Joel E. Richter, MD

Director's Welcome

I would like to welcome you to the Center for Swallowing Disorders at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Our nationally-renowned physicians are known for their expertise in

  • diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
  • complex esophageal disorders
  • gastrointestinal motility disorders, nutritional support
  • achalasia and eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

Our highly skilled and specialized Speech Pathologists are known for their expertise in

  • evaluation and treatment of oropharyngeal swallowing disorders
  • evaluation and treatment of voice disorders

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the wide range of services that we uniquely provide. Our helpful staff will be happy to answer any question you may have.


Joel E Richter, MD, FACP, MACG
Professor of Medicine
Hugh F. Culverhouse Chair for Esophagology
Director, Division of Digestive Diseases & Nutrition
Director, Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders

About Us

We Manage

The Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders is located at USF on the 6th floor of the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare. This Academic University Center of Excellence offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and evidence based approach to the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders.

Our Center physician consultants are board-certified gastroenterologists who specialize in disorders of swallowing and esophageal diseases (esophagology). Our professional staff also includes two full-time Speech Pathologists who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of oropharyngeal swallowing and voice disorders. We work closely with our surgical and advanced endoscopist colleagues and meet weekly as a team to discuss cases and work to provide a multidisciplinary approach to your care.

Our staff includes two licensed practical nurses (LPN), and a medical assistant. We have dedicated support staff including a clinical administrative secretary and a senior administrative assistant. We manage difficult, complex, and unusual swallowing disorders on a consultative basis.

At the Swallow Center we pride ourselves on maintaining the most current clinical practice with active research protocols on many of these diseases. Please ask about our current research protocols.

We are continually serving patients across the Southeaster United States.