Gastroesophageal Reflux and Motility Disorders Center

Clinical Services: GI Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Upper East Side
520 East 70th Street, Starr 8
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-8771
(212) 746-5130

At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center the esophageal motility unit is directed by Rasa Zarnegar, MD. He is specially trained in the diagnosis and surgical management of esophageal motility disorders. He works closely with renowned gastroenterologists who provide endoscopic techniques for the management and treatment of esophageal disorders.

Difficulty swallowing liquids or solids, heartburn, regurgitation, and atypical (or non-cardiac) chest pain may be symptoms of an esophageal motility disorder. Typical esophageal motility disorders include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), dysphagia, achalasia, and esophageal spasm.

The esophageal motility unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center focuses on the diagnosis and management of esophageal motility disorders. The unit provides diagnostic tests including esophageal manometry and pH studies. These tests are typically required to diagnose:

  1. GERD
  2. Achalasia
  3. Diffuse Esophageal Spasm
  4. Sphincter disorders

Nearly all patients referred to our institution will require an Esopageal Manomtery and sometimes a pH probe to determine the cause of their symptoms. Most studies have shown that reliance on symptoms alone has a high failure rate of surgical management in esophageal disorders.

To find out more about the Gastroesophageal Reflux and Motility Disorders Center please click here.


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Suzanne Madden

"My husband got a referral to see Dr. Afaneh and he is so glad he was able to see him. He has given him hope that he will be able to finally once and for all get rid of his meds for his Hyena hernia and ulcers in his esophagus that he has been suffering from for 20 years. Dr. Afaneh was extremely professional and knowledgeable with this field and we feel that my husband is in the right hands with taking care of him. The nurse practitioner Natasha is so very nice and is there to answer any of you questions and concerns you may have. She went out of her way to make sure my husband Mike knew exactly what he needed to do before his procedure. I would highly recommend them to my family and friends."

Mar 05, 2021
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Dec 06, 2020
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"From the front desk everyone was very professional and very polite the place looks great and the doctors are wonderful. I did wait a little bit before I could see doctor Zarnegar but I didn't mind. My only issue was with the room temperature it was a little bit too low but I love the place and I highly recommend it."

Dec 05, 2020
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