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Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders

The Center is located on the 6th floor of the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare building. It offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders. Our healthcare team is dedicated to providing the most accurate diagnosis, medical advice and/or treatment for swallowing problems.

Our Center physician consultants are board-certified 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 (ARNP), 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, Barrett esophagus, complex esophageal strictures, esophageal cancer, hypopharyngeal strictures, strokes and other muscle and nerve disorders that interfere with normal swallowing. The highly specialized technique of pharyngo-esophageal lumen restoration has been performed for over a decade by our staff.

Some of the special diagnostic tests provided by the Center include: endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), 24-hour pH testing, esophageal manometry, esophageal impedance, and the new technique of manofluoroscopy (simultaneous observation of pressure tracing and barium swallow study).

Collaborative consultative services can be arranged as needed onsite for patients with swallowing disorders by other consultants in radiology, neurology, otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), and swallowing rehabilitation.

For more details on our center and services, please visit the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders website.