Expert Team

The esophagus, which connects your mouth to your stomach, makes possible many activities that we take for granted when we are healthy. These include swallowing, eating and being able to lie down without having the contents of our stomachs flow back into our throats.

When a disorder of the esophagus occurs, it can cause a variety of complex problems that may affect our ability to eat, swallow, breathe or speak. Organs such as our lungs, ears or sinuses may also be affected.

For all these reasons, the Esophageal Center at Cedars-Sinai uses a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure that every patient is thoroughly evaluated and receives the most appropriate treatment. These experts include:

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Gastrointestinal motility experts
  • Surgeons
  • Oncologists
  • Researchers
  • Nurses
  • Counselors
  • Dietitians
  • Technologists

Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD

Associate Director Thoracic Surgery
Associate Program Director Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

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John Bray, MD

Gastrointestinal and Diagnostic Radiology

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Miguel Burch, MD

Associate Director Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

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Christopher Chang, MD, PhD

Associate Director GI Motility Program

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Marc A. Edelstein, MD

Clinical Chief Gastroenterology

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Philip K. Frykman, MD, PhD

Associate Director Pediatric Surgery

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Laith H. Jamil, MD

Associate Director Interventional Endoscopy

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Simon K. Lo, MD

Director Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases Program
Director GI Endoscopy

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Gil Y. Melmed, MD

Director Clinical Trials

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Edward Phillips, MD, FACS

Executive Vice-Chair Department of Surgery
Chief Division of General Surgery

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Mark Pimentel, MD, FRCPC

Director GI Motility Program
Director GI Motility Laboratory

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Edy Soffer, MD

Co-Director GI Motility Laboratory

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Richard Sukov, MD, FACR

Chief Gastrointestinal Radiology

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Stephan R. Targan, MD

Director Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Director F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute

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Leo Treyzon, MD, MS

Gastroenterology

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