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Shelini Sooklal

Shelini Sooklal, MD


Department: Medicine: Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Practices: Drexel Gastroenterology

Specialties: Gastroenterology


  • MBBS - University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Awards & Honors

  • American Gastroenterological Association Early Career Investigator Award (2018)
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy LEAD Leadership Program Nominee (2018)
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Community Outreach Award (2017)
  • American College of Gastroenterology North American Conference for Gastroenterology Fellows Research Podium Presenter (2017)
  • American Gastroenterological Association Quality Improvement Fellows Spotlight in eDigest (2017)
  • Delaware Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Annual Poster Competition, 2nd Place (2017)
  • American College of Physicians Pennsylvania Chapter Poster Competition, 1st Place: Quality Improvement Research Category (2014)
  • Easton Hospital Research Day, 1st Place, Internal Medicine Poster (2014)
  • American College of Physicians Young Achiever Award (2014)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

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

Shelini Sooklal, MD, is a gastroenterologist practicing in Center City Philadelphia. She has a special interest in the management of pancreatic and biliary disorders.

Dr. Sooklal is an advocate for patient education on colorectal cancer screening and prevention. She was awarded the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2017 Community Outreach Award for the patient education video on colon cancer entitled "Big 50."

Clinical Services

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Cancer - early detection, Clostridium difficile (C diff) colitis, Colorectal cancer screening, Barrett’s esophagus, Eosinophilic esophagitis, Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), Acute pancreatitis, Chronic pancreatitis, Pseudocysts, Pancreatic cysts, Peptic ulcer disease, Celiac disease, Gastrointestinal cancers, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Diarrhea, Constipation, Upper endoscopy, Colonoscopy, Polypectomy - difficult, Capsule endoscopy, Stricture dilation, Gastroenterology


  • Gastroenterology & Hepatology - Drexel University College of Medicine (2018)


  • Internal Medicine - Easton Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine (2015)


  • Internal Medicine - Easton Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine (2013)

Shelini Sooklal, MD, is a faculty member in the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Drexel University College of Medicine.

She actively participates in clinical and quality improvement research. She has recently presented her work during a podium presentation at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2018, which is is the world's largest gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. At DDW 2018, she was also presented with an award and recognized as an Early Career Investigator for her novel research on chronic cannabis use and its impact on gastrointestinal symptoms, endoscopy and high-resolution esophageal manometry findings.


Dr. Sooklal's research interests include assessment and quality improvement of colonoscopy bowel preparation, cannabis and its impact on the gastrointestinal tract, barriers to accessing digestive care in underserved populations, novel endoscopy techniques, pancreaticobiliary diseases and the impact of newer anticoagulant medications on bleeding during endoscopic procedures.

She is also a clinical reviewer for the ACG Case Reports journal, as well as an abstract reviewer for the American Gastroenterological Association DDW 2019 Gastroenterology Fellows–Directed Quality Improvement session.

In the Media

Cannabis use linked to increased GI inflammation, abnormal studies
Healio Gastroenterology, June 2018

ASGE names Drs. Ami Sachdev, Shelini Sooklal its 2017 community outreach video award winners: 3 key notes
Becker's GI & Endoscopy, October 2017

Spotlight on Fellow-Led Quality Improvement Projects News, October 2017


GI Janes: Women in Medicine
Schwartz J, Sooklal S, Ahmad A
In-House magazine, September 2017

Reflections of a Poster Winner on Boston and ACP's National Meeting
ACP Govenor's Newsletter, June 2015


"Assessing the Success of a Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve Outpatient Screening Colonoscopy Bowel Preparation"
Sooklal S, Nandi N, Kumar A
Gastroenterol; 153 (Issue 2): 591, Aug 2017

"Novel Interactive Flashcard Education Improves Colonoscopy Prep Knowledge"
Kang M, Shah S, Sooklal S, Sohn P, Thor S, Nandi N
Gastroenterol; 152 (Suppl 1): s233, Apr 2017

"Undigested Food on Awakening With Persistent Halitosis"
Sooklal S, Sohagia A
BMJ Case Rep., Jun 9, 2014

"Do Internal Medicine Residents Inappropriately Prescribe Proton Pump Inhibitors?"
Sooklal S, Krishnamurthy M
Gastroenterol; 146 (Suppl 1): 745, May 2014

"Congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt causing adult onset encephalopathy: endovascular treatment with Amplatzer II vascular plug"
Sooklal S, Elnekave E, Van der Veer L
Gastroenterol; 146 (Suppl 1): 345-346, May 2014

"Hospital Clostridium difficile Outbreak Linked to Laundry Machine Malfunction"
Sooklal S, Khan A, Kannangara S
Am J Infect Control.; 42(6):674-5. PMID:24837118, Jun 2014


Intern Survival Guide: For Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Residents
Aung T, Sooklal S, Oo Swezinmar
Amazon Digital Services, Inc. ISBN-13: 9781499579680


Selected Presentations

"Embedded Lumen Apposing Metal Stent Removal Using Argon Plasma Coagulation"
Sooklal S, Kumar A
ACG Annual Scientific Meeting Abstracts, Program No. P1133, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2018)

"Chronic cannabis use and gastrointestinal symptomatology, endoscopic and high resolution manometry findings: A retrospective case-control study"
Sooklal S, Parikh M, Ahmad A
Podium presentation, Digestive Disease Week, Washington, D.C. (2018)

"Barriers to colorectal cancer screening in a low income suburban Pennsylvania clinic"
Sooklal S, Stair S, Hakim H
Poster Presentation, National American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (2015)

"Active Crohn’s Disease: A precursor to potentially catastrophic embolic disease"
Sooklal S, Vyas V, Van der Veer L
Poster Presentation, American College of Physicians Pennsylvania Eastern Chapter Poster Competition, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (2014)

"Is Gastric Cancer Underdiagnosed in Young Latin American Immigrants?"
Sooklal S, Waggy C, Sohagia A
Poster presentation, ACG Scientific Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2014)

"Primary Small Bowel Amyloidosis"
Sooklal S, Sohagia A
Poster presentation, ACG Scientific Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2014)

Are further reductions in the inappropriate use of proton pump inhibitors on discharge of medical inpatients necessary?  
Sooklal S, Krishnamurthy M
Poster presentation, Pennsylvania House of Delegates Poster Contest, Hershey, Pennsylvania (2014)

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