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Jiande Chen, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Jiande Chen, Ph.D.

Jiande Chen, Ph.D.
Department of Internal Medicine

University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0764
Phone: 409.772.1501
Fax: 409.772.3084


Dr. Chen received his graduate education at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. While there he started his research on gastrointestinal motility with a group of internationally renowned investigators in the Department of Medicine. Upon completing his PhD in 1989, Dr. Chen moved to the United State where he accepted a faculty position at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine. In 1995, Dr. Chen moved to Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma, where he established an Electrophysiology Laboratory and worked intensively on electrophysiology of the gut and gastrointestinal pacing. In June 1999, he joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine at UTMB and is currently a Professor of Medicine.

Research Interests

His current research interest is in the area of physiology and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal motility as well as obesity and diabetes. Specific research topics include clinical gastrointestinal motility studies and electrical therapies (gastrointestinal electrical stimulation, spinal cord stimulation and vagal nerve stimulation) for functional gastrointestinal disorders, obesity and diabetes. Dr. Chen served as the first President of the International Electrogastrography Society, has given over 180 invited lectures in various countries, served on committees of national and international conferences, published one book, over 310 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and over 400 conference papers and abstracts. His research has been supported by over 100 grants from the federal government, state, private foundations and industries. Dr. Chen has filed or awarded more than 20 patent applications. Dr. Chen is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and a member of various professional societies in medicine and biomedical engineering. Dr. Chen serves as a council member of American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society and a Board Member of North American Neurodumulation Society.

Selected Publications

  1. Yin J, Chen JD. Implantable gastric electrical stimulation: ready for prime time? Gastroenterology 2008;134:665-7.
  2. Chen J, Koothan T, Chen JDZ. Synchronized Gastric Electrical Stimulation Improves Vagotomy-induced Impairment in Gastric Accommodation via the Nitrergic Pathway in Dogs. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2009;296(2):G310-8.
  3. Zhang J, Tang M, Chen JD. Gastric Electrical Stimulation for Obesity: The Need for a New Device Using Wider Pulses. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2009;17(3):474-80.
  4. Sun Y, Chen JD. Intestinal electric stimulation accelerates whole gut transit and promotes fat excrement in conscious rats. Int J Obes (Lond). 2009 Aug;33(8):817-23.
  5. Du P, Li S, O'Grady G, Cheng LK, Pullan AJ, Chen JD. Effects of electrical stimulation on isolated rodent gastric smooth muscle cells evaluated via a joint computational simulation and experimental approach. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2009; 297:G672-G682 PMID: 19661149
  6. Lin L, Xu LM, Zhang W, Ge YB, Tang YR, Zhang HJ, Li XL, Chen JD. Roles of Stem Cell Factor on the Depletion of Interstitial Cells of Cajal in the Colon of Diabetic Mice. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2010 Feb;298(2):G241-7. Epub 2009 Oct 29.PMID: 19875700.
  7. Yin J, Chen J, Chen JDZ. Ameliorating Effects and Mechanisms of Electroacupuncture on Gastric Dysrhythmia, Delayed Emptying and Impaired Accommodation in Diabetic Rats. Am J Physiol Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiol 2010;298:G563-70

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