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Esophageal Center Expert Team

The esophagus, which connects your mouth to your stomach, makes possible many activities that we take for granted when we are healthy. These include swallowing, eating and being able to lie down without having the contents of our stomachs flow back into our throats.

When a disorder of the esophagus occurs, it can cause a variety of complex problems that may affect our ability to eat, swallow, breathe or speak. Organs such as our lungs, ears or sinuses may also be affected.

For all these reasons, the Esophageal Center at Cedars-Sinai uses a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure that every patient is thoroughly evaluated and receives the most appropriate treatment. These experts include:

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Gastrointestinal motility experts
  • Surgeons
  • Oncologists
  • Researchers
  • Nurses
  • Counselors
  • Dietitians
  • Technologists


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Esophageal Program Expert Team

Harmik J. Soukiasian MD

Associate Program Director Thoracic Surgery Residency Program
Associate Director Thoracic Surgery

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John Bray, MD

Gastrointestinal and Diagnostic Radiology Thoracic Surgery

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Miguel Burch, MD

Associate Director of General Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Division of General Surgery Department of Surgery

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Christopher Chang, MD, PhD

Associate Director GI Motility Program

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Marc A. Edelstein, MD

Clinical Chief of Gastroenterology GI Motility Program

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Philip K. Frykman, MD, PhD

Associate Director Pediatric Surgery

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Laith H. Jamil MD

Associate Director Interventional Endoscopy

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Simon K. Lo MD

Director GI Endoscopy
Director Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases Program

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Gil Y. Melmed MD

Director Clinical Trials

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Edward Phillips MD FACS

Director Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center - A Project of Women's Guild
Director Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program

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Mark Pimentel MD FRCPC

Director GI Motility Laboratory
Director GI Motility Program

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Richard Sukov, MD, FACR

Member Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center - A Project of Women's Guild
Member Colorectal Cancer Center

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Stephan R. Targan MD

Director F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute
Director Division of Gastroenterology

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Leo Treyzon MD MS

Gastroenterology Division of Gastroenterology

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