Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders

H. Worth Boyce, MD, MS

Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Radiology


Department of Internal Medicine
University of South Florida College of Medicine
12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, MDC Box 72
Tampa, Florida 33612

Office: (813) 974-3374
Fax: (813) 974-7031

Abbreviated Biography

Dr. Boyce, is the Founding Director of the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Esophageal and Swallowing Disorders and Professor of Medicine and Radiology. He is an internationally recognized esophagologist who graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and also completed a Master of Science at Baylor Postgraduate School. Dr. Boyce served in the United States Army for 20 years and served for 9 years as Chief of Gastroenterology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. From 1973 to 1974 he served as President of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He was Founding Director of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the University of South Florida from 1975 to 1990.  He established and became director of the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders in 1987. In 1991 he was appointed as the initial incumbent of the Hugh F. Culverhouse Endowed Chair for Esophageal Disorders.  Dr. Boyce was also the first President of the Medical Staff of Moffitt Cancer Center from 1987-89.  From 1991-1994 he served as the President of the 8th World Congress of Endoscopy.

Dr. Boyce has authored 220 publications in the form of journal articles, abstracts, books, and chapters in books. He has directed 33 postgraduate education courses for practicing gastroenterologists.

Current Research:

  • Boyce HW Jr.  Endoscopic lumen restoration for aphagia.
  • Boyce HW Jr. The clinical spectrum of ringed esophageal stricture and eosinophilic esophagitis.
  • Boyce HW Jr. The relationship of hiatal hernia to complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease (Barrett esophagus and strictures).
  • Management techniques for complex esophageal strictures.
  • Prevalence of hiatal hernia and Barrett esophagus in achalasia.
  • Recognition and therapy of ischemic esophagitis and stricture.

Recent Publications:

Kochman ML, McClave SA, Boyce HW. The Refractory and the Recurrent Esophageal Stricture: A Definition. Gastrointest Endosc. 2005 Sep;62(3):474-475.

Boyce HW. Dilation of Difficult Benign Esophageal Strictures. Am J Gastroenterol. 2005 Apr;100(4):744-745.

Boyce HW, Bakheet MR. Sialorrhea: A Review of a Vexing, Often Unrecognized Sign of Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Disease. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2005 Feb;39(2):89-97. Review.

Bloomston M, Durkin A, Boyce HW, Johnson M, Rosemurgy AS: Late Follow-up After Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy: Early Results Do Not Necessarily Predict Long-Term Outcome. Am J Surg 2004; 187:403-407.

Boyce HW. Barrett esophagus: Endoscopic Findings and What to Biopsy. J Clin Gastro 2003;36(Suppl. 1):S6-S18.

Bloomston M, Fraiji E, Boyce HW, Gonzalvo A, Johnson M, Rosemurgy AS. Preoperative Intervention Does Not Impact Esophageal Muscle Histology or Patient Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy. J Gastrointest Surg 2003;7(2):181-8; discussion 188-190.

Theodoropoulos DS, Percoraro DL, Lockey RF, Boyce HW Jr., Bukantz SC. Visceral Sensitivity in Gastroesophageal Reflux. Dig Dis Sci. 2002 Nov;47(11):2554-2564.

Boyce HW: Endoscopic Diagnosis and Classification of Reflux Esophagitis: Are We There Yet? Gastrointest Endosc 2002:56(5);775.

Bloomston M, Serafini F, Boyce HW, Rosemurgy AS. The "Learning Curve" in Videoendoscopic Heller Myotomy. Jnl Society Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 2002;6:41-47.

Theodoropolus DS, Ledford DK, Lockey RF, Pecoraro DL, Rodriguez, Johnson MC, Boyce HW. Prevalence of Upper Respiratory Symptoms in Patients With Symptomatic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2001;164:72-76.

Boyce HW. Behavior in The Endoscopy Room. Gastrointest Endosc. 2001 Jan;53(1):133-136.