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

Many of the physicians who have medical staff privileges to practice medicine at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are independent physicians, and not employees or agents of the hospital. These independent physicians bill separately for their services. You should contact your physician to determine their status and billing practices.


Expert Team

Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD

Chief Division of Thoracic Surgery
Associate Director Cardiothoracic Residency

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John Bray, MD

Radiology

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Miguel Burch, MD

Associate Director Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Marc A. Edelstein, MD, FACP, FACG

Clinical Chief Department of Medicine

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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 Service

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Simon K. Lo, MD

Director Endoscopy Service
Director Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases Program

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Gil Y. Melmed, MD

Director Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Director Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship Program

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Edward Phillips, MD, FACS

Co-Director Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program
Co-Medical Director Center for Weight Loss

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Mark Pimentel, MD

Associate Professor Medicine
Director GI Motility Program

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Daniel Shouhed, MD

General Surgery

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Edy Soffer, MD

Co-Director GI Motility Laboratory

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Richard Sukov, MD

Radiology

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Stephan R. Targan, MD

Director Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Director F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute

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Leo Treyzon, MD

Gastroenterology

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