Our Program

Patients nationwide seek care from our Esophageal and Stomach Disorders Program — one of the largest of its kind in the country. Keck Medicine of USC specialists have renowned medical and surgical expertise, in addition to access to the most advanced equipment, technology and research available. This unique combination positions the program to continue its long tradition of pioneering state-of-the-art care, from diagnosis to recovery, for the full range of esophageal and gastric disorders.

We are changing the medical paradigm of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) treatment, a condition that afflicts nearly 20 percent of the population. Most patients rely on medical management for relief, but for those with persistent heartburn and regurgitation, the LINX Reflux Management System effectively stops the symptoms. LINX, a device laparoscopically placed around the lower end of the esophagus, was largely developed at Keck Medicine of USC. We are home to the nation’s largest LINX program and clinical trial protocols were determined here.

Damage from severe GERD can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, often a precancerous condition. However, Barrett’s esophagus with high-grade dysplasia, an early form of cancer, is treated by endoscopic ablation and resection, procedures largely pioneered here, which preserve the esophagus and eliminate the need for additional extensive surgery.

The Esophageal and Stomach Disorders Program is one of the nation’s leading providers of care for gastroparesis, a motility condition that interferes with the stomach’s ability to pass food into the small intestine. Afflicting up to two percent of the population and inexplicably rising, complications include chronic nausea, vomiting, development of bezoars, and for those with diabetes, difficulty managing blood sugar levels. When medical management is insufficient, gastric electrical stimulation (GES) prompted by a gastric pacemaker implanted subcutaneously in the abdomen can trigger normal motility and subdue symptoms. Keck Medicine of USC has the highest volume of gastric pace-making implantation in California.

Our Approach

Program specialists deliver patient-centered, comprehensive care from diagnosis to recovery by a multidisciplinary team of experts, including experts in medicine, surgery, oncology, imaging and occupational therapy. The first step toward successful treatment is an accurate diagnosis. Many diagnostic tools were developed at our medical center and have been adopted worldwide as the industry gold standard. Upon diagnosis, an individualized treatment plan designed for the best possible outcome and a team of specialists, all of who are renowned experts in their field are assembled. A state-of-the-art computerized reports system facilitates prompt information sharing among team members, affording the patient the most efficient care.

Our Physicians

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 4
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
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Keck Medicine of USC - Beverly Hills
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 4
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2