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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.


Marco G. Patti, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director, Center for Esophageal Diseases
Marco G. Patti, MD, is an internationally known gastrointestinal surgeon who has extensive expertise in the surgical treatment of esophageal disorders, including gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia, and esophageal cancer.

Robert T. Kavitt, MD, MPH
Medical 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.


Mark K. Ferguson, MD
Professor of Surgery

Marco G. Patti, MD
Professor of Surgery

Mitchell C. Posner, MD
Thomas D. Jones Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of General Surgery
Chief, Surgical Oncology


Robert Kavitt, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Vani Konda, MD
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


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

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

Imre Noth, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Bronchoscopy and Interstitial Lung Disease Program

Ear, Nose & Throat

Elizabeth Blair, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery

Louis de Guzman Portugal, MD
Professor of Surgery

Medical Oncology

Victoria M. Villaflor, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine


John Hart, MD
Professor of Pathology


Donna Kahn, RN
Loretta Kasparas, RN
Leslie Mote, LPN
Donna Nozicka, RN, BSN
Julia O'Malley, RN