Thomas L. Abell, M.D.

Thomas L. Abell, M.D.

Thomas L. Abell, M.D.

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Arthur M. Schoen, M.D., Chair in Gastroenterology
GI Motility Clinic
220 Abraham Flexner Way, Ste. 300
Louisville, KY 40202

502-852-6991 - Academic Office
502-540-1420 - Patient Appointments


Clinical Expertise
Gastrointestinal Motility; Gastroparesis; Endoscopic Device Development


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine -
    Internal Medicine / Gastroenterology

Education and Training

  • Medical School: University of South Dakota
  • Residency: The Ohio State University Hospitals; Baptist Memorial Hospital/University of Tennessee-Memphis; Southern Illinois University
  • Fellowship: Mayo Foundation; University of Tennessee

Featured Publications

  • Maurer AH, Abell T, Bennett P, Diaz JR, Harris LA, Hasler W, Iagaru A, Koch KL, McCallum RW, Parkman HP, Rao SSC, Tulchinsky M. Appropriate Use Criteria for Gastrointestinal Transit Scintigraphy. J Nucl Med. 2020 Mar;61(3):11N-17N. PubMed PMID: 32123132.
  • Bhatti S, Jaafar I, Hassan H, Atassi H, Stocker A, Hughes M, Pinkston C, Dryden G, Abell T. Effects of Gastric Neuromodulation on Crohn's Disease in Patients With Coexisting Symptoms of Gastroparesis. Neuromodulation. 2020 Feb 18. doi: 10.1111/ner.13118. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32072737.
  • Koch KL, Hasler WL, Van Natta M, Calles-Escandon J, Grover M, Pasricha PJ, Snape WJ, Parkman HP, Abell TL, McCallum RW, Nguyen LA, Sarosiek I, Farrugia G, Tonascia J, Lee L, Miriel L, Hamilton F; NIDDK Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium. Satiety testing in diabetic gastroparesis: Effects of insulin pump therapy with continuous glucose monitoring on upper gastrointestinal symptoms and gastric myoelectrical activity. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2020 Jan;32(1):e13720. doi: 10.1111/nmo.13720. Epub 2019 Oct 1. PubMed PMID: 31574209.
  • Abell TL, Yamada G, McCallum RW, Van Natta ML, Tonascia J, Parkman HP, Koch KL, Sarosiek I, Farrugia G, Grover M, Hasler W, Nguyen L, Snape W, Kuo B, Shulman R, Hamilton FA, Pasricha PJ. Effectiveness of gastric electrical stimulation in gastroparesis: Results from a large prospectively collected database of national gastroparesis registries. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2019 Dec;31(12):e13714. doi: 10.1111/nmo.13714. Epub 2019 Oct 4. PubMed PMID: 31584238; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6863164.
  • Parkman HP, Sharkey EP, Nguyen LA, Yates KP, Abell TL, Hasler WL, Snape W, Clarke J, Schey R, Koch KL, Kuo B, McCallum RW, Sarosiek I, Grover M, Farrugia G, Tonascia J, Pasricha PJ; Frank A. Hamilton for the NIH Gastroparesis Consortium. Marijuana Use in Patients with Symptoms of Gastroparesis: Prevalence, Patient Characteristics, and Perceived Benefit. Dig Dis Sci. 2019 Nov 22. doi: 10.1007/s10620-019-05963-2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31758430.
  • Parkman HP, Wilson LA, Farrugia G, Koch KL, Hasler WL, Nguyen LA, Abell TL, Snape W, Clarke J, Kuo B, McCallum RW, Sarosiek I, Grover M, Miriel L, Tonascia J, Hamilton FA, Pasricha PJ; NIDDK Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium (GpCRC). Delayed Gastric Emptying Associates With Diabetic Complications in Diabetic Patients With Symptoms of Gastroparesis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2019 Nov;114(11):1778-1794. doi: 10.14309/ajg.0000000000000410. PubMed PMID: 31658129; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6832848.
  • Grover M, Dasari S, Bernard CE, Chikkamenahalli LL, Yates KP, Pasricha PJ, Sarosiek I, McCallum R, Koch KL, Abell TL, Kuo B, Shulman RJ, Gibbons SJ, McKenzie TJ, Kellogg TA, Kendrick ML, Tonascia J, Hamilton FA, Parkman HP, Farrugia G. Proteomics in gastroparesis: unique and overlapping protein signatures in diabetic and idiopathic gastroparesis. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2019 Nov 1;317(5):G716-G726. doi: 10.1152/ajpgi.00115.2019. Epub 2019 Sep 4. PubMed PMID: 31482734; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6879892.
  • Doshi S, Patel A, Stocker A, Scoggins C, Agrawal L, Abell T. Gastric Electrical Stimulation Is an Effective Treatment Modality for Refractory Gastroparesis in a Postsurgical Patient with Pancreatic Cancer. Case Rep Gastroenterol. 2019 Oct 2;13(3):430-437. doi: 10.1159/000503275. eCollection 2019 Sep-Dec. PubMed PMID: 31762731; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6873057.
  • Gupta A, Hobson DTG, Petro M, Al-Juburi A, Francis S, Abell TL. Can Baseline Electromyography Predict Response to Biofeedback for Anorectal Disorder? A Long-Term Follow-Up Study. Gastroenterology Res. 2019 Oct;12(5):252-255. doi: 10.14740/gr1213. Epub 2019 Oct 4. PubMed PMID: 31636775; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6785285.
  • Parkman HP, Wilson LA, Hasler WL, McCallum RW, Sarosiek I, Koch KL, Abell TL, Schey R, Kuo B, Snape WJ, Nguyen L, Farrugia G, Grover M, Clarke J, Miriel L, Tonascia J, Hamilton F, Pasricha PJ. Abdominal Pain in Patients with Gastroparesis: Associations with Gastroparesis Symptoms, Etiology of Gastroparesis, Gastric Emptying, Somatization, and Quality of Life. Dig Dis Sci. 2019 Aug;64(8):2242-2255. doi: 10.1007/s10620-019-05522-9. Epub 2019 Mar 9. PubMed PMID: 30852767; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6656584.