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Johns Hopkins Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery Center

Treatment of Severe Heartburn, Paraesophageal, Ventral and Hiatal Hernias, Esophageal Conditions, Stomach Tumors and Other Digestive Diseases


Patients with complex upper digestive system disease can benefit from the Johns Hopkins Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery Center’s quick evaluation and treatment plan. This center brings together specialists in general surgery, thoracic surgery and otolaryngology, radiology, and gastroenterology to provide unique testing and medical and surgical management of these conditions that can significantly improve quality of life for patients.

Conditions treated include:

Minimally invasive and robotic surgical options include:

  • Anti-reflux for severe heartburn
  • Paraesophogeal hernia repair
  • Heller myotomy
  • Laparoscopic gastrectomy                                                                                                   
  • Re-operative surgeries

    Paraesophageal Hernias and GERD | Q&A

    Thoracic surgeon Daniela Molena discusses symptoms and treatments, including minimally invasive surgery, for paraesophageal hernias and gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD. Learn more at


Meet Our Specialists

Anne Lidor, M.D., General Surgery
Michael Marohn, D.O., General Surgery
Daniela Molena, M.D., Thoracic Surgery
Steve Yang, M.D., Thoracic Surgery
Lee Akst, M.D., Otolaryngology, Voice Specialist

Our team of gastroenterologists can provide highly specialized diagnostic services such as endoscopic ultrasound of tumors, endoscopic management of Barrett’s disease, esophageal manometry, and pH impedance testing. Testing can be performed at Green Spring Station, Howard County General Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Contact Us

To make an appointment or refer a patient, call 443-997-1508.


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