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George T. Fantry

George T. Fantry M.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Medicine
Additional Title(s): Director, Heartburn and Dyspepsia Program, UMMC AeroDigestive Center
Location: UMMC, Room N3W50
Phone: (410) 328-8732
Fax: (410) 328-1897

Research Interests:

My longstanding clinical interest is the evaluation and management of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and esophageal motility disorders. Multidisciplinary clinical care is provided in the Heartburn and Dyspepsia Program of the AeroDigestive Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Heartburn and Dyspepsia Program has been established to provide patients with a variety of diagnostic and treatment approaches for GERD (esophageal/extraesophageal) and its complications; peptic ulcer disease and esophageal motility disorders. Diagnostic tests performed include esophageal manometry, ambulatory pH monitoring and Multichannel Intraluminal Impedance (MII) combined with pH monitoring (MII-pH). Additional diagnostic and interventional procedures are performed in the state-of-the-art endoscopy suite. In addition to medical management, the multidisciplinary approach includes evaluation for endoscopic antireflux therapy with plication and evaluation for minimally invasive surgery for GERD (Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication) and achalasia (Laparoscopic Heller myotomy) as warranted. 

An active educational research initiative is a collaborative project aimed at developing an interactive virtual esophagus that demonstrates automatic behavior reflective of underlying normal and diseased physiological functions and models motility and clinical management strategies. Use of the virtual esophagus may provide a novel and optimal teaching opportunity to allow a trainee to query the esophagus, diagnose esophageal diseases, perform treatments and observe the results of treatments, thus enhancing trainee understanding of esophageal diseases and allowing for rehearsal of medical decision-making prior to patient care. My clinical research interests include the evaluation of the utility of diagnostic tests in GERD management and in predicting treatment outcomes.


Fantry GT, Fantry LE, James SP.  Chronic Infections of the Small Intestine. In: Yamada, Alpers, Laine, Ouyang, Powell, editors. Textbook of Gastroenterology, fifth edition (in press). 

Fantry GT, Fantry LE, James SP, Alpers DH.  Chronic Infections of the Small Intestine. In: Yamada, Alpers, Laine, Ouyang, Powell, editors. Atlas of Gastroenterology, fourth edition (in press).

Uradomo LT, Hosseinzadeh K, Fantry GT. Colocolic intussusception. Gastrointest Endosc 2005; 61: 432.

Fantry GT. Peptic Ulcer Disease. In: Zevitz M, editor. Emedicine (online textbook), second edition. Group Publishing System. 2005.

Fantry GT, Hanes D. Gastrointestinal Complications in End-Stage Renal Disease. In: Henrich, editor. Principles and Practice of Dialysis, third edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 2004: 374-380.

Sajadi MM, Fantry GT, Fantry LE. A Czech researcher and pneumocystis. Clin Infect Dis 2004; 39(2): 218,270-71.

Lustberg AM, Fantry GT, Cotto-Cumba C, Drachenberg C, Darwin PE. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for intractable diarrhea due to pneumatosis coli. Gastrointest Endosc 2002; 56: 935-937.

Tacket CO, Sztein MB, Losonsky G, Abe A, Finlay BB, McNamara BP, Fantry GT, James SP, Nataro JP, Levine MM, Donnenberg M. The role of EspB in experimental human enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) infection. Infect Immun 2000; 68: 3689-3695.

Fantry GT.  Peptic Ulcer Disease. In: Rakel RE, editor. Saunders Manual of Medical Practice, second edition. W.B. Saunders Company. 2000: 428-431.

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