Joy McCann Culverhouse
Center for Swallowing Disorders

The Center is located at the University of South Florida new Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care and offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders. Our health care team is dedicated to providing the most accurate diagnosis, medical advice and/or treatment for swallowing problems. Our Center physician consultants are gastroenterologists who specialize in disorders of swallowing and esophageal diseases (esophagology). Our professional staff also includes a full-time Speech Pathologist who specializes in evaluation and treatment of oropharyngeal swallowing disorders. She is also a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Our staff also includes an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, a Registered Nurse, a Senior Administrative Assistant, an Appointment Secretary, a Medical Assistant, an Administrative Secretary and a Research Assistant.

Our Swallowing Center is oriented to manage difficult, complex or unusual swallowing disorders on a consultative basis such as: achalasia, eosinophilic esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, complicated GERD with chest pain, ENT or lung problems, complex esophageal strictures, esophageal cancer, strokes and other muscle and nerve disorders that interfere with normal swallowing as well as problems after Nissen fundiplications and Heller myotomy. The highly specialized technique of pharyngoesophageal lumen restoration has been performed for over a decade by our staff. We have more experience with achalasia and pneumatic dilation than any Center in the southeast USA.

Special diagnostic tests and procedures:

  • dilation of complicated esophageal strictures with bougies and balloons
  • pneumatic dilation for achalasia
  • esophageal ph testing
    • Bravo 48 hr capsule
    • transnasal impedance-pH catheter for non-acid reflux
  • high resolution manometry
  • modified barium swallow with speech pathologist with barium fluoroscopy to assess swallowing function
  • fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing


Related consultative services are also available as needed for patients with swallowing disorders by:

  • radiology
  • neurology
  • otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat)
  • allergy
  • pulmonary
  • swallowing rehabilitation

For patients who may need assistance with long-distance travel to our Center, please refer to the links section in the navigation menu.

Patient Appointment Line

(813) 974-3374

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