Local Compassion,

Global Vision

Department of Clinical Research and Education

Our vision is to provide exceptional patient care, state of the art standard of care treatments, and cutting edge research for patients with gastrointestinal & liver disorders, here at home. 

Dr. Chris Fourment
Director of Clinical Research and Education

Dr. Chris Fourment received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Angelo State University and   earned his medical degree in 2007 from St. Matthew's University, School of Medicine. He has dedicated most of his career to the study Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis). A passion for advancing science and medicine is what drives Dr. Fourment. He sits on the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). In his free time Dr. Fourment enjoys spending time with his wife and new daughter, water sports (skiing & sailing,) and spending time outdoors.

Dr. Tim Ritter
Medical Director, Luminal Research Division

Dr. Tim Ritter was born in San Antonio and raised in Amarillo, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1984 and attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Following medical school, Dr. Ritter did his internship and residency in internal medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital and was board certified in internal medicine in 1990 and re-certified in 2000. Dr. Ritter completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1993. He was board certified in gastroenterology in 1993 and re-certified in 2000 and 2013. He has been actively involved in clinical research with TDDC since 2009 and has been a principal investigator in over 30 trials involving Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and GERD. He has been a sub-investigator in hepatology for studies involving Hepatitis C, PBC and fatty liver. His passion for research comes from seeing new therapeutic options for patients become available through clinical trials.

Dr. James Trotter
Medical Director, Hepatology Research Division

Dr. Trotter completed his internal medicine residency at UT Southwestern in Dallas and a GI fellowship and Transplant Hepatology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center where he served as an attending physician for two years. He was then recruited to the University of Colorado where he ran a busy clinical research practice in chronic liver disease, living donor liver transplant and liver transplantation. He then assumed the role of Director of Hepatology at Baylor University Medical Center in 2009. He is the Deputy Editor for the journal Liver Transplantation  and Associate Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation and co-author of the book Medical Care of the Liver Transplant Patient. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.