Arash Babaei
Arash Babaei, MD, is a gastroenterologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Babaei is in the Division of Gastroenterology and Department of Medicine.
Associate Professor
Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine


Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, Masters of Science in Clinical & Translational Sciences
MD, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Tehran, Iran, MD
Scripps Mercy, San Diego, CA, Internal Medicine
Scripps Mercy, San Diego, CA, Internal Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, Postdoctoral Clinical Research Scholar Fellowship (K30 program)
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, Gastroenterology, NIH Funded T32 Academic Tract
University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

Awards & Recognition

2017: Winner of AGA’s poster judging competition
2017: AGA recognition as an accomplished early career investigator
2015: Outstanding medical student teachers Award
2014: Daniel McCarty award for research excellence, MCW, Milwaukee, WI
2012: AGA academic skills workshop travel award, Chicago, IL
2011: Fellowship2Leadership travel award, Salix Pharmaceuticals, Chicago, IL
2004: Jack Geller award for outstanding poster presentation, San Diego, CA
1999: Honors for the doctorate degree thesis, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran
1992: Top 50 ranking in 350,000 medical school applicants, Iran

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

Professional Memberships

2012-Present: Dysphagia Research Society (DRS)
2010-Present: American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS)
2006-Present: American Gastroenterology Association (AGA)


BABAEI A, Mittal RK. Cholecystokinin Induces esophageal longitudinal muscle contraction and transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation in healthy humans.  Am J Physiol Gastrointest liver Physiology.  2018 June; DOI: 10.1152/ajpgi.00127.2018. PMID: 29902066

BABAEI A, Szabo A, Yorio SD, Massey BT. Pressure exposure and catheter impingement affect the recorded pressure in the Manoscan 360™ system. Neurogastroenterology Motility. 2018 Mar; DOI: 10.1111/nmo.13329. PMID: 29520927

BABAEI A, Venu M, Naini SR*, Gonzaga J, Lang IM, Massey BT, Jadcherla S, Shaker R Impaired upper esophageal sphincter reflexes in patients with supraesophageal reflux disease. Gastroenterology. 2015 Nov; 149(6):1381-91. PMID: 26188682; PMCID: PMC4628603

Siwiec RM*, BABAEI A, Kern M, Samuel EA, Li SJ, Shaker R. Esophageal acid stimulation alters insular cortex functional connectivity in gastroesophageal reflux disease. Neurogastroenterolgy and Motility. 2015 Feb; 27(2):201-11. PMID: 25367277; PMCID: PMC4308507

BABAEI A, Lin EC*, Szabo A, Massey BT. Determinants of pressure drift in Manoscan™ esophageal high-resolution manometry system. Neurogastroenterology Motility. 2015 Feb; 27(2):277-84. PMID: 25545126; PMCID: PMC4437530

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National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2023
Dr Babaei is such a caring and compassionate doctor. He truly makes me feel taken care of and listened to. His treatment is excellent and keeps trying treatment options to make my disease more manageable. I have numerous doctors and he is by far the best.

National Jewish Health PatientFebruary, 2023
Dr. Babaei was excellent in listening and explaining what procedure he recommended and why.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2023
All my questions were answered. Dr Babaei explained everything clearly. I feel I'm in very good hands.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2023
Very polite and attentive.

National Jewish Health PatientJanuary, 2023
I was very pleased with *Dr. Babaei's concern and communication with me. Thank you for outstanding care!

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2022
Dr. Babei did not ask me about any of my GI issues. He just wants to do procedures. He will not be my GI doctor after I receive a stem cell transplant. He gave me no info and abruptly left the room without saying if he was returning. Very poor behavior.

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2022
All is good

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2022
Love the attention the Dr.gave.

National Jewish Health PatientNovember, 2022
He is by far the best Dr. I have ever seen. He read my test results before he came in the room Instead of looking at the computer. He has a great way of communicating and discussed not only my GI problem, but also my health In general. I'm going to fly back to see him in 6 months. Well worth the trip.

National Jewish Health PatientOctober, 2022
There was no box for outstanding or I would have checked that In answer to all questions. The NJH care providers are excellent and I travel from another state to benefit by the honest care I receive from them.

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