepatology, University of Tennessee, Memphis
Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Clinical Interests

Clinical Gastroenterology, advanced Endoscopy, and EUS.

Research Interests

Clinical research in Gastroenterology.

Selected Publications

  1. Kizilisik AT, Shokouh-Amiri MH, Tombazzi CR, Desmukh S, Grewal HP, Vera SR, Gaber AO. 2001. Psychiatric complications after liver transplantation. Transplant Proc. 33(7-8): 3697.
  2. Berroteran A, Perrone M, Correnti M, Cavazza ME, Tombazzi C, Goncalvez R, Lecuna V. 2002. Detection of Helicobacter pylori DNA in the oral cavity and gastroduodenal system of a Venezuelan population. J Med Microbiol. 51(9): 764-70.
  3. Ruiz R, Candia P, Garassini M, Tombazzi C, Certad G, Bruces AC, Noya O, Alarcon de Noya B. Schistosomiasis mansoni in low transmission areas: abdominal ultrasound. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2002;97 Suppl 1:153-9.
  4. Mastromatteo P, Correnti M, Cavazza ME, Perrone M, Tombazzi C, Lecuna V. Evaluation of K-ras 12 oncogene mutations in Venezuelan patients with Helicobacter pylori infection. Invest Clin. 2005;46:337-45.
  5. Allan K, Barriga J, Afshani M, Davila R, Tombazzi C. Emphysematous gastritis. Am J Med Sci. 2005;329:205-7.
  6. Tombazzi C, Marino G, Yong J, Vallejo V, Reddy K. Malignant esophageal pericardial fistula presenting as cardiac tamponade. Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Jul;51(7):1290-3.
  7. Tombazzi CR, Waters B, Shokouh-Amiri MH, Vera SR, Riely CA. Neuropsychiatric complications after liver transplantation: role of immunosuppression and hepatitis C. Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Jun;51(6):1079-81.
  8. Sachdev MS, Tombazzi CR. Tumor markers: an important adjunct to clinical practice.South Med J. 2006 Feb;99(2):107.
  9. Barriga J, Sachdev MS, Royall L, Brown G. Tombazzi CR. Sedation for upper endoscopy: comparison of midazolam versus fentanyl plus midazolam. South Med J. 2008; 101: 362-6.
  10. Tombazzi C, Waters B, Ismail MK, Sylvestre PB, Martinez-Hernandez A, Riely Ca. Sarcoidosis mimicking primary sclerosing cholangitis requiring liver transplantation. Ann Hepatol. 2008 ; 7: 82-6.
  11. Jamal Y, Tombazzi C, Waters B, Ismail MK. Bronchobiliary fistula in a cirrhotic patient: a case report and review of the literature. Am J Med Sci. 2008; 335: 315-9.
  12. Narra SL, Tombazzi C, Datta V, Ismail MK. "Granular Cell Tumor of the Esophagus: Report of Five Cases and Review of the Literature". Am J Med Sci. 2008; 335: 338-341.
  13. Barriga J, Thompson R, Skokouh-Amiri H, Davila R, Ismail Mk, Waters B, Tombazzi CR . Biliary strictures after liver transplantation. Predictive factors for response to endoscopic management and long-term outcome. Am J Med Sci 2008; 335: 439-43.
  14. Adu Al Rub F, Whitt K, Tombazzi C. Disseminated histoplasmosis presenting with biliary obstruction and duodenal ulcer. Tenn Med 2009; 102: 45-6.
  15. Kaptik S, Jamal Y, Jackson BK, Tombazzi C. Ischemic gastropathy: an unusual cause of abdominal pain and gastric ulcers. Am J Med Sci 2010; 339(1): 95-7.

Book Chapters

  1. Davila R, Tombazzi CR. Kernicterus. In Encyclopedia of Gastroenterology (L Johnson, M Feldman, eds.) (2003) Academic Press.
  2. Davila R, Tombazzi CR. Pregnancy and Gastrointestinal Disease. In Encyclopedia of Gastroenterology (L Johnson, M Feldman, eds.) (2003) Academic Press.

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Division of Gastroenterology
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Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-2510
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