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Samir Gupta

Samir Gupta


  • M.D.

  • MSCS

  • AGAF

Current Position(s): 

  • Staff Physician, VASDHS

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSD

Personal Statement: 

Samir Gupta is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Diego and the San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, within the Division of Gastroenterology. His work focuses on the prevention and screening of colorectal cancer and polyps. Dr. Gupta has been the leader of two large-scale comparative effectiveness randomized trials of strategies to boost colorectal cancer screening rates among the underserved, as well as numerous observational studies of the clinical and molecular epidemiology of digestive system cancers and neoplasia, including colorectal, hepatocellular, and pancreatic cancer. His currently funded research includes a Department of Veterans Affairs Merit Review to phenotype a cohort of over 2 million Veterans who have undergone colonoscopy 1999-2015, and use these data for epidemiologic research, as well as a National Cancer Institute-funded randomized trial of two strategies to increase screening rates among underserved populations. Additionally, Dr. Gupta serves as San Diego local site principle investigator for the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program CONFIRM and Million Veteran Program initiatives.  Further, he is Vice-Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guideline committees for Genetic/High Risk Familial Assessment and Screening for Colorectal Cancer. Clinically, Dr. Gupta practices general gastroenterology at VA San Diego and UC San Diego, and specializes in the management of patients with hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes.


  • B.A., Distinction in English and Biomedical Science University of Michigan

  • M.D. with Distinction in Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

  • Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania

  • Fellowship in Gastroenterology, University of California San Francisco

  • Certificate in Advanced Training in Clinical Research, University of California San Francisco

  • Masters of Science in Clinical Science with Distinction, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Awards and Honors: 

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1996

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2000

  • Inteflex integrated pre-medical/medical program Director’s Award for outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular involvement, 2000

  • Lyman E. Bilhartz MD Memorial Teaching Award, Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2008

  • Annals of Internal Medicine top 30% of reviewers, 2009

  • John Peter Smith Hospital Health System, First Place, Oral Presentation, 2010

  • John Peter Smith Hospital Health System, Third Place, Poster Presentation, 2010

  • Dallas “D” Magazine, Best Doctors List, 2010, 2012

  • Scholarship Award, International Cancer Screening Network, to attend Biennial Meeting in Sydney, Australia, 2012

  • UCSD Gastroenterology Fellows Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award, 2015

  • Vice-Chair, National Comprehensive Cancer Network “Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Colorectal” and “Colorectal Cancer Screening” guideline committees, 2015

  • Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, 2017


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