Firas Akhrass, M.D.

Biography

Firas Akhrass, M.D. is a Board-Certified Endocrinologist, specializing in Internal Medicine with an expertise in several areas, including diabetes mellitus, obesity, diseases of the thyroid and PCOS. He is a highly experienced physician with 25 years in the field of Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism, both in private practice and research.  He received his medical degree, graduating in the top 10% of his class, from Aleppo University School of Medicine in Aleppo, Syria, in April 1993.  He completed his fellowship in Endocrinology & Metabolism at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois in 2001.  

Dr. Akhrass joined the Diabetes & Glandular Disease Clinic in San Antonio, Texas as sixth partner in February 2007.  He is highly regarded by his patients and peers, and is on the Healthgrades Honor Roll.  Accomplished in the field of research and a  published author, Dr. Akhrass has had articles in peer-reviewed journals.  He is an active member of several esteemed professional groups, including the Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. 

Medical Education

Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago IL – Fellow in Endocrinology & Metabolism July 2001 to June 2003
Sparrow Hospital & Michigan State University – Transitional Year Residency – June 1999
Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore Maryland – Resident in Internal Medicine  July 1999 to June 2001
Aleppo University School of Medicine, Aleppo, Syria – Doctor of Medicine July 1989 to April 1993
Doctor of Medicine Graduated in the top 10% of the class

Licenses

Texas Medical License – active since 2006

Board Certification

Fellow of Endocrinology & Metabolism

American Board of Internal Medicine – Diplomate in Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine  - Diplomate in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Employment History

Employment History

February 2007 - present Diabetes & Glandular Disease Clinic, PA. 5107 Medical Drive San Antonio, TX

July 2003 – February 2007 Dodge City Medical Center. 2020 Central Avenue, Dodge City, Kansas

July 2001 – June 2003 Fellowship in Endocrinology, Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s University, Chicago, IL

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

July, 2001-June, 2003 Fellowship in Endocrinology. Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Univ, Chicago, IL

July, 1999- June, 2001 Residency in Internal Medicine. Union Memorial Hosp. Baltimore, MD

July, 1998 – June, 1999 Transitional Year Residency Program. Michigan State Univ-Sparrow Hospital, East Lansing, MI

Additional Experience

Additional Experience

July 2001 to June 2003 – Research Assistant: Co-Investigator. Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s University

Chicago, Illinois. Navigator Study: Nateglinide and Valsartan in Impaired Glucose Tolerance Outcomes Research.

July 2001 to June 2003 – Research Assistant: Co-Investigator Department of Endocrinology Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

January 1996 to June 1999 – Research Assistant Department of Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

Endocrine Society

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 

Texas Medical Association 

Certification from The Educational Commission Foreign Medical Graduates 1996

Chief of Staff, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Medical Center 2013 – 2015

Publications

Publications

Hormone Replacement Therapy is Associated with Less Coronary Atherosclerosis in Postmenopausal Women.  F. Akhrass, A. Evans, Y. Wang, S. Rich, C.R. Kannan, L. Fogelfeld, and T. Mazzone The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2003;88 5611-5614.

A Rare Case of Acute Interstitial Pneumonitis, Mediastinal and Subcutaneous Emphysema as a Presenting Illness of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.  F. Akhrass, M.D., N. Elsouri, M.D., P. Slone, M.D. 

American College of Physicians, Maryland Chapter, 2001.  F. Akhrass, M.D., D. Wadwani, M.D.

Quantitative Analysis of Blood Wastage as a Result of Diagnostic Phlebotomy:  What Can be Done?

American College of Physicians, Maryland Chapter, 2001.  N. Rasouli, M.D., F. Akhrass, M.D., H Al-Rubaiai, H. El-Tamimi M.D.

Unstable Angina and the Use of Therapeutic Modalities in Community Hospital.  American College of Physicians, Michigan Chapter, 1999.  E. Korban, H. Ma, A. Prieto. X. Qiao, F. Akhrass M.D., G. Abela M.D.

β-Carotene Preserves Endothelium Dependent Relaxation in an Atherosclerotic Model of Plaque Disruption and Thrombosis.  American College of Physicians, Michigan Chapter, 1999.

Co-authored β-Carotene Preserves Endothelium Dependant Relaxation in an Atherosclerotic Model of Plaque Disruption and Thrombosis

Diplomate

Diplomate

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Endocrinology

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Bridges To Excellence Physician Office Systems Recognition Program (2015, 2016, 2017)

Bridges to Excellence Diabetes Care Recognition Program (2015, 2016, 2017)\

Vitals Patients’ Choice Award (2010, 2011, 2012)

Vitals Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011,2012)

Vitals Top 10 Doctor – Metro Area (2014)

Vitals Top 10 Doctor – City (2014)