2020 Swallowing Disorders Awareness Virtual Symposium

Stanford Cancer Center

Recognizing National Dysphagia Awareness Month

Wed, June 10, 2020
5:00 – 8:00 PM PDT

June is National Dysphagia Awareness month. Swallowing difficulties can occur in people of all ages and impacts one in twenty-five Americans annually. Dysphagia has the potential to dramatically impact the health and well-being of patients and their caregivers. Join the Stanford Department of Otolaryngology in an evening of lectures and discussion about dysphagia. Our speakers will address aspects of oropharyngeal and esophageal dysphagia across the lifespan. Please join us for this special, virtual meeting in recognition of National Dysphagia Awareness Month.


  • Speech pathologists
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Individuals with or caregivers of patients with dysphagia.


Learner outcomes

  1. Participants will describe evidenced-based use of thickeners in the management of dysphagia.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss strategies to increase patient adherence to dysphagia recommendations.
  3. Participants will identify strategies to minimize aspiration risk and complications in patients with dysphagia.



  • 5:00-5:05         Heather Starmer  - Welcome
  • 5:05-5:20         Peter Belafsky  – “What is the True Definition of Dysphagia?”
  • 5:20-5:35         Jenny Erpenbeck  – “What is Muscle Tension Dysphagia?”
  • 5:35-5:50         John Clarke  – “Key Updates in Eosinophilic Esophagitis”
  • 5:50-6:05         Harmeet Bedi  – “Pulmonary Aspiration”
  • 6:05-6:20         Liza Blumenfeld – “Managing dysphagia in tracheostomy-dependent patients”
  • 6:20-6:35         Lisa Evangelista  – “Evidence Based Use of Thickeners in Dysphagia Management”
  • 6:35-6:50         Heather Starmer  – “Optimizing Adherence in Swallowing Therapy”
  • 6:50-7:05         Karuna Dewan – “Swallowing After Radiation: Optimizing Outcomes”
  • 7:05-7:20         Nayeli Morimoto  – “Esophageal Disease: Current Role of the Barium Esophagram”
  • 7:20-7:35         Tulio Valdez – “Pediatric Dysphagia: Diagnosing with a Limited Toolbox”
  • 7:35-8:00         Questions and answers

Recorded Presentations and Slides

Heather Starmer

“What is the True Definition of Dysphagia?”
Peter Belafsky 

“What is Muscle Tension Dysphagia?”
Jenny Erpenbeck
“Key Updates in Eosinophilic Esophagitis”
John Clarke
“Pulmonary Aspiration”
Harmeet Bedi

 “Managing dysphagia in tracheostomy-dependent patients”
Liza Blumenfeld
“Evidence Based Use of Thickeners in Dysphagia Management”
Lisa Evangelista
“Optimizing Adherence in Swallowing Therapy”
Heather Starmer
“Swallowing After Radiation: Optimizing Outcomes”
Karuna Dewan
“Esophageal Disease: Current Role of the Barium Esophagram”
Nayeli Morimoto
“Pediatric Dysphagia: Diagnosing with a Limited Toolbox”
Tulio Valdez

Unfortunately, due to the large number of attendees we do not have the infrastructure to process ASHA CEUs.  A certificate of completion will be available at the completion of the course.

For complaints or concerns, please email Heather Starmer within 30 days of the completion of the course.

*speaker's disclosures