Tisha N. Lunsford, M.D.


  1. Phoenix, Arizona



Tisha Lunsford M.D., is a gastroenterologist with specialty interest and expertise in disorders of gastrointestinal motility such as impaired movement, emptying or pain of the esophagus, stomach, small intestines or colon.

  • Comprehensive management of patients with functional bowel disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation, Diarrhea, Bloating, Functional Dyspepsia, Chronic Nausea and Vomiting, Abdominal Pain and other GI disorders.
  • Comprehensive management and integrated treatment approach for GI conditions in the context of important coexisting illnesses such as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Diabetes, Celiac Disease and Joint Hypermobility Syndromes.
  • Comprehensive management of patients with Fecal Incontinence.

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Lunsford is active in research and medical education and training and has served in key roles in graduate and undergraduate medical education in both digestive diseases and in culinary medicine (expertise in the role that diet, macro- and micronutrients play in digestive health and disease). Her research interests include assessing the mind-gut connection and exploring the role that medical, psychological, lifestyle and dietary interventions have in alleviating symptoms.

Dr. Lunsford is Director of the Motility Interest Group at Mayo Clinic Arizona.

  1. Anorectal abnormality
  2. Functional bowel disorder
  1. Anorectal function testing
  2. Endoscopic procedure
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Fecal incontinence
  • GI manifestations of POTS
  1. 2003
    Fellowship - Gastroenterology and HepatologyUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  2. 2000
    Residency - Internal MedicineUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  3. 1998
    Internship - Internal MedicineUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  4. 1997
    MDUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  5. 1993
    BA - English LiteratureUniversity of Illinois at Chicago


  1. 2003
    GastroenterologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 2000
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2017
    President's Council AwardUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  2. 2015
    Teacher of the YearDivision of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  3. 2014
    Education AwardUniversity of Texas School of Medicine
  4. 2014
    Best Doctors of Alamo City - San Antonio, TXBest Doctors
  5. 2014
    FellowAmerican Gastroenterological Association
  6. 2013
    FellowAmerican College of Gastroenterology
  7. 2003
    Clinical Research Award for "Treatment of Fecal Incontinence: Biofeedback Compared with Secca-A Pilot Study"American College of Gastroenterology
  8. 1993
    Summa Cum Laude with Honors and Highest DistinctionUniversity of Illinois

Professional memberships

  1. 2016
    DeveloperCooking for Diabetes: A Laredo Community Outreach Class, Division of Cardiology, University of Texas Laredo
  2. 2014 - 2017
    MemberSOM Curriculum Committee, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  3. 2014 - present
    MemberSan Antonio Chapter, Fraternity Alumnae Association, Chi Omega Society
  4. 2014 - 2018
    ChairGI Program Evaluation Committee, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  5. 2013 - 2017
    MemberTeam-Based Learning Collaborative
  6. 2012 - 2018
    Program DirectorGastroenterology Fellowship, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  7. 2011 - 2018
    MemberSpeakers Bureau, Cancer Treatment and Research Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  8. 2009 - 2010
    MemberQuality & Process Improvement Committee - Arizona, Executive Operations Team - Arizona, Mayo Clinic Arizona Committees
  9. 2009 - 2010
    MemberInternal Medicine Administrative Committee, Mayo Clinic Arizona Committees
  10. 2009 - 2010
    Associate ChairQuality and Safety, Department of Internal Medicine
  11. 2005 - 2010
    OrganizerGastroenterology Outreach to Women's Health, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine
  12. 2004 - present
    ReviewerAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  13. 2004 - present
    MemberAmerican Motility Association
  14. 2003 - present
    MemberPhoenix Society of Gastroenterology
  15. 2003 - present
    MemberArizona Medical Association
  16. 2000 - present
    MemberAmerican Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  17. 2000 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Gastroenterology
  18. 2000 - present
    MemberAmerican Gastroenterological Association
  19. 2000 - present
    FellowAmerican Gastroenterological Association
  20. 1992 - present
    MemberPhi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  21. 1991 - 1993
    MemberStudent Ambassadors, University of Illinois
  22. 1990 - 1993
    MemberBaptist Student Union
  23. 1988 - present
    MemberChi Omega Society