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Yadlapati Lab

Esophageal Diseases Clinical Translational Research Program

To discover novel care paradigms that are patient-centered, minimally invasive, and phenotype guided for esophageal diseases.

Principal Investigator

yadlapati-rena-2021.jpegRena Yadlapati MD, MSHS is currently Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Yadlapati completed her clinical gastrointestinal fellowship training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she became passionate about esophageal diseases and patient-oriented research leading her to pursue a two-year NIH T32 research fellowship in esophageal physiology and psychology and a one-year advanced fellowship in esophageal disorders.

Dr. Yadlapati feels that each patient with esophageal complaints is unique and that their care should be personalized using state-of-the-art technologies and team-based approaches to provide the highest quality of care. As such Dr. Yadlapati's research focus is on gastro-esophageal reflux disease and esophageal dysmotility, which has been supported by the NIH, American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), among others. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, much of which is incorporated into clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Yadlapati's national and international leadership includes serving as a co-author on numerous guidelines, leading international recommendations for esophageal diseases including the Chicago Classification version 4.0, and serving on the board of directors of the American College of Gastroenterology Institute.

Meet our team

Research Focus

Esophageal disorders including gastro-esophageal reflux, swallowing disorders such as achalasia, Barrett's esophagus, and eosinophilic esophagitis affects over one-third of the US population. There are tremendous research opportunities to improve the diagnosis and treatment of these prevalent conditions. Our clinical-translational research program is committed to the discovery of novel phenotype-guided paradigms for esophageal diseases.


The 3 overarching goals of our research programs are to:

  1. Discover minimally or non-invasive biomarker techniques that can accurately identify esophageal diseases,
  2. Understand the efficacy of therapeutic strategies in esophageal diseases through rigorous clinical trials and outcomes research, and
  3. Identify clinical-physio-psychological phenotypes of patients with esophageal diseases. Ultimately these data will inform guidelines and translate to clinical practice.

The 3 overarching goals of our research programs

Research Sub-Programs

  • Foregut Biorepository: Utilizes a variety of patient-derived biospecimens to facilitate study and validation of biomarkers and understand mechanisms of pathology
  • Esophageal Registry: Enrolls patients with esophageal symptoms and collects clinical, physiologic and psychological variables
  • Esophageal Clinical Trials Unit: Conducts a variety of investigator and sponsor initiated clinical trials studying the efficacy of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for esophageal conditions
  • GEODE: Gastro-Esophageal Oncogenesis, Dysmotility and Evolution

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