About the Center for Dysphagia and Swallowing Disorders

The Center for Dysphagia and Swallowing Disorders at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, is an unparalleled collaboration between three unique specialties with dedicated interests in dysphagia. We provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach with a team of otolaryngologists, thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, speech therapists and nutritionists to evaluate and treat patients who have difficulty swallowing food or liquids. A commitment to research, advancing medical education, and measurement of outcomes allows us to bring best-practice and state-of-the-art technologies to our patients.

Led by co-directors Kenneth W. Altman, M.D., Ph.D., and Shawn Groth, M.D., the center strives to establish a diagnosis quickly and we work carefully with each patient to establish an individualized treatment plan.

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Meet Our Team

Our physicians are specialists in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with swallowing disorders and include experts in otolaryngology, gastroenterology and general thoracic surgery. Learn more about our team.

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Our diagnostic services and testing include barium esophagogram, breath test, esophagogastroduodenoscopy and more. We also provide 24-hour monitoring. Learn more about our services.

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Dysphagia and Swallowing Disorders

Dr. Kenneth W. Altman discusses swallowing disorders, such as esophagus dysmotility, and interdisciplinary treatment for the various swallowing disorders.

Kenneth Altman, M.D.

Osteoporosis, the voice and swallowing disorders

The relationship between osteoporosis, the voice and swallowing starts with a number of overlapping issues with esophagus ulcerations and gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. Read more.

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Voice Problems and How They are Treated

Dr. Julina Ongkasuwan describes how we produce voice and different treatment approaches for voice problems.