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. He received his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. He completed his internship at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He 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, he 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. He was named to the Best Doctors in America for gastroenterology multiple times.
Dr. Richter is the author or coauthor of more than 325 original papers, 140 editorials/reviews, 15 books, and 116 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 and eosinophilic esophagitis.
John Jacobs, MD, is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Joining the faculty in September 2014, he is also the Associate Director of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, and the Director of Gastroenterology Clinic at USF. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame, graduating magna cum laude. He graduated medical school from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and he completed his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He then went on to complete his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Indiana University. He has been named to the Best Doctors in America for gastroenterology. Dr. Jacobs' clinical practice emphasizes all aspects of esophagology, and he has a particular focus on gastroesophageal reflux disease and complex esophageal disease including achalasia, esophageal strictures, eosinophilic esophagitis, esophageal dysmotility, connective tissue diseases, and other disorders that interfere with normal swallowing. Dr. Jacobs is the author or coauthor of numerous original papers and textbook chapters, including the upcoming introductory chapter in the 6th edition of The Esophagus. His research interests focus on gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia, esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction, and eosinophilic esophagitis, with an emphasis on treatment outcomes and quality of life. Dr. Jacobs is also actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. He lectures at the USF Morsani College of Medicine and also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship at USF.
GI Procedures and Volume 2019-2020
High-resolution manometry: 1760
Impedance pH testing: 443
Bravo ambulatory pH testing: 222
Esophageal dilation: 546
Pneumatic dilation for achalasia: 87
Swallowing evaluation: 549
Modified barium swallows: 820
Dr. Vic Velanovich completed his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago, graduating with honors in the biological sciences. He completed medical school at Wayne State University, graduating with a “Distinction in Biomedical Research.” Having had a military scholarship for medical school, he completed his general surgery residency in the Army, receiving the Joseph H. Baugh Resident’s Award from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He was staff surgeon at Fort Knox, Kentucky and completed his military obligation in 1996. He became staff surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital, where he was Division Head of General Surgery and Professor of Surgery (Clinician Educator) at Wayne State University. In 2011, he moved to Tampa to become Director of General Surgery, Professor of Surgery, the Vivian Clark Reeves/Joy McCann Culverhouse Endowed Chair for Pancreatic Cancer and Digestive Disorders, and faculty at the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders at the University of South Florida. His clinical practice is general surgery, with an emphasis on the foregut and pancreas. His research interests focuses on diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and minimally invasive surgery, with emphasis on quality of life and outcomes. He has participated in both single center and multi-institutional clinical trials, including those related to pancreatic surgery. He has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 16 book chapters. He presently serves as the Program Chair for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He has served as peer-reviewer for numerous journals, and presently serves on the editorial boards of the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathology, and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.
Adham R. Saad, MD, FACS, is a board certified general surgeon with advanced training in Minimally Invasive GI surgery. He graduated with honors at Austin College in Texas. His medical school training was at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He then completed his General Surgery residency training and research fellowship in Thoracic surgery at University of Texas Health in San Antonio. After residency, he practiced as a General Surgeon in Guam for almost five years. Following his time in Guam, he completed a Fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive GI and Bariatric Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined our team as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida and faculty at the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders in October 2017. His clinical interests include benign and malignant diseases of the Upper GI tract and Abdominal Wall Hernias. He performs Minimally Invasive (Robotic, Laparoscopic, and Endoscopic) surgeries for treatment of hiatal (and paraesophageal) hernia, achalasia, and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). He also serves as Director of the University of South Florida Hernia Center. Dr. Saad prides himself on training future surgeons and serves as the Associate Program Director for both the General Surgery Residency Program and the Advanced GI and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship. He has been awarded the Medical School Teaching award two out of his three years at the University of South Florida. He is well published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. He is a member of Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) , Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
Surgical Procedures and Volume 2019-2020
Gastrectomy (partial/total): 34
Zenker’s diverticulectomy and CD myotomy
— Open: 10
— Endoscopic - POEM: 11
Laparoscopic/open Nissen/Toupet fundoplication: 86
Recurrent hiatal hernia repair: 73
LINX placement: 47
Paraesophageal hernia repair: 79
Laparoscopic / open Heller myotomy for achalasia: 84
POEM for achalasia: 31
Revision Heller myotomy: 15
Epiphrenic diverticulectomy with myotomy: 6
Per-oral pyloromyotomy (GPOEM): 20
Collis gastroplasty: 4
RFA Ablation: 52