Richard A. Erickson, MD

Scott & White Healthcare

Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine

Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

Patient Care Emphasis
Bile Duct Stones, Colonoscopy, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration, Endoscopy, Pancreatic Cancer & Other Tumors or Masses, Pancreatic Pseudocyst, Pancreaticobiliary Disease

Board Certification
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Gastroenterology
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Scott & White Appointment
    April 3, 1995

  • University of California, San Diego, CA, MD, 1978
  • University of California, Irvine, CA, BS, 1974

  • Specialty Training
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of California, San Diego, CA

  • Faculty Rank - Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
    Professor of Internal Medicine

    Publications and Research
  • Erickson RA. EUS-guided FNA. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; 60[2]:267-279.
  • Sears D, Erickson RA, Sayage-Rabie L, Escobar MC. TGF-beta and p53 staining in CT-guided and endoscopic ultrasound fine-needle aspirates of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Digestive Diseases and Sciences; 49[5]:828-832.
  • Erickson RA. Endoscopic diagnosis and staging: endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. In: Evans DB, Pisters PWT, Abbruzzese JL, eds. PANCREATIC CANCER. N.Y.: Springer;97-114.Ref ID: 700
  • Erickson RA, Carlson B. The role of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography in patients with laparoscopic cholecystectomies. Gastroenterology; 109[1]:252-263.
  • Erickson RA. Linear array endosonography: normal EUS anatomy. In: Gress FG, Bhattacharya I, eds. Endoscopic Ultrasonography. Malden: Blackwell Science, Inc., 58-68. Ref ID: 2004.
  • Erickson RA, Garza AA. EUS with EUS-guided fine-needle aspiration as the first endoscopic test for the evaluation of obstructive jaundice. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; 53[4]:475-484.
  • Rimmer DE, Jr., Erickson RA. Plexosarcoma: endoscopic ultrasound and electron-microscopic characteristics of a stromal tumor. American Journal of Gastroenterology; 96[3]:906-909.
  • Erickson RA, Sayage-Rabie L, Beissner RS. Factors predicting the number of EUS-guided fine-needle passes for diagnosis of pancreatic malignancies. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; 51[2]:184-190.
  • Erickson RA, Tretjak Z. Clinical utility of endoscopic ultrasound and endscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration in retroperitoneal neoplasms. American Journal of Gastroenterology; 95[5]:1188-1194.
  • Erickson RA, Garza AA. Impact of endoscopic ultrasound on the management and outcome of pancreatic carcinoma. American Journal of Gastroenterology; 95[9]:2248-2254.
  • Prasad VM, Erickson RA, Contreras ED, Panelli F. Spontaneous candida mediastinitis diagnosed by endoscopic ultrasound-guided, fine-needle aspiration. American Journal of Gastroenterology; 95[4]:1072-1075.
  • Suits J, Frazee RC, Erickson RA. Endoscopic ultrasound and fine needle aspiration for the evaluation of pancreatic masses. Archives of Surgery; 134[6]:639-642.
  • Erickson RA. Endoscopic ultrasonography: a new diagnostic imaging modality. American Family Physician; 55[6]:2219-2228.
  • Erickson RA, Sayage-Rabie L, Avots-Avotins A. Clinical utility of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration. Acta Cytologica; 41[6]:1647-1653.
  • Frazee RC, Singh H, Erickson RA. Endoscopic ultrasound for peripancreatic masses. American Journal of Surgery; 174[6]:596-598.
  • Chang KJ, Erickson RA, Chak A, Lightdale C, Chen YK, Binmoeller KF, Albers GC, Chen W-P, McLaren CE, Sivak MV, Lee JG, Isenberg GA, Wong RCK. Endoscopic Ultrasound compared with Endoscopy plus Transabdominal Ultrasound in the initial work-up of patients with upper abdominal pain. Gastrointest Endosc 2010;72:967-74.
  • Vu DH, Erickson RA. Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration with Aspirate Assay to Diagnose Suspected Mediastinal Parathyroid Adenomas. Endocr Pract. 2009 Nov 26:1-14.
  • Singh P, Mukhopadhyay P, Bhatt B, Patel T, Kiss A, Gupta R, Bhat S, Erickson RA. Endoscopic Ultrasound versus CT scan for Detection of the Metastases to the Liver - Results of a Prospective Comparative Study. J Clinical Gastroenterology 2009;43:367-73.
  • Singh P, Erickson RA, Mukhopadhyay P, Jadhav Y, Gopal S, Kiss A, Khan A, Westblom TU. Endoscopy Ultrasound for Detection of the Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Results of a Prospective Study. Gastrointest Endosc 2007;66:265-73.
  • Singh P, Camazine B, Jadhav Y, Gupta R, Mukhopadhyay P, Khan A, Reddy R, Zheng Q, Khode R, Bhatt B, Bhat S, Yaqub Y, Shah R, Sharma A, Erickson RA. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) as a first test for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer-prospective study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2007;175:345-354.
  • Sing J, Erickson RA, Fader R. An In-Vitro Analysis of Microbial Transmission During Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration and the Utility of Sterilization Agents. Gastrointest Endosc 2006;63:774-779.
  • Hart B, Erickson R, LeBlanc C, Hix-Hernandez S, Shabahang M. Adenocarcinoma of the distal pancreas presenting as an intrathoracic mass. Current Surg 2006;63:330-333.
  • Maheshwari S, Erickson RA. Endosonographic Evaluation Case of Esophageal Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. Visible Human Journal of Endosonography. 2005;2 (Issue 4) electronic journal @
  • Eloubeidi MA, Savides TJ, Kochman ML, Ahmad NA, Ginsberg GG, Erickson RA, Dewitt JO, Van Dam J, Nickl NJ, Wiersema MJ, Levy MJ, Clain JE, Chak A, Sivak Jr MV., Wong R, Isenberg G, Scheiman JM, Bounds B, Kimmey MB, Saunders MD, Chang KJ, Sharma A, Nguyen P, Lee JG, Edmundowicz SA, Early D, Azar R, Etemad B, Chen YK, Waxman I, Shami V, Gress F, Catalano MF, Wilcox CM. Acute Pancreatitis after EUS-guided FNA of solid pancreatic masses: a pooled analysis from EUS centers in the United States. Gastrointest Endosc. 2004 Sep;60(3):385-389.
  • Erickson RA. ERCP and pancreatic cancer. Ann Surg Onc 2004:11;555-7.
  • 29, Erickson RA. Normal Linear Anatomy. In: Gress F, Savides T eds. Endoscopic Ultrasonography. Oxford, UK. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2009:42-48.
  • Erickson RA. Editorial: EUS-guided pancreaticogastrostomy: invasive endosonography coming of age. Gastrointestinal Endosc 2007;65:231-232.
  • Erickson RA. Editorial: 623Hot Stuff766 982 Endoscopic ultrasound-guided brachytherapy. Gastrointest Endosc 2005;62:808-10.
  • Erickson RA. Endoscopic Staging: EUS, ERCP. In: Von Hoff DD, Evans DB, Hruban RH. eds. Pancreatic Cancer. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2005 pp.181-199.
  • Erickson RA. Endoscopic ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration of the pancreas. Visible human Journal of Endosonography. 2002;1 (Issue 4) electronic journal @
  • Chang KJ, Erickson RA, Chak A, Lightdale C, Chen YK, Binmoeller KF, Albers GC, Chen W-P, McLaren CE, Sivak MV, Lee JG, Isenberg GA, Wong RCK. Endoscopic Ultrasound compared with Endoscopy plus Transabdominal Ultrasound in the initial work-up of patients with upper abdominal pain. Gastrointest Endosc 2010;72:967-74.
  • Hecht JR, Farrell JJ, Senzer N, Nemunaitis J, Rosemurgy A, Chung T, Hanna N, Vogel S, Chang KJ, Javle M, Posner M, Waxman I, Reid A, Erickson R, Canto M. M.D., Chak A, Blatner G, MS, Kovacevic M, Thornton M. EUS or percutaneously guided intratumoral TNFerade biologic with 5-fluorouracil and radiotherapy for first-line treatment of locally advanced pancreatic cancer: a phase I/II study. Gastrointest Endosc 2012;75:332-8.
  • Erickson RA, Sing JT. Pancreatic EUS Anatomy. In: Gress F, Savides T, Bounds B, Deutsch J eds. Atlas of EndoscopicUltrasonography," Wiley Publishers, 2012:24-28
  • 4th Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology Updates: EUS for Pancreatic Lumps and Bumps: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. September 8, 2012, Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas
  • 3rd Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology Updates: EUS Potpourri September 17, 2011, Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas
  • Society of Surgical Oncology 64th Annual Cancer Symposium: HPB Malignancies - Role of EUS March 2, 2011, San Antonio, TX
  • 2nd Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology Updates: Approaching Cystic Pancreatic Lesions September 11, 2010, Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: State of the Art Lecture – EUS 2009: Digestive Disease Week, June 2, 2009 Chicago, Illinois.

  • Awards and Honors
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Best Doctors in America, 2013
  • "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2008-2014
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Audiovisual Award, 1996

  • Professional Memberships
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
  • Fellow,, American Gastroenterological Association, 2006
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology

  • Languages Spoken

    Teaching the Bible, enjoying my grandchildren, golf, reading, books/magazines/the internet or watching t.v./movies on religion, science, history, politics and science fiction


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