Our Founding Experts
Dr. DeMeester is a top global expert in gastroesophageal reflux disease and the originator of noninvasive foregut ambulatory monitoring. He had made many important contributions to the pathology and treatment of diseases of the esophagus throughout his career. He has over 430 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 161 book chapters, and several videos and motion pictures to his credit.
Dr. Chandrasoma is the Chief of Anatomic Pathology at LAC-USC Medical Center and a Professor of Pathology at USC in Los Angeles. He is internationally recognized as an expert on all aspects of GERD and its complications. He is recognized as one of Best Doctors in America.
Dr. Dengler is a lecturer and instructor for physicians and nurses at heartburn centers. Dr. Dengler founded Legato Medical in 2001 and developed the nation’s first Heartburn Treatment Center in 1996. As an authority on GERD, his expertise includes diagnostics, medical, and surgical therapies.
Mr. Kaechele is the founder of RefluxMD and a non-medical GERD expert, having been trained by world-class GERD specialists, including Dr. Tom DeMeester. Mr. Kaechele has written over 300 articles on acid reflux, two books, and directly coached several thousand GERD sufferers.
The Reflux Dilemma
Reflux disease impact millions of people, can lead to serious long-term complications, and costs the healthcare system billions of dollars each year. The current treatment model is failing those that suffer from reflux, yet little is being done to improve it.
Reflux disease is a serious, progressive, and often misunderstood disease. In fact, one in three American adults experience the heartburn and discomfort associated with reflux disease weekly. For some, reflux is simply a nuisance, but for many it impacts their ability to go about their daily lives.
Most treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms with medications, and while these medications can effectively control symptoms, they do nothing to correct the underlying causes of the disease. In addition, some of these drugs can have serious side effects when taken long term.
Unchecked, reflux disease can progress over time and it may lead to serious complications like esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, and even cancer. In fact, the rate of reflux-induced esophageal cancer has increased more than 600% since 1975. Sadly, reflux-induced esophageal cancer is also one of the most lethal types of cancer— currently the overall likelihood of surviving five years is only 10-15%.
Isn’t It Time To Do More?
Our mission is simple – to help the millions of people suffering from reflux disease get the care they deserve.
We created RefluxMD in conjunction with the top leading clinical experts as a response to the reflux dilemma. We believe that each individual should understand their disease, its symptoms, all available treatment alternatives, and be an active participant in the final decision on how to reduce their symptoms and find good health. We hope that with their GERD specialist, RefluxMD can be part of their team to achieve this goal. To assist in this process RefluxMD offers:
- Online tools to find a local GERD expert for diagnosis and treatment;
- Provide accurate and updated information on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, complications, medications, surgery and procedural alternatives, natural remedies, GERD-friendly recipes and diet plans, and a nationally proven weight loss program for those severely overweight or obese.
- An opportunity to ask personal disease related questions and receive a professional response.
- Provide personal stories of others suffering with acid reflux disease;
- Offer products and services to assist sufferers on their journey to relief.
If you suffer with reflux symptoms or have been diagnosed with GERD, we want to be your partner to return you to a happier and healthier life. If you have any suggestions or questions about RefluxMD, please send us an email at your convenience.