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Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department: Medicine: Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Practices: Drexel Gastroenterology

Specialties: Gastroenterology


  • Medical School - Osmania Medical College/NTR University of the Health Sciences, India
  • MPH - Florida International University
  • Residency and Fellowship - Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Advanced Endoscopy - Temple Fox Chase Cancer Center

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Anand R. Kumar, MD, MPH, is a therapeutic gastroenterologist and director of the Center for Digestive Health at Drexel Medicine. He specializes in performing advanced endoscopic procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), ERCP, enteral stents and balloon enteroscopy. Dr. Kumar’s special interest lies in performing complex endoscopic procedures that can be alternative treatment options to major surgery, including the following:

  • Advanced polypectomy (removal of large and/or difficult polyps)
  • Balloon enteroscopy (Crohn's stricture dilation or retained video capsule removal)
  • Luminal stents (esophageal, gastric, duodenal, enteric or colonic)
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection of early cancers
  • Closure of mucosal and full-thickness defects and fistulae including leaking old PEG sites - endoclips, over-the-scope clips and stents
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) - FNA, celiac block/neurolysis, fiducial marker placement, pancreatic pseudocysts and walled-off necrosis, pancreatic cysts, Cancer staging
  • ERCP - cholangioscopy (direct and spy), removal of large CBD stones, endoscopy and ERCP in surgically altered anatomy

Clinical Services

Endoscopic ultrasound with FNA, Endoscopic ultrasound, Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP), Stents, Acute pancreatitis, Chronic pancreatitis, Pseudocysts, Pancreatic cysts, Cholangioscopy, Cancer staging, Early cancer and large polyp removal, Barrett’s esophagus, Balloon enteroscopy, Gastric varices, Endoscopy after gastric bypass, Stricture dilation, Neuroendocrine tumors (carcinoids), Endoscopy, Gastroenterology

Dr. Kumar is an assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology at Drexel University College of Medicine.

He is an active member of the ACG training committee that organizes and coordinates educational events throughout the year for gastroenterology fellows.


Dr. Kumar’s research interests include management of pancreatic cysts, management of indeterminate biliary strictures, endoscopic treatment of gastric varices, assessment of quality indicators for screening colonoscopy and development or validation of experimental and innovative endoscopic techniques.

He has published original research, book chapters and commentaries in major gastroenterology and radiology journals. His research has been cited widely in gastroenterology literature. He is also a clinical reviewer for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Journal, and served as an associate editor for ACG Case Reports Journal from 2014 to 2015.


See all of Anand Kumar's publications in Google Scholar

"How Does Length of Stay in the United States Affect Colorectal Cancer Incidence Among Immigrant Asian Populations in California?"
PK Molakatalla, AR Kumar
The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 109 (10), 1687-1687, October 2014

"Set higher adenomas per colonoscopy benchmark"
AR Kumar
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 3 (80), 539-541, September 2014

"Should We Abandon The Use of Prophylactic PD Stents to Prevent Post-ERCP Pancreatitis?"
AR Kumar

The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 109 (8), 1292-1292, August 2014

"Have We Overestimated the Risk of Lymphoma Associated With Thiopurine Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis?"
AR Kumar, RS Dudnick
Gastroenterology, 146 (4), 1131-1131, April 2014

Book Chapter: "Botulinum Toxin and Pneumatic Dilation in the Treatment of Achalasia"
Kumar AR, Schnoll-Sussman FH, Katz PO
In: Techniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (Special Edition of Esophageal Potpourri), 16(1): 10-19, January 2014

"Commentary: biopsy to diagnose GERD - better, but not yet a stand-alone test"
AR Kumar, PO Katz
Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 38 (9), 1139-1140, November 2013

"Functional esophageal disorders: A review of diagnosis and management"
AR Kumar, PO Katz
Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 7 (5), 453-461, July 2013

"Triple‐phase abdominal computed tomography for detecting spontaneous portopulmonary shunts in cirrhotic patients"
German Gonzalez, Lana M Wilkinson, Carolina Carcano, Anand Kumar, Tan‐Lucien Mohammed, Einar Lurix, Fernando Castro, Jacobo Kirsch
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 27 (12), 1837-1841, December 2012

"Tamoxifen-associated Budd-Chiari syndrome complicated by heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis: a case report and literature review"
M Chayanupatkul, JH Rhee, AR Kumar, G Varadi
BMJ Case Reports, December 2012

"Preferences for ethnicity and sex of endoscopists in a Hispanic population in the United States"
JA Zapatier, AR Kumar, A Perez, R Guevara, A Schneider
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 73 (1), 89-97. e4, January 2011

"Morning-only one-gallon polyethylene glycol improves bowel cleansing for afternoon colonoscopies: A randomized endoscopist-blinded prospective study"
S Varughese, AR Kumar, A George, FJ Castro
The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 105 (11), 2368-2374, November 2010

"An unusual finding during screening colonoscopy: A cockroach!"
AR Kumar, JA Perez, R Miick, YK Govil
Endoscopy, 42 (S 02), E209-E210, September 2010

"Computed tomography findings of spontaneous porto-pulmonary shunts in 3 patients with portal hypertension"
Anand Kumar, German Gonzalez, Lana Wilkinson, Tan-Lucien Mohammed, Fernando Castro-Pavia, James Glockner, Jacobo Kirsch
Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 25 (3), W70-W74, August 2010

Contact Information

Practice Office

Drexel Gastroenterology
219 N. Broad Street
The Arnold T. Berman, MD Building, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.762.6220
Fax: 215.762.5034