Healthcare Specialties



Center for Dysphagia and Swallowing Disorders


The Center for Dysphagia and Swallowing Disorders at Baylor Medicine in Houston, Texas, is an unparalleled collaboration between three unique specialties with dedicated interests in dysphagia. We provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach with a team of otolaryngologists, thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, speech therapists and nutritionists to evaluate and treat patients who have difficulty swallowing food or liquids. A commitment to research, advancing medical education, and measurement of outcomes allows us to bring best-practice and state-of-the-art technologies to our patients.

The center strives to establish a diagnosis quickly and we work carefully with each patient to establish an individualized treatment plan.


Conditions We Treat


Pharyngeal Dysfunction

  • Aspiration
  • Cricopharyngeal bar
  • Cricopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Vocal paralysis

Esophageal Dysmotility

  • Achalasia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophagogastric junction (EGJ) outflow obstruction
  • Hypercontractile esophagus (jackhammer esophagus)
  • Ineffective esophageal motility
  • Scleroderma


  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Hiatal hernias
  • Laryngoesophageal reflux
  • Paraesophageal hernias
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Esophageal diverticuli
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Zenker's diverticuli



We offer the following treatments and procedures:

  • Botulinum toxin (Botox) injection
  • Cricopharyngeal myotomy (endoscopic/open)
  • Laparoscopic Heller myotomy
  • Laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair and Nissen fundoplication
  • Laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair
  • LINX procedure for GERD
  • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)
  • Speech and swallowing therapy
  • Vocal injection/medialization
  • Zenker’s diverticulostomy (endoscopic/open)
  • Neurology consultation
  • Psychiatry consultation
  • Endoscopic or laparoscopic feeding tube placement
  • Nutrition consultation
  • Esophageal dilation
  • Esophageal stent placement
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Esophagectomy
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s esophagus