Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders Center

If you can’t swallow correctly, or have an illness affecting the esophagus (the tube connecting the throat with the stomach), this creates other uncomfortable problems. These conditions can be hard to diagnose. Vanderbilt experts help you find answers and relief, even in many cases when previous medications or surgeries haven’t helped. We customize treatment so you can live your best possible life.

Conditions We Treat

We treat all swallowing and esophageal conditions, including:
 

Meet Your Care Team

Christopher D. Lind
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4.9

Christopher D. LindMD

    Esophageal Diseases, Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, General Gastroenterology
Stephanie A. McAbee
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4.7

Stephanie A. McAbeeMD

    Esophageal Diseases, Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, General Gastroenterology
Rishi D. Naik

Rishi D. NaikMD

    Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Dhyanesh A. Patel
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4.9

Dhyanesh A. PatelMD

    Esophageal Diseases, Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Shabnam Sarker
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4.8

Shabnam SarkerMD

    Esophageal Diseases, Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, General Gastroenterology
Michael F. Vaezi
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4.7

Michael F. VaeziPhD, MD, MS

    Esophageal Diseases, Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Gastrointestinal, Nutritional Deficiencies and Weight Loss

Why Choose Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders Center at Vanderbilt

  • Team approach

    You get care customized to your needs because our team includes many different specialists. For people with voice disorders, we work with ear-nose-throat doctors. Pulmonologists help us treat those with asthma and chronic cough. Our NCI-designated cancer center treats cancer of the esophagus. We also refer some patients to our excellent Vanderbilt surgeons.

  • Knowledge and expertise

    We are one of only a handful of clinics in the United States treating rare or complex problems with the esophagus and swallowing. The world’s leading expert on esophageal dysmotility – when food isn’t moving from the throat to the stomach properly – is part of our team.

  • Advanced technology

    Vanderbilt helped develop wireless pH monitoring, which changed how reflux is diagnosed all over the world. We also use other new technologies, including impedance monitoring, high resolution manometry and bile monitoring – all ways to determine what’s happening in your esophagus.

  • Second opinions

    If medication hasn’t helped your reflux or other symptoms, our specialists can review your diagnosis. You may need a different type of treatment, such as surgery.

  • Innovation

    We are at the forefront of science when it comes to diseases involving the esophagus. Our discoveries influence how other doctors and hospitals treat these conditions.

  • Clinical trials

    As part of an academic medical center, we offer access to some of the most promising new approaches being tested in clinical trials. Find a clinical trial

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

 

Location

1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 1660
Nashville, TN 37232