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Ask Our Expert: Dr. Anish A. Sheth To Discuss Causes and Treatment Options for Reflux Disease

Jan 12, 2012

Anish A. Sheth, MD, a board certified gastroenterologist on the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), will discuss GERD - a common condition characterized by chronic acid reflux - with a live Internet audience on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

The Web chat, which will begin at 7 p.m., is the latest event offered by PHCS to give consumers access to seminars hosted by medical experts without leaving home. The chats air on PHCS' UStream channel, www.ustream.tv/channel/princetonhealth.com.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, affects about 20 percent of Americans on a weekly basis, making it one of the more common conditions in the United States.

Dr. Sheth will outline the causes and treatment options for GERD and discuss Barrett's esophagus, a complication of chronic acid reflux that can lead to esophageal cancer. Dr. Sheth previously served as director of the gastroenterology motility program at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was also an assistant professor. He is specially trained in radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure to treat Barrett's esophagus. Radiofrequency ablation, performed at University Medical Center at Princeton's state-of-the-art Endoscopy Suite, uses high-frequency radio waves to destroy damaged tissue.

Following his presentation, Dr. Sheth will take questions from the online audience.

To participate in the Web chat, users will need a PC or MAC with a broadband Internet connection and Adobe Flash Player installed.

Download the latest Adobe Flash Player at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. For a tutorial on UStream, visit www.youtube.com/user/PrincetonHealth.

Participants will be required to log in or create a new account at the site to ask questions. To pre-register, call (888) 897-8979 or visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar.

Previous Web chats hosted by PHCS have covered topics including advances in fertility treatment; urinary incontinence, overactive bladder and pelvic floor disorders; bariatric surgery; nutrition and sustainable weight loss; heart and vascular health; pediatric emergencies; sleep disorders; gastrointestinal problems; perimenopause; and the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Those Web chats can be viewed at www.ustream.tv/channel/princetonhealth.