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Our Team: Center for Esophageal Diseases

One of the few centers in the U.S. dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal disease, the University of Chicago Center for Esophageal Diseases brings together nationally and internationally recognized clinicians and researchers in a variety of related disciplines to provide patients with advanced options, resources, experience and innovation.

Our approach is both personalized and multidisciplinary; our outcomes are considered a model for outstanding patient care.


Robert T. Kavitt, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Esophageal Diseases
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Robert T. Kavitt, MD, MPH, is a gastroenterologist with expertise and specialized training in esophageal disorders. His clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of GERD, eosinophilic esophagitis, esophageal motility disorders including achalasia, and Barrett's esophagus.


John Alverdy, MD
Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery

Mark Ferguson, MD
Professor of Surgery

Mustafa Hussain, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Mitchell Posner, MD
Thomas D. Jones Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of General Surgery
Chief, Surgical Oncology
Physician-in-Chief, Comprehensive Cancer Center

Vivek Prachand, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery


Robert Kavitt, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Uzma Siddiqui, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Endoscopic Ultrasound and Advanced Endoscopy Training

Irving Waxman, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics

Medical Oncology

Daniel Catenacci, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine


Edward Garrity, MD
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair, Clinical Operations
Associate Director, Transplantation Services

D. Kyle Hogarth
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Bronchoscopy and Minimally Invasive Diagnostics
Co-Director, Upper Aerodigestive Cancer Risk Clinic
Medical Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Ear, Nose & Throat

Elizabeth Blair, MD
Professor of Surgery

Louis de Guzman Portugal, MD
Professor of Surgery


John Hart, MD
Professor of Pathology


Leslie Mote, LPN
Donna Nozicka, RN, BSN