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

  • Elmasry M, Hassan H, Mathur P, Stocker A, Atassi H, Saleem S, McElmurray L, Cooper K, Hughes MG, Starkebaum W, Pinkston C, Abell T. Baseline predictive factors for foregut and hindgut response to long-term gastric electrical stimulation using augmented energy. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2022 Jun;34(6):e14274. doi: 10.1111/nmo.14274. Epub 2021 Oct 26. PMID: 34697860.
  • Parkman HP, van Natta ML, Maurer AH, Koch KL, Grover M, Malik Z, Sarosiek I, Abell TL, Bulat RS, Kuo B, Shulman RJ, Farrugia G, Miriel L, Tonascia J, Hamilton FA, Pasricha PJ, McCallum RW. Postprandial Symptoms in Patients with Symptoms of Gastroparesis: Roles of Gastric Emptying and Accommodation. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2022 May 3. doi: 10.1152/ajpgi.00278.2021. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35502871.
  • Parkman HP, Van Natta ML, Makol A, Grover M, McCallum RW, Malik Z, Koch KL, Sarosiek I, Kuo B, Shulman RJ, Farrugia G, Miriel L, Tonascia J, Hamilton F, Pasricha PJ, Abell TL; NIDDK Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium. Prevalence and clinical correlates of antinuclear antibody in patients with gastroparesis. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2022 May;34(5):e14270. doi: 10.1111/nmo.14270. Epub 2021 Oct 1. PMID: 34595805; PMCID: PMC8971139.
  • Koch KL, Van Natta M, Parkman HP, Grover M, Abell TL, McCallum RW, Shaltout HA, Sarosiek I, Farrugia G, Shulman RJ, Tonascia J, Miriel L, Hamilton F, Pasricha PJ; Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium. Effect of liquid and solid test meals on symptoms and gastric myoelectrical activity in patients with gastroparesis and functional dyspepsia. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2022 Apr 11:e14376. doi: 10.1111/nmo.14376. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35411675.
  • Seabrook N, Kedar A, Bills G, Sarker S, Rock WA Jr, Pinkston C, Kedar A, Abell T. Inflammatory Markers and Mortality in Diabetic Versus Idiopathic Gastroparesis. Am J Med Sci. 2022 Mar;363(3):218-223. doi: 10.1016/j.amjms.2021.07.013. Epub 2021 Sep 30. PMID: 34555370.
  • Sarosiek I, Van Natta M, Parkman HP, Abell T, Koch KL, Kuo B, Shulman RJ, Farrugia G, Grover M, Hamilton FA, Pasricha PJ, Yates KP, Miriel L, Wilson L, Yamada G, Tonascia J, McCallum RW; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium (GpCRC). Effect of Domperidone Therapy on Gastroparesis Symptoms: Results of a Dynamic Cohort Study by NIDDK Gastroparesis Consortium. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2022 Mar;20(3):e452-e464. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2021.05.063. Epub 2021 Jun 2. PMID: 34089855; PMCID: PMC8636553.
  • Parkman HP, Sharkey E, McCallum RW, Hasler WL, Koch KL, Sarosiek I, Abell TL, Kuo B, Shulman RJ, Grover M, Farrugia G, Schey R, Tonascia J, Hamilton F, Pasricha PJ; NIH/NIDDK Gastroparesis Consortium. Constipation in Patients With Symptoms of Gastroparesis: Analysis of Symptoms and Gastrointestinal Transit. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2022 Mar;20(3):546-558.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2020.10.045. Epub 2020 Oct 28. PMID: 33130007; PMCID: PMC8079462.
  • Shine A, Mathur P, Ahmed S, Ramos S, McElmurray L, Stocker A, Pinkston C, Abell TL. Low-Resolution Electrogastrogram at Baseline and Response to Temporary Gastric Electrical Stimulation-A Comparison of Cutaneous With Mucosal Recordings. Neuromodulation. 2022 Feb 16:S1094-7159(21)06986-5. doi: 10.1016/j.neurom.2021.12.008. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35183451.
  • Gala K, Stocker A, Tu Y, Nguyen V, McElmurray L, Cooper K, Chhabra G, Mathur P, Vedanarayanan V, Pinkston C, Abell TL. Baseline Characteristics and Predictive Factors of Intravenous Immunoglobulin Response in Drug and Device Refractory Gastroparesis Symptoms. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2021 Dec 31. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001655. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34974494.
  • Saleem S, Hussain A, Alsamman MA, Inayat F, Kaler J, Tansel A, Abell TL. Characteristics of patients who underwent gastric electrical stimulation vs. surgical pyloric interventions for refractory gastroparesis. Saudi J Gastroenterol. 2021 Sep-Oct;27(5):309-315. doi: 10.4103/sjg.sjg_673_20. PMID: 34380871; PMCID: PMC8555767.