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.
Some of the special diagnostic tests provided by the Center include: endoscopic ultrasonography, pH testing (Bravo 48 hr capsule, impedance - pH), high resolution manometry, and the new technique of manofluoroscopy (simultaneous observation of pressure tracing and barium swallow study).
Related consultative services are also available as needed for patients with swallowing disorders by: radiology, neurology, otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), allergy, pulmonary and swallowing rehabilitation.
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