Esophageal Disorders Program

About The Esophagus  |  Who We Treat  |  Highlights  |  Team  |  Locations  |  Appointments

If you’re seeking care for an esophageal condition like esophageal cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), or a swallowing disorder, Columbia can help. Our Esophageal Disorders Program brings together highly skilled foregut surgeons, experienced clinicians, and the world’s leading esophageal disease researchers to offer the latest and safest minimally invasive treatments.

To make an appointment, please call (212) 305-3408 or complete our online appointment request form.

For parents and children in need of care for esophageal atresia, please learn more about our specialized Esophageal Atresia Care Program.

About Esophageal Disease

The esophagus is a tube that connects the throat to the stomach, allowing food and liquid to pass through to be digested. Muscular rings (sphincters) at each end open and close as food passes through, and contractions along the esophagus move food and drink down into the stomach.

Esophageal diseases can cause food or stomach acid to rise back up, or regurgitate, or make it difficult to swallow. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to restore proper function or relieve chronic symptoms. Some digestive conditions are associated with increased risk for serious diseases like cancer of the esophagus.

Who We Treat

Our Esophageal Disorders Program can provide help for anyone suffering from esophageal disease, no matter the complexity or severity of the case.

Conditions We Treat

Services We Offer:

  • Endoscopic treatment of esophageal cancer
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
  • Endoscopic surgical dissection (ESR)
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE)
  • Robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgical treatments
  • Nonsurgical treatment of esophageal cancer
  • Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)

Stories & Perspectives

It Takes a Village to Heal a Patient

After recovering from breast cancer, Roberta thought her health issues were behind her, but when she received a diagnosis of aggressive esophageal cancer, she discovered new levels of determination within herself. Read Roberta’s story.

Highlights of Our Program

Leaders in Esophageal Disease Research

The most advanced treatments start with the latest discoveries. Columbia is the epicenter for esophageal disease research—we are home to more actively funded NIH research for esophageal cancer than any other medical center in the nation.

A Collaborative Approach to Care

Our multidisciplinary team includes clinicians from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and surgeons from one of the most active surgical programs in the country for esophageal cancer. We also work closely with pediatric specialists at Columbia to treat conditions like esophageal atresia.

Care Where You Need It

Surgeries are performed at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the leading medical centers in the nation. For office visits, we also see patients at the Columbia Lung & Esophageal Center of New Jersey and at ColumbiaDoctors Midtown in New York City.

Columbia Virtual Visits

And for some visits, we offer telehealth appointments through Columbia Virtual Visits—so you can skip the commute and meet with our team right from the comfort of your own home.

Our Team

Our core team is made up of gastroenterologists, abdominal surgeons and chest surgeons, and we work closely with oncologists, radiation oncologists and nurse practitioners to bring you fully comprehensive esophageal care.


Julian A. Abrams, MD
Charles J. Lightdale, MD
John Poneros, MD


Dr Marc BesslerMarc Bessler, MD


Dr Frank D'OvidioFrank D'Ovidio, MD, PhD


Dr Mark GinsburgMark E. Ginsburg, MD


Dr. Lyall GorensteinLyall A. Gorenstien, MD


Dr. Joshua SonettJoshua R. Sonett, MD


Dr B. Payne StaniferBryan P. Stanifer, MD


Our Locations

We have easily accessible locations in New York and New Jersey. Our team is also available for online virtual visits for your convenience.

New York

Price Family Center for Comprehensive Chest Care
Herbert Irving Pavilion, Third Floor
161 Fort Washington Ave
New York, NY 10032
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New Jersey

Columbia Lung and Esophageal Center of New Jersey
85 Harristown Road, #101
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
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ColumbiaDoctors Englewood
25 Rockwood Place
Englewood, NJ 07631
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Make an Appointment

We accept most major insurance plans and can verify your plan when you call to make your appointment.

To make an appointment with our Esophageal Disorders Program, please call (212) 305-3408, or complete our online appointment request form and our office will follow up with you soon. You can also have your doctor contact us for a referral and our team can help coordinate your care.