Jeffrey Conklin, MD

Medical Director, Esophageal Program

Jeffrey Conklin, MD is Medical Director of the Esophageal Center at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Conklin previously served as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Esophageal Function Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Conklin is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on the function of the esophagus. He and his collaborators were the first to show that nitric oxide made by nerves controls peristalsis in the esophagus. His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia gastroesophageal reflux disease and non-cardiac chest pain. Dr. Conklin has published over 70 original peer-reviewed research papers and review articles on these topics and other aspects of gastrointestinal function. His work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Conklin is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American Motility Society and American Physiological Society. He has authored or co-authored chapters in several books, including Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders: A Problem Oriented Approach, Clinical Measurement in Gastroenterology, Motility disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract, Neurogastroenterology-Gastrointestinal Dysfunction in Neurological Disease and Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract.

Dr. Conklin received his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He completed his internship, medical residency and a gastrointestinal fellowship at the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts.