Director of the Memorial Hermann Southeast Esophageal Disease Center
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Clinical Interests and Research
Farzaneh Banki, M.D., associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery, focuses on benign and malignant diseases of the foregut and lungs. Her clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal motility disorder, malignant diseases of the esophagus and stomach as well as benign and malignant diseases of lungs and airway.
Her current focus of research is to assess the role of plasma DNA in the screening and diagnosis of primary, metastatic and recurrent esophageal cancer.
Education and Training
Dr. Banki obtained her medical degree from the University of Montreal, Canada. She subsequently completed her internship and residency training in general surgery at the University of Southern California, including a year of clinical research in the esophageal motility laboratory. She then acquired further experience in esophageal disease during her thoracic and foregut fellowship under the direction of Tom R. DeMeester, M.D.
Subsequently, she worked for a year as a clinical fellow in Response Genetics, Inc. and focused on plasma DNA as a diagnostic tool in treatment of patients with esophageal cancer. She completed her training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle, and joined the faculty of the University of Southern California from July 2007 to 2009. She then joined the department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in July 2009.
Dr. Banki's practice is managed through UT Physicians and she is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, where she is the Director of the Esophageal Disease Center, and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.