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About Rena Yadlapati, MD

Rena Yadlapati, MD, is a board-certified gastroenterologist who specializes in esophageal diseases. Dr. Yadlapati is medical director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases at UC San Diego Health and treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and related conditions such as voice complaints (laryngopharyngeal reflux), swallowing disorders such as achalasia and esophageal motility disorders, and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Dr. Yadlapati has expertise in interpreting esophageal manometry, reflux monitoring (Bravo testing and pH impedance) and EndoFLIP. She performs upper GI endoscopies with dilation, ESO FLIP/pneumatic dilation for achalasia, as well as colonoscopies. She feels that each patient with esophageal complaints is unique, and that their care should be personalized using state-of-the-art technologies and team-based approaches to provide the highest quality of care.

As an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Dr. Yadlapati trains medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She is an active clinical researcher with grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American College of Gastroenterology. Her research focuses on personalized care approaches for GERD and non-response to proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy. She is a co-author of national guidelines for achalasia and esophageal physiologic testing.

Dr. Yadlapati serves on the board of directors of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Institute as well as the American Foregut Society. She has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed publications, including multiple national consensus initiatives in GERD, Barrett's esophagus, and esophageal motility. Dr. Yadlapati is an editorial board member of Gastroenterology. She speaks at the regional, national and international level on personalized therapy for GERD, complications of anti-reflux surgery, phenotypes of GERD, diagnostic and therapeutic options for laryngopharyngeal disease, esophageal motility disorders, and EndoFLIP technology.

Dr. Yadlapati completed a clinical gastrointestinal fellowship training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, followed by a two-year research fellowship in esophageal physiology and psychology and a one-year advanced fellowship in esophageal disorders. She completed her residency at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. She also holds a Master of Science in health services and outcomes research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

In her free time, Dr. Yadlapati enjoys cooking, swimming, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family. She speaks Gujarati fluently.

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For more information, see Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases and Esophageal Motility.

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UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Residency

  • UC Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

Fellowship

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Master's Degree

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Gender

  • Female

Languages

  • Gujarati

Date Joined Staff

  • 2019-07-01

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology

Conditions and Treatments

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Esophageal Disorder (Achalasia)
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted