Esophageal Diseases

Robert T. Kavitt, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Center for Esophageal Diseases with Donna Nozicka, RN, BSN

A Center Dedicated to Esophageal Disorders

The University of Chicago Medicine's Center for Esophageal Diseases is one of the few centers in the nation solely dedicated to diagnosing and treating esophageal disorders. Our patients benefit from advanced treatments, leading-edge technology and a level of experience and innovation only available at a handful of other leading medical centers in the world. You can trust that your care is being guided by top GI doctors who are dedicated to tailoring esophageal treatment to meet your needs. 

What We Treat

Our team approach means patients benefit from the combined expertise of physicians who have the knowledge and perspective to address all aspects of esophageal disease.

Dedicated to Esophageal Care 

As one of the few centers in the U.S. dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal disorders, our Center for Esophageal Diseases brings together nationally and internationally recognized clinicians and researchers in a variety of related disciplines to provide patients with advanced options, resources, experience and innovation.

Treatment Designed for You

We ensure your care is personalized for your unique circumstances and needs. Our gastroenterologists work hand-in-hand with our GI surgeons to coordinate diagnosis and treatment for even the most complex disorders. As a result, our outcomes are considered a model for outstanding patient care. Our surgeons take a team approach to the management of all esophageal conditions and work closely with other esophageal care experts as part of the Center for Esophageal Diseases.

Anti-Reflux Surgery: A Patient Success Story

Musician Michael Meadows came to UChicago Medicine to treat his acid reflux. Dr. Yalini Vigneswaran came up with a plan to treat more than just his acid reflux so he could return to the stage.

Eating Again After Achalasia

Eating and drinking became increasingly difficult for Dorian Brantley. Gastroenterologists diagnosed achalasia — a rare digestive disorder that affects the muscles between the esophagus and the stomach. Brantley had a peroral endoscopic myotomy to correct the problem. Now, she is back to enjoying all her favorite foods again.
Dorian Brantley, University of Chicago patient and UChicago Medicine nurse, eating pizza again after her achalasia surgery
US News and World Report 2023-24 Badge for Gastroenterology

Nationally Ranked in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

According to U.S. News & World Report's 2023-24 Rankings

Newsweek world best hospital gastroenterology

World's Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology

Newsweek ranked UChicago Medicine as one of top 50 best hospitals in the world for gastroenterology care.

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Traveling to Receive Care?

Destination UChicago Medicine is a new program providing concierge services for patients traveling from beyond our service areas for gastrointestinal care.