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Understanding and Managing Swallowing Disorders
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Scott Gabbard, MD

  • Gastroenterologist
  • Digestive Disease Institute

Siva Raja, MD, PhD

  • Thoracic Surgeon
  • Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute

Affecting more than 15 million Americans, swallowing and esophageal disorders can range in severity and be chronic concerns that plague daily life. However, disorders such as esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus and achalasia often can be treated successfully before long-term damage occurs.

Fortunately, in many cases swallowing disorders are temporary issues that can be managed with over-the-counter medicines and lifestyle changes. But for other patients, swallowing disorders are chronic concerns and can lead to more serious conditions. Many patients require occupational or physical therapy to learn exercises and swallowing techniques to improve their conditions. Medications, esophageal dilation and surgery are reserved for patients who need further treatment to overcome swallowing disorders. Take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered by gastroenterologist Scott Gabbard, MD and thoracic surgeon Siva Raja, MD, PhD.

Scott Gabbard, MD is a board-certified gastroenterologist in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute. He sees patients in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders. Dr. Gabbard completed his fellowship in advanced esophageal and motility and a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, NH. He completed his resident in internal medicine at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Gabbard graduated from medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of medicine.

Siva Raja, MD, PhD is a board-certified thoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. His specialty interests include lung and esophageal cancer.

Dr. Raja completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Cleveland Clinic following the completion of his residency in general surgery at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, in Boston. Dr. Raja earned his medical degree and a PhD in molecular and cellular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in Pittsburgh.

During his medical school career, Dr. Raja completed one-year research fellowships in thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and with the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Raja sees patients at Cleveland Clinic main campus and at Medina Hospital.

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