Haritha Avula
Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Gastroenterology

Faculty Information


Board Certifications:

  • Gastroenterology, 2008, American Board of Internal Medicine
Education & Training: 
Fellowship in Gastroenterology
University of Michigan Medical Center
Residency in Gastroenterology
University of Michigan Medical Center
Fellowship in Endoscopic Ultrasound
University of Texas Southwestern
Residency in Internal Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
Internship in Internal Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
Medical Education
Andhra Medical College
Research & Clinical Interests
Clinical Interests: 
  • Gastroenterology (Digestive)

Moffatt DC, Pradermchai K, Avula H, Sherman S, Fogel EL, Lehman GA. Moderate and severe postendoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography pancreatitis despite prophylactic pancreatic stent placement: the effect of early prophylactic pancreatic stent dislodgement. Can J Gastroenterol. 2011 Apr;25(4):215-9. doi: 10.1155/2011/678540. PMID: 21523263; PMCID: PMC3088697.

Moffatt DC, Coté GA, Avula H, Watkins JL, McHenry L, Sherman S, Lehman GA, Fogel EL. Risk factors for ERCP-related complications in patients with pancreas divisum: a retrospective study. Gastrointest Endosc. 2011 May;73(5):963-70. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2010.12.035. Epub 2011 Mar 9. PMID: 21392753.

Avula H, Sherman S. What is the role of endotherapy in chronic pancreatitis? Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2010 Nov;3(6):367-82. doi: 10.1177/1756283X10376991. PMID: 21180616; PMCID: PMC3002595.

Oruc N, Papachristou GI, Avula H, Slivka A, Lamb J, Whitcomb DC. Angiotensin-converting enzyme gene DD genotype neither increases susceptibility to acute pancreatitis nor influences disease severity. HPB (Oxford). 2009 Feb;11(1):45-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-2574.2008.00005.x. PMID: 19590623; PMCID: PMC2697858.

Papachristou GI, Papachristou DJ, Avula H, Slivka A, Whitcomb DC. Obesity increases the severity of acute pancreatitis: performance of APACHE-O score and correlation with the inflammatory response. Pancreatology. 2006;6(4):279-85. doi: 10.1159/000092689. Epub 2006 Apr 19. PMID: 16636600.

Papachristou GI, Sass DA, Avula H, Lamb J, Lokshin A, Barmada MM, Slivka A, Whitcomb DC. Is the monocyte chemotactic protein-1 -2518 G allele a risk factor for severe acute pancreatitis? Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2005 May;3(5):475-81. doi: 10.1016/s1542-3565(05)00163-1. PMID: 15880317.