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Dodds Donner Lecture: The Patient With Dysphagia: In The Future, Who Will Take Ownership?

Dodds Donner Lecture: The Patient With Dysphagia-In the Future, Who Will Take Ownership?

Joel Richter, MD

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00-8:45 a.m.


The Dodds-Donner lecture is named in honor of Dr. Jerry Dodds and Dr. Martin Donner.

Dr. Dodds, Professor of Radiology and Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin, who has pioneered in modern day research in swallowing and esophageal motility functions. He was instrumental in developing the Milwaukee Research Group on GI motility disorders. He has studied both, animal and human models of swallowing and esophageal/GI physiology, and was a recipient of NIH funding. He has for the first time, recorded esophageal manometry concurrent with the visual dynamics of bolus transit. He was also a creative writer and a poet.

Dr. Donner, Professor of radiology and medicine at The Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and researched in GI radiology with a focus on swallowing and esophageal motility disorders. He developed the 1st multidisciplinary swallowing center in Baltimore. He was a prolific writer.

Drs. Dodds and Donner were pioneers in the study of dysphagia and without them we wouldn't be sitting here today. The Dodd-Donner lecture is a fitting tribute to their legacy. Thus, individuals asked to provide the Dodds-Donner lecture are leaders in the field of swallowing and esophageal disorders, and this year speaker is Dr. Joel Richter. He will discuss the complex patient with dysphagia, given the sub-specialization of the field, as to who will take charge!   

After this presentation, attendees will be able to: 

  • Review the current modalities available to evaluate patients with dysphagia.
  • Discuss a holistic approach where the modified barium swallow and esophageal sweep in combination become initial dysphagia screening test.
  • Review the advantages, limitations and barriers to this "modern" barium swallow. 



 Joel Richter, MD

Joel E. Richter, MD, is currently Professor of Medicine and the Hugh F. Culverhouse Chair for Esophagology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  Joining the faculty in September 2011, he is also Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition and Director, Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders. He received his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. He completed his internship at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He went on to complete his residency in medicine and fellowship in medicine (gastroenterology) at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Among past academic appointments, Dr. Richter was chairman, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, for 10 years and Chairman of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA for 7 years.


Dr. Richter is past president of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and served as director, ACG, Institute for Clinical Research and Education from 1995 to 2004. He is the recipient of several awards for his work in digestive diseases, including the Berk/Fise Lifetime Clinical Achievement Award from ACG, Joseph B. Kirsner Award in Gastroenterology (2000), the Janssen Award in Gastroenterology for Clinical Research in Digestive Diseases (2001), and The Samuel Weiss Award for Outstanding Service to the ACG (2001). From 2002 to 2003, he served as president of the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus. He was co-editor in chief for the American Journal of Gastroenterology from 2003-2009. He was named to the Best Doctors in America for gastroenterology multiple times.


Dr. Richter is the author or coauthor of more than 600 articles including 333 original papers, 144 editorials/reviews, 15 books, and 188 book chapters. He and Don Castell are the editors of the new 5th Edition of The Esophagus.  His research interests include gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia, Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal chest pain and eosinophilic esophagitis.

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