Foregut Diseases Program

In keeping with Houston Methodist’s long tradition of leading medicine, the Foregut Diseases Program at the Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders offers exceptional care to patients with complex disorders of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Our program brings together a world-renowned team of specialists, including gastroenterologists, foregut surgeons, esophageal motility and reflux experts, radiologists, GI pathologists and oncologists. From diagnosis to treatment, we are committed to delivering comprehensive, personalized care based on each patient’s unique needs and conditions.

Why Houston Methodist? 
U.S. News & World Report ranked Houston Methodist Hospital No. 11 among 1580 hospitals in the nation for gastroenterology and GI surgery and has recognized Houston Methodist Hospital as one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals. The digestive disorders center is one of Houston Methodist’s six centers of excellence — emphasizing medical care, research and academics.

The Foregut Diseases Program encompasses everything from standard procedures to the most advanced endoscopic and surgical technology. We offer state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient facilities, helping deliver the best possible outcomes to our patients. 

In 2013, Houston Methodist was one of the first hospitals in the United States to perform the peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), a less-invasive method for treating swallowing disorders (most commonly achalasia) without incisions. The procedure involves fixing the problem through the mouth using a gastroscope, a thin, flexible camera designed to look into the esophagus and stomach. There’s less sedation, no scarring, little if any pain and patients can return to work in less than a week. We are one of only a handful of hospitals nationwide that performs POEM.

Our experts continuously evaluate patients through comprehensive weekly GI conferences to ensure each patient receives the most appropriate and effective treatment plan. Moreover, Houston Methodist’s clinicians and scientists collaborate to advance discoveries of innovative and personalized treatments.

We also are dedicated to partnering with referring physicians to best preserve the primary patient-physician relationship to ensure seamless return to care following successful completion of treatment. 

The Foregut Diseases Program Offers Patients:
  • Collaborative, team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum
  • Comprehensive reflux and motility testing using the latest technology
  • Fundoplication, hiatal hernia repair, paraesophageal hernia repair, reoperation for recurrent hernia and LINX procedure
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)
  • Opportunities to enroll in the latest clinical research studies related to gastrointestinal disorders
  • Patient education
  • Recovery and rehabilitation assistance

Conditions Treated

Our Team
Alberto Barroso, MD
Brian Dunkin, MD
Gulchin Ergun, MD
Puja Gaur, MD
Min Kim, MD
Sandeep Lahoti, MD
Lee Morris, MD
Leila Neshatian, MD
Eamonn Quigley, MD
Pat Reardon, MD 
Wade Rosenberg, MD
Nabil Tariq, MD
Karen Woods, MD





Foregut Diseases Program
Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders 
6565 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
Scheduling: 713.441.9770