We thought it would be appropriate to share a short list of prominent individuals whose names are directly connected to GERD.
By the virtue of their passionate work, they too are GERD nerds:
- Barrett, Norman Rupert (1903-1979) The condition that bears his name occurs when the esophageal lining changes, becoming similar to the tissue that lines the intestine. It is a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- DeMeester, Tom Ryan (1938- ) He developed a composite pH score to quantify gastroesophageal reflux. The DeMeester score uses parameters such as total reflux and number of episodes to numerically measure esophageal acidity and assess the severity of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is most commonly used to document the severity of GERD, with a score >14.72 representing reflux considered significant.
- Hill, III, Lucius D. (1922- ) The Hill grading system (A, B, C, D) used to describe the relative competency of a gastroesophageal valve; in general as the Hill grade increases the degree of acid exposure, the frequency of symptoms and the severity of symptoms increases. He also developed the Hill fundoplication technique with the objective of intra-abdominal fixation of the esophagogastric junction and tightening of the collar sling musculature
- His Jr., Wilhem (1864 -1934) A German physician and anatomist, who also described the atrioventricular bundle or “Bundle of His”, one of the components of the conduction system of the heart. The “Angle of His” refers to the normally acute angle between the abdominal esophagus and the fundus of the stomach at the esophagogastric junction.
- Nissen, Rudolph (1896–1981) The procedure that bears his name Nissen Fundoplication is described as Crural closure, 360 degree, total fundoplication for the objective of circumferential plication of stomach to esophagus to create an intragastric nipple valve
- Velanovich, Victor He developed the GERD-HRQL, a validated survey to quantify the subjectivity of patient symptoms to identify GERD; it is sometimes called the Velanovich questionnaire.
Symptoms of acid reflux have been affecting people for a long time. In the era of modern medicine many advances have been made in the identification, classification, measurement and treatment of GERD. We hope you enjoyed this initial salute to the professional GERD nerds.
Debbie Donovan is in the marketing department and is editor of this blog. She’s also managing the GERDHelp social media channels where we post hot stories on heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Deb ice skates and likes routines with fancy footwork and spins.