Esophageal Diseases Center

The mission of the Center is to enable collaboration and opportunities for interaction among multidisciplinary researchers (basic, translational, and clinical) focused on conducting cutting-edge research on esophageal diseases, and by so doing, to improve the care of patients with those diseases. 

The Esophageal Diseases Center (EDC) is devoted to conducting innovative, translational research in a multidisciplinary setting in order to advance understanding of esophageal diseases, and to improve the treatment of patients with those diseases. The faculty of the EDC includes gastroenterologists (adult and pediatric), surgeons, oncologists, and pathologists devoted to the study of esophageal diseases.

The EDC is co-directed by Drs. Stuart Spechler and Rhonda Souza who, with their combined expertise in clinical and laboratory-based investigations, have established a truly translational research unit within the EDC. The EDC is part of a fully integrated research effort at UT Southwestern Medical Center in partnership with the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, Department of Surgery, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Division of Pediatric GastroenterologyDivision of Thoracic Surgery, and the Simmons Cancer Center

Focus Areas within the Esophageal Diseases Center

  • Reflux esophagitis/gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)/non-erosive reflux disease (NERD)
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal adenocarcinoma
  • Gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma
  • Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Advanced endoscopic imaging of esophageal diseases
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis