Maria Rita Lepe-Suastegui, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in liver transplantation; autoimmune liver disease; liver disease in young adults; fatty liver disease; and health care disparities in liver disease among minority populations, particularly Latino patients.

Dr. Lepe-Suastegui earned her medical degree at Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Finch University of Health Sciences in North Chicago, Illinois, and a fellowship in digestive and liver diseases at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in transplant hepatology, gastroenterology, and internal medicine, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2022.

Dr. Lepe-Suastegui serves on the American Liver Foundation's Medical Advisory Committee. She’s a member of numerous professional associations, including the National Hispanic Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the North Texas Latin American Physicians Association.

She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles related to her areas of expertise and is fluent in Spanish.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (2000-2004), Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases
  • Residency - Finch University of Health Sciences-Chicago Medical School (1997-2000), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Autonomous University of Guadalajara Medical School (1989-1994)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Medical Women’s Association
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • North Texas Latin American Physicians Association
  • Texas Medical Association
Honors & Awards
  • Latino Leaders Maestro Award 2010
  • Young Investigator Award 2004, American Liver Foundation
  • Advanced Fellow Award 2003, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award 2000, National Institutes of Health
Books & Publications
  • Books
    • Junior has Fatty Liver?
      Lepe Rita and Gabriel Trosman (2022), iUniverse
    • My Daddy Has Cirrhosis
      Lepe Rita and Gabriel Trosman (2021), iUniverse

Clinical Focus

  • Autoimmune liver disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Health care disparities in liver disease, particularly among Latino patients
  • Liver disease in young adults
  • Liver Transplantation

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