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 PatientNovember, 2021
Dr. Babaei and his entire team are awesome. I liked that the anesthesiologist talked with me and explained that a CRNA would be assisting for my procedure. Dr. Babaei made an extra effort to go to a central computer to go over test results from a test that was performed earlier in the week. He is smart, kind and caring.

National Jewish Health PatientAugust, 2021
*Dr. B. took the time to read my medical history - good. He entered the room with a preconceived assumption of who I was and what my concerns were - very wrong. He was very concerned about the amount of time he spent with me. As I let him know I wasn't like everyone else he let me explain my stance slightly & then gave me more understanding. Appt. ended with a hug & better understanding hopefully on both sides.

National Jewish Health PatientAugust, 2021
I know it appears that I have just went down the line of Very Good without any thought of the questions and that is not the case.

National Jewish Health PatientAugust, 2021
Dr. Babaei was very abrupt, didn't listen to some of my concerns, and seemed in a great hurry to finish our discussion.

National Jewish Health PatientJuly, 2021
Could not be better

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2021
Dr. Babaie was dismissive, rude, demanding and talked over me. he insisted that he was "an expert" and knew more than my other doctors. when we finally figured out that he was under the impression that I had already had a surgical procedure that I DID NOT HAVE!!!! He didn't even bother to apologize for his own mistake! [PHI] while I appreciate that National Jewish is a premier treatment center and I love my pulmonologist - my experience with this doctor was very poor.

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2021
*Dr. Babaei - was courteous, professional, concerned, smart and thorough.

National Jewish Health PatientJune, 2021
very good care. I felt confident in my care. trusted dr thankful for care I received

National Jewish Health PatientApril, 2021
Dr. Bebaei communicated very clearly and answered all of my questions thoroughly. I feel that I am in very good hands.

National Jewish Health PatientApril, 2021
Excellent, knowledgeable doctor.

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