The Esophageal & Gastric Cancer Program's care team is comprised
of a nurse coordinator, medical and surgical specialists, nurses, researchers
and support staff who have a special interest and training in esophageal and
These physician specialists participate in monthly
treatment planning conferences to review recent cases to improve the
consistency and quality of care.
Lynn Weatherson, LAc
Julie Morphew, RN
Courtney E. Barancin, MDNicholas C. Boetticher, MDCecil
Michelle Ragen, MDHallie Richards,
MDGlen Varns, MD
Kenneth Batts, MDLarry Burgart, MDJason Daniels, MDParry Dilworth, MDSchuyler Sanderson,
Willson, MD**Shared medical directorship of the Radiation
*Shared medical directorship of the Radiation
Sarah Johnson, MSW, LICSW612-863-1704
MDAnnie Callahan, MDMatthew Graczyk, MDEric
Johnson, MDNatasha Rueth, MD
Barrett's esophagus is a condition that occurs as a result of chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). It is a precancerous condition that, left untreated, may lead to a dangerous type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma.
Specialists at Abbott Northwestern proactively treat Barrett's esophagus with radio-frequency ablation before it progresses to cancer. Through the use of energy to heat and destroy Barrett's cells, the thin layer of diseased esophageal tissue can be removed, allowing the growth of healthy cells.