Dr. Salem graduated from the Jordan University of Science and Technology – Faculty of Medicine in 2009, with honors. He completed an internship at the University of Aleppo – Faculty of Medicine in 2010. He joined the Meyerhoff Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center in Baltimore, Maryland as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2012. In 2013, he joined the internal medicine residency program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He subsequently joined the fellowship program in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 2016.
Early during his gastroenterology fellowship training, he focused on optimizing care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He received the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Visiting Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellow Program Award, and had the opportunity to be exposed to the clinical practices in inflammatory bowel disease at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota – an internationally-recognized and a leading IBD Center. He received the Richard F. Harty Outstanding Fellow in Gastroenterology Award upon completion of his general gastroenterology fellowship training.
He has been in the forefront of advocacy activities with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, leading an IBD support group for patients at the University of Oklahoma, and visited with legislators in Washington DC in IBD Day on The Hill, to discuss reforms needed to optimize care for patients with IBD.
He further pursued formal training in IBD, and completed an Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 2020; focusing on the care of complex IBD patients.
He was recruited to OU Medical Center in 2020 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.
He primarily practices at the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at OU Physicians in Edmond, where he acts as the Director of the Center.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
Jordan University of Science and Technology, School of Medicine. Irbid, Jordan
Internal Medicine Board Certified (ABIM) 2016
Gastroenterology Board Certified (ABIM) 2019
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Visiting Fellow
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Select Honors & Accomplishments:
AGA announces-25 Fellows Making Huge Strides in GI Patient Care. September 2020
ACG 2019-2020 Question of the Week Grand Prize Award. August 2020
Distinguished Fellow Award in Gastroenterology. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. June 2020
ACG 2019-2020 Question of the Week – 2nd Quarter Winner. February 2020.
Advances in IBD (AIBD) Travel Award. Orlando, Florida. December 2019.
IBD Summit Travel Award. San Antonio, Texas. October 2019.
Richard F. Harty Outstanding Fellow in Gastroenterology Award. June 2019.
Gastroenterology Fellowship Outstanding Service in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award. June 2019.
Winner Team - GI OUHSC Jeopardy. April 2019.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Visiting Fellow Award. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. March 2019.
Outstanding Poster Presentation Award – American College of Gastroenterology
Salem G, Jacobs B, Guild RT. Balloon Angioplasty as a Novel Therapy for Infective Endotipsitis Bacteremia: A Case Report. ACG meeting; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 10/5/2018-10/10/2018. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2018. Oct. 113:S1245-S1246.
Presidential Poster Award – Digestive Disease Week
Christman E, Salem G, Chandrakesan P, Patel A, Maple JT, Tierney WM, Vega K, Houchen C. Comparison of DCLK1 levels in esophageal adenocarcinoma pre- and post-treatment. Digestive Disease Week; San Diego, CA. 05/23/2016.
Medical Knowledge Award. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. William M Tierney. June 2018.
Systems of Care Navigation and Quality Improvement Award. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. William M Tierney. June 2018.
IBD Summit Travel Award. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 2018.
Winner Team - GI OUHSC Jeopardy. April 2016
Blue Ribbon Appreciation by Chief Resident. May 2015
Blue Ribbon Appreciation by Chief Resident. May 2014
Winner Team - Doctors Dilemma Competition. 2014 ACP Meeting, Oklahoma Chapter, Tulsa, OK.
Salem G, Ali IA, Grossen A, Bitar H, Kastens, D. Bridges to Excellence (BTE) Quality Indicators in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Gastroenterology Fellows' Clinic at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: A Quality Improvement Project. J Gastro 159(2):E37-E39, August 01, 2020. DOI:org/10.1053/j.gastro.2020.06.081.
Grossen A, Kastens DJ, Salem G. Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma to The Gastrointestinal Tract. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2019 Sep 13;6(9):e00219.
Grossen A, Magguilli M, Thai TC, Salem G. Hepatic Actinomycosis in Patient with Retained Common Bile Duct Stent. ACG Case Reports Journal. 2019 Sep; 6:- Issue 9 - p e00219 doi: 10.14309/crj.0000000000000219. Epub ahead of print.
Jacobs B, Salem G, Kastens DJ. Black Esophagus: A Rare Cause of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2020, 18:e57. 2019 Mar 12; Epub ahead of print.
Smith Z, Salem G, Abegunde A, Kaitha S, Kastens DJ, Tierney WM. Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer: Hard to See, Hard to Find. Journal of Oklahoma State Medical Association. 2019 Feb;122:42-46.
Salem G, Adhikari LJ. Hepatitis C, and Cannot See! Gastroenterology. 2019 Apr; 156(5):1257-1258.
Salem G, Kastens DJ. Double Pylorus. A Rare Complication Of Peptic Ulcer Disease. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2019 Jan;17(1):e1.
Kirkpatrick BA, Salem G. Dysphagia in a patient with End-Stage Renal Disease. Gastroenterology. 2018 Dec;155(6):e11-e12.
Toschi M, Salem G, Madhoun M. A Case of Pseudomelanosis Duodeni in the Settings of Chronic Hydralazine Use. The American Journal of Medical Sciences. 2018 Jul;356(1):e21
Salem G, Toschi MA, Tierney WM. Ogilvie’s Syndrome Refractory to Medical and Endoscopic Management: A Case of the Black Cecum. Case Reports Journal. 2018;2(1):008.
Syed T, Salem G, Garg K, Rubin E, Agudelo N. Dissecting Cellulitis of the Scalp: A Rare Dermatological Manifestation of Crohn’s Disease. ACG Case Reports Journal. 2018 Jan 31;5:e8.
Salem G, Selby G. Stem Cell Transplant in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. A Promising Modality of Treatment for a Complicated Disease Course. Stem Cell Inv. 2017; 11;4:95.
Kaitha SR, Salem G, Zhao YD, Madhoun MF, Chen A, Tierney WM. The Impact on Endoscopic Resource Utilization After a Targeted Intervention for Cost-Minimization of EGD and Colonoscopy. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2016; 111 (11): 1559-63.