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Vanderbilt Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders Center

Director: Michael F. Vaezi, M.D., Ph.D., M.S. (epi)

The Vanderbilt Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders Center offers a comprehensive program to treat swallowing and esophageal disorders, including Barrett’s esophagus. Gastroenterologists, radiologists, pulmonary and ENT physicians, voice specialists, speech therapists and general and thoracic surgeons provide a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.

The center uses the latest technology to assess patients’ symptoms and provide appropriate therapies. New technologies include wireless pH monitoring, impedance monitoring, high resolution manometry and bilitec bile monitoring. Vanderbilt is currently conducting multiple studies in the area o extraesophageal reflux disease as well as studies assessing clinical utility of diagnostic testing in esophageal diseases.

Patients with symptoms like heartburn, regurgitation, asthma, chronic cough, voice disorders and throat problems are evaluated for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or swallowing difficulties. Our experts identify and treat those at higher risk for Barrett’s esophagus. If esophageal cancer is detected, we offer improved care due to prompt disease recognition and state-of-the-art treatments.