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Liver Specialists of Texas provides a wide range of specialized care to patients with digestive and liver disorders. Dr. Joseph S. Galati has been practicing in the Texas Medical Center since 1994.

Our main office, located in Scurlock Tower, a 4566 square foot facility, with a spacious waiting room, 7 examinations rooms, a patient/family education classroom, and physician consultation offices. Our warm receptive staff is available for all of your needs. At this location, all of the outpatient consultations take place. Detailed medical histories are obtained along with a thorough physical examination. Prior medical records are reviewed by the physicians, as well as previously performed x-rays  and liver biopsies if previously performed. When necessary, these x-rays and biopsies are reviewed directly with the patient. A full report to your referring physician is dictated immediately once the visit is complete. For foreign visitors, a wide range of interpreter services is available.

Abdominal ultrasounds are performed at this location, a common procedure in patients with liver and digestive disorders.

Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is available daily to assist our patients and clients with a variety of nutrition needs, including (but not limited to) weight management, fatty liver disease, GI disorders, diabetes, heart disease, or any other metabolic conditions or general nutrition concerns.

Patients that require hospitalization for more complicated problems are admitted exclusively to The Methodist Hospital, located directly across Fannin Street, and attached to ScurlockTower.The Methodist Hospital is one of the finest hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, and home of the world-renowned DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center. The Methodist Hospital is consistently listed in U.S. News and World Report as one of the leading hospital in the country. A superb staff of specialists’ practice at The Methodist Hospital, assisting in the care of our liver patients when called upon.

Patients that require outpatient endoscopic procedures have them performed at Texas International Endoscopy Center. Here, day surgeries are performed including liver biopsies, upper endoscopies, and colonoscopies. The caring nursing staff of TIEC makes your brief visit enjoyable, in a caring and respectful manner. TIEC's phone number is 713-520-8432. They are located in the Baylor Clinic Building at 6620 Main Street, Suite 1500 (15th Floor).

The comprehensive care we provide includes the following disorders and services:



Viral hepatitis

Liver Biopsy

Hepatitis C


Hepatitis B

Upper Endoscopy


Banding of Esophageal Varicies

Portal Hypertension

Liver Transplantation

Gastrointestinal bleeding


Liver Cancer


Hemochromatosis/Iron Overload


Liver Failure



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.