Swallowing, Reflux & Stomach Disorders

Rely on expert gastroenterologists at Hartford Hospital to help you manage symptoms of swallowing, reflux, and stomach disorders. Partner with us to find the cause of your discomfort to improve your health and enjoy life.


Common Symptoms

You may have a digestive condition if you experience:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Frequent hiccups or burping
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Pain or trouble swallowing
  • Vomiting or trouble keeping down meals

Conditions We Treat

Seek help from a Hartford Hospital gastroenterologist for symptoms that affect your esophagus and stomach, including:

  • Achalasia – Difficulty swallowing because food being trapped in the esophagus
  • Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – Burning sensation in the chest from stomach acid coming back up the esophagus
  • Barrett’s esophagus – Damage to the lining of the esophagus due to longterm GERD
  • Hernias in the stomach
  • Hiatal Hernia and Paraesophageal Hernia: A hole in the diaphragm allowing organs from the abdomen to protrude into the chest cavity
  • Gastroparesis – Food gets trapped in the stomach longer than usual, causing nausea, vomiting, bloating, and feeling overly full after eating a small amount
  • Strictures – Narrowing of the digestive tract caused by tumors or scar-tissue and can be cancerous or non-cancerous, resulting in painful swallowing, heartburn, vomiting, and frequent hiccupping or burping
  • Zenker’s diverticulum – a pouch that can form in the pharynx or esophagus allowing food to pool in the pouch causing difficulty swallowing and frequent regurgitation

Diagnosis & Treatment

Your doctor may recommend a diagnostic test or procedure to find the cause of your symptoms. Benefit from our expertise in diagnosing complicated GI conditions and providing advanced treatments.

Skilled, Experienced Care

Feel confident knowing you’ll get the best possible care and treatments for your esophagus and stomach condition. Gastroenterologists at Hartford HealthCare teach other doctors from around the world about the best ways to care for the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

About Us

When to See a Specialist

If you ignore your symptoms, they could get worse. Talk to your primary care provider about your digestive health symptoms. If you need specialized care, your doctor can refer you to a digestive health doctor at Hartford Hospital.

Find a Location

Make an Appointment

Call to schedule an appointment with a GI specialist at Hartford Hospital.
Ask your doctor for a referral before you call.

Call 833.431.0004


Meet our Swallowing, Reflux, & Stomach Disorders Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Bliss, Lindsay Ann, MD, MPH 860.246.2071
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • New Britain
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Chaletsky, David Michael, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Chukwumah, Chike V., MD
5.0 /5
81 surveys
860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
  • South Windsor
  • West Hartford
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Curtis, David Eugene, MD
4.8 /5
82 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Hepatobiliary and Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
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Daoud, Vladimir Paul, MD 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • West Hartford
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Elias, Rawad, MD 860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Hannoush, Edward J., MD
4.8 /5
73 surveys
860.224.5161
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • Southington
  • West Hartford
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Kachala, Stefan, MD
4.8 /5
62 surveys
860.696.4923
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • New Britain
  • Hartford
  • Meriden
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Katigbak, Mario Winn, MD
5.0 /5
128 surveys
860.696.4306
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Norwich
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McKelvey, Alicia Ann, MD, FACS, FCCP 860.696.4306
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
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  • Hartford
Papasavas, Pavlos K., MD, FACS, FASMBS
4.9 /5
79 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • South Windsor
  • West Hartford
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Schipper, Bret Mitchell, MD, FACS, CPE 860.696.2040
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • New Britain
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Shaikh, Inam Ahmed, MD 860.489.7017
  • General Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
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  • Torrington
  • Torrington
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Tishler, Darren Scott, MD, FACS, FASMBS
4.9 /5
92 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Enfield
  • Farmington
  • Manchester
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Digestive Health Center

  • Hartford Hospital
    85 Jefferson Street
    Hartford, CT 06102
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  • To connect with one of our expert Digestive Health specialists, call 833.431.0004