Swallowing, Reflux, Stomach, and Esophageal Disorders

Rely on expert digestive health experts at Hartford Hospital to help you manage symptoms of swallowing, reflux, stomach, and esopaheal 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:


Conditions We Treat

Seek help from a Hartford Hospital digestive health expert 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.

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 hiccuping 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. Digestive Health Experts 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.

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Swallowing And Reflux Program

Are you like one in five Americans who have trouble swallowing or suffer from Acid Reflux? Click below to see how Hartford HealthCare is prepared to help you.


Meet our Swallowing, Reflux, Stomach, and Esophageal Disorders Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Bliss, Lindsay Ann, MD, MPH 860.246.2071
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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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 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
  • South Windsor
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Curtis, David Eugene, MD 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
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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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Gelwan, Jeffrey Stuart, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Golioto, Michael John, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hartford
Hannoush, Edward J., MD 860.224.5161
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • Southington
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Johnson, Maria Elena, MD 203.626.6540
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Kachala, Stefan, MD, FACS 860.696.4923
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • New Britain
  • Hartford
  • Meriden
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Karasik, Michael Steven, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Katigbak, Mario Winn, MD 860.696.4306
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Norwich
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Koliani-Pace, Jenna L., MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Norwich
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McKelvey, Alicia Ann, MD, FACS, FCCP 860.696.4306
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
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  • Hartford
Mehendiratta, Vaibhav, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Norwich
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Nestler, Jeffry Laurence, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Papasavas, Pavlos K., MD, FACS, FASMBS 860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • South Windsor
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Plotkin, Eileen K., MD 860.229.9688
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Schipper, Bret Mitchell, MD, FACS, CPE 860.696.2040
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • New Britain
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Selden, Michael Aaron, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Windsor
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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 860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Enfield
  • Farmington
  • Manchester
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Weiser, Jeffrey Steven, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Williamson, Jonathan Blair, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
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Worth, Jennifer, MD, FACS 860.425.5305
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Norwich
Wysocki, John David, MD 860.644.4442
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
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