Clinical Challenges in Dysphagia

Clinical Challenges in Dysphagia: What To Do When a Patient Has Trouble Swallowing

September 14, 2019

Westin Dallas Galleria • Dallas, Texas

Program Objectives

This conference will present the opportunity to explore clinical challenges and management of oropharyngeal dysphagia and esophageal dysphagia in a day filled with didactics, interactive cases, and panel discussions with a multidisciplinary faculty of gastroenterologists, otolaryngologists, speech pathologists and primary care physicians.


  • To identify patterns and pathology associated with oropharyngeal dysphagia and esophageal dysphagia.
  • To appreciate the basic diagnostic work up for a patient with oropharyngeal dysphagia or esophageal dysphagia.
  • To explore management strategies in specific areas based on interest including oropharyngeal approaches for dysphagia therapy, cricopharyngeal pathology and glottic disorders and esophageal approaches for strictures, eosinophilic esophagitis, achalasia and motility disorders.

Course Directors

Vani Konda, MD
Director of Clinical Operations of the Esophageal Center

Eitan Podgaetz, MD
Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Lindsey Arviso, MD
Medical Director of Laryngology

Diane Longnecker, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Speech Pathologist


Miranda Box,
Motility technician, GI Physiology Lab

Mark Casanova, MD
Director of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care

Steven Leeds, MD
Division Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Anh Nguyen, MD,

Stuart Spechler, MD
Chief of Gastroenterology

Leonidas Vargas Tapias, MD
Thoracic and Lung Transplant Surgeon

Marc Ward, MD
Director for Minimally Invasive Research and Simulation


Presentation materials, when available, may be downloaded in pdf format. The password will be emailed to participants prior to the activity.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

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Accreditation and Credit Designation


The Foundation for Advanced Cardiovascular Education and Training (FACET) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation is approved by Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.


Credit Designation

The Foundation for Advanced Cardiovascular Education and Training (FACET) designates this live activity for a maximum 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 0.5 Ethics credit and 0.5 ASHA CEUs. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Westin Galleria Dallas

The conference is held at The Westin Galleria Dallas. Set in the Galleria Dallas shopping complex, this upscale, modern hotel is 10.3 miles from the American Airlines Center, and 10.8 miles from the Dallas Museum of Art.

13340 Dallas Pkwy,
Dallas, TX 75240

Baylor Scott & White Health employees must follow the reservation and lodging guidelines outlined in the Travel and Business Expense Policy.

For Exhibitors

The 2018 Neuroscience Symposium welcomes exhibitor participation at this activity. This annual conference can include a registration attendance of up to 200 primary care physicians, family practitioners, internal medicine physicians as well as other allied healthcare professionals.

Download the exhibitor packet

Contact Us

If you would like more information about granting and/or other sponsorship opportunities or if you have questions about exhibiting, please contact CME coordinator Diana McGill.


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All non-physicians, residents, fellows, medical students, speech pathologists and nurses


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