Joy McCann Culverhouse
Center for Swallowing Disorders
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
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
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:
2018 Swallowing Center Volumes:
- Gastroenterologists: 630 patients (60% new)
- Speech pathologists: 696 patients
- High resolution manometry: 837
- pH testing, impedance and Bravo: 354
- Timed barium esophagram: 582
- Modified barium swallow with esophageal sweep: 561
|Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)|
|GERD and its complications|
|Complex esophageal and pharyngeal strictures|
|Problems after Nissen fundoplication and Heller myotomy|
|Oropharyngeal dysphagia as caused by: stroke, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease (PD) muscle and nerve disorders that interfere with normal swallowing, post surgical swallow complications, head and neck cancer, respiratory disease.|