Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders

Physicians and Providers

Joel E. Richter, M.D. - Faculty

Joel E. Richter, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chair for Esophagology
University of South Florida
Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
Director for Swallowing Disorders

Joel E. Richter, MD, is currently Professor of Medicine and the Hugh F. Culverhouse Chair for Esophagology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  Joining the faculty in September 2011, he is also Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition and Director, Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders.  Dr. Richter received his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas and completed his internship at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Richter went on to complete his residency in medicine and fellowship in medicine (gastroenterology) at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  Among past academic appointments, Dr. Richter was chairman, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, for 10 years and Chairman of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA for 7 years.

Dr. Richter is past president of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and served as director, ACG, Institute for Clinical Research and Education from 1995 to 2004.  He is the recipient of several awards for his work in digestive diseases, including the Berk/Fise Lifetime Clinical Achievement Award from ACG, Joseph B. Kirsner Award in Gastroenterology (2000), the Janssen Award in Gastroenterology for Clinical Research in Digestive Diseases (2001), and The Samuel Weiss Award for Outstanding Service to the ACG (2001).  From 2002 to 2003, Dr. Richter served as president of the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus.  He was co-editor in chief for the American Journal of Gastroenterology from 2003-2009 and named to the Best Doctors in America for gastroenterology multiple times.

Dr. Richter is the author or coauthor of more than 290 original papers, 121 editorials/reviews, 11 books, and 109 book chapters. He and Don Castell are the editors of the new 5th Edition of The Esophagus.  His research interests include gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia, Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal chest pain, eosinophilic esophagitis, esophageal problems causing breathing and ear, nose, throat complaints, and post-fundoplication problems.He will be seeing his patients in the Morsani Center for Swallowing Disorders and the Endoscopy Center.

David S. Estores, Jr., M.D. - Faculty

Victor Velanovich, M.D. - Faculty

Joy E. Gaziano, M.A., CCC/SLP, BRS-S - Faculty

H. Worth Boyce, M.D. - Faculty - Retired