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Dr. Joseph S. Galati is an expert in liver disease, with over 33 years of experience and leadership in the field of liver disease and liver transplantation. A leader in clinical care, research, and education, Dr. Galati has been at the forefront of liver disease care for over three decades.

Dr. Galati is native of Long Island, New York. He received his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and attended St. George's University School of Medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Galati was an Intern and Resident in Internal Medicine at State University of New York Health Science Center-Brooklyn (formerly Downstate Medical Center)/Kings County Hospital Center, one of the premier teaching hospitals in the country. He remained an additional year in the department to assume responsibilities as the Chief Medical Resident in the Department of Medicine. 

Wanting to pursue further training and expertise in Liver Disease/Transplant Medicine, Dr. Galati left New York City for Omaha, Nebraska. He performed his fellowship training in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Transplant Hepatology at University of Nebraska Medical Center. University of Nebraska Medical Center is a world renowned liver program, and today remains one of the finest in the country. During Dr. Galati’s training there, he participated in a number of research studies looking at the gastrointestinal complications of liver disease and cirrhosis.

After completion of his fellowship training, Dr. Galati relocated to Houston, Texas in 1994, joining the faculty at University of Texas Medical School-Houston. In 1996, he became Medical Director of Transplant Hepatology at University of Texas Medical School. In the spring of 1999, Dr. Galati left his full-time position at University of Texas Medical School to form a private practice with most of his University colleagues. In addition, he was named Medical Director of the newly formed St. Luke’s Texas Liver Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas. In the spring of 2001, he formed his current practice, Liver Specialists of Texas, one of America’s largest private liver services.

In 2007, Dr. Galati was appointed the Medical Director for the Center Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Texas. The Methodist Hospital is one of the countries top facilities, ranked by US News and World Report as one of America’s Top Hospital years after year.

Dr. Galati has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally, having lectured in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He is also a founding board member of the Texas Liver Coalition, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide education and support to those with all types of liver disease.

Since 2003, Dr. Galati has been working with iHeartl Radio and SiriusXM, creating consumer-oriented radio programming, covering topics of health and wellness. The Radio Medical Minute is aired every Monday morning on NewsRadio 740 am KTRH in Houston, one of the countries premier 50,000 watt radio stations.

Dr. Galati produces and hosts Your Health First, a weekly one-hour radio program heard on iHeart radio 740 am KTRH every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Every week, Dr. Galati reviews current health issues in the news, and has experts from around the country joining him to discuss, in simple to understand language, the recent breakthroughs in research and preventive medicine.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Galati is an avid photographer, currently completing his latest project, “Great Hands of Texas”, a collection of hand photographs of some of Texas’s greatest living legends. Many of these photographs are proudly displayed in the office.

Dr. Galati is active in the City of Houston and Fort Bend County communities, volunteering time to several worthwhile organizations, including St. Laurence Catholic Church and School, First Colony Little League, and First Colony Dream League

In addition to his liver practice, Dr. Galati is a board member of Entrepreneur's Organization (EO). For more than 25 years, EO has been supporting entrepreneurs in all corners of the world as they transform businesses, communities, industries and the lives of those they lead. 

For 2018, Dr. Galati will have his first book published. Eating Yourself Sick is now available on Here is a brief video review of the book.

Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Obesity, and all of its related complications, is more serious than most adults in America believe. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. We are seeing an increase in the number of young children and adolescents developing obesity, and all of the related complications.

The cost of obesity is staggering, with annual medical cost of obesity exceeding $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are dedicated to evaluate, treat, and manage all aspects of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH), including the complication of cirrhosis and liver failure. Developing a customized plan of care for each patient they see is their objective.

Liver Transplant Resources

Dr. Galati has been involved in Liver Transplantation since 1989. As Medical Director for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Galati has cared for thousands of patients with advanced liver disease. In those with the most severe form of advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is a life-saving surgery. For more information on liver transplantation, click here.

Indications for liver transplant include:

Online LIVER Second Opinion

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    From the comfort of your home, without the need to spend additional money on travel, lodging, and food, receive and expert second opinion from the expert physicians at Liver Specialists of Texas

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    There are five steps in the process of requesting a second opinion. We anticipate the steps will take you about 30-65 minutes to complete.

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    Have your medical records or those of your loved one on hand as you fill out the medical history questionnaire portion of the online process. The medical history questionnaire is detailed so having medical records to quickly reference will help make the process more efficient.

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    To start the process of an Online Liver Second Opinion, please fill out the initial contact form and fax back to our office. A representative from our office will call you for additional details.