Meet our staff

Kenneth D. Fine, M.D. 

Dr. FineDr. Fine, an internationally renowned intestinal researcher, heads the Intestinal Health Institute. Curriculum Vitae

After obtaining his bachelor's degree in biology and his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Dr. Fine received 6 years of training in internal medicine and gastroenterology with a focus on intestinal research, from Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas. Dr. Fine has been part of Dallas' academic and clinical medical community for 15 years, holding staff positions at both Baylor University Medical Center and the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School. His medical research publications have appeared in prestigious medical journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, and The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

"Among many important factors, I believe that maintenance of overall health requires intestinal health, as well as sound nutrition through consumption of naturally healthy foods. I founded the intestinal health institute to be sure that the benefits of my medical research in the area of nutrition, gluten and other food sensitivity, and inflammatory bowel disease, particularly microscopic colitis, a disease ignored by other public service organizations dealing with colitis, are made available directly to the people that need it most: those suffering from or potentially at risk for these disorders. Because many people and physicians are not aware of the genetic and environmental risk factors for these problems, and for the higher than expected prevalence, education and public service are at the core of our mission. When my time on earth is through, I want to feel that I fulfilled my personal mission as one who worked for the good, and good health of others." 

Frederick Ogunji, Ph.D. 

Dr. Fredrick OgunjiDr. Ogunji, an immunologist with more than 20 years of experience, is the head of research and development for the institute, and supervises the research laboratory. 

Dr. Ogunji has worked in microbiology and HLA genetic laboratories at the Universities of Florida and Minnesota, before coming to Texas to assume the job as supervisor of the Gastrointestinal Physiology Laboratory at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas in 1996. He has been the Laboratory Technical Director of EnteroLab since its inception in April 2000, where he has assisted Dr. Fine in development of the tests for the assessment of gluten and other food sensitivities, and for the assessment of chronic diarrhea and colitis offered by this referral laboratory. (www.enterolab.com

Phyllis Zermeno, R.N., BS.N. 

Dr. Phyllis ZermenoMrs. Zermeno is a nurse with hospital and office work experience, most recently in allergy-immunology. She has come to the IHI to direct office operations, head our clinical client care center, and manage research data.