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Motility Program

Motility disorders can affect any part of the GI tract. Potential symptoms include: difficulty swallowing, chest pain, heartburn, constipation and diarrhea.

Esophageal Motility

Diseases / Conditions Treated
  • Achalasia
  • Acid Reflux / Gastroesophageal Relfux Disease (GERD)
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
  • Esophageal Spasm
  • Functional Esophageal Disorders
  • Scleroderam
Diagnostic Modalities / Treatment Options
  • Hi-res manometry
  • Impedance pH Testing
  • Wireless pH Testing (BRAVO)

Esophageal Motility Team

Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD
Medical Director, UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders
Director, Gastrointestinal Motor Function Laboratory
310-208-5400 - Patient Appointments
  Kevin Ghassemi, MD
Director, Clinical Programs, UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders
310-208-5400 - Patient Appointments
  Thomas Kovacs, MD
Director, Esophageal Physiology Program, UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders
310-206-6279 - Patient Appointments
Claudia Sanmiguel, MD
310-208-5400 - Patient Appointments

Anorectal Motility

Diseases / Conditions Treated
  • Chronic constipation
    • Constipation predominant in IBS
    • Dyssynergic defecation
    • Slow transit constipation
  • Fecal incontinence 
Diagnostic Modalities/ Treatment Options
  • Anorectal biofeedback
  • Colonic transit studies
  • Hi-res manometry

Anorectal Motility Team

Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD
Medical Director, UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders
Director, Gastrointestinal Motor Function Laboratory
310-208-5400 - Patient Appointments
 

Lin Chang, MD
Co-Director, G. Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience
Director, Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic
310-206-6279 - Patient Appointments

  Claudia Sanmiguel, MD
310-208-5400 - Patient Appointments

Gastrointestinal Motility

Diseases / Conditions Treated
  • Gastroparesis 
  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction 
Diagnostic Modalities/ Treatment Options
  • Evaluation for gastric pacemaker
  • Gastric emptying study
  • Wireless capsule motility

Gastrointestinal Motility Team

  Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD
Medical Director, UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders
Director, Gastrointestinal Motor Function Laboratory
310-208-5400 - Patient Appointments
 

Mark Ovsiowitz, MD
310-582-6240 - Patient Appointments 

 

 

Kevin Ghassemi, MD
Director, Clinical Programs, UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders
310-208-5400 - Patient

 

Wendy Ho, MD
310-206-6279 - Patient Appointments

  Claudia Sanmiguel, MD
310-208-5400 - Patient Appointments

 

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