Stuart Jon Spechler, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Co-Director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Co-Director of the Center for Esophageal Research at the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Prior to joining Baylor University Medical Center in January 2017, Dr. Spechler was the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology for the VA North Texas Healthcare System, Professor of Medicine, and holder of the Berta M. and Cecil O. Patterson Chair in Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and he had been the Director of the Center for Swallowing Disorders at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Spechler's research has focused primarily on disorders of the esophagus, especially GERD and its complications, eosinophilic esophagitis, and esophageal motility disorders. He has chaired three VA Cooperative Studies on medical and surgical treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease. He described the condition known as "short-segment Barrett's esophagus" in 1994. Dr. Spechler has published more than 400 scientific reports, editorials, review articles, and book chapters on esophageal disorders. He is best known for his work in the areas of GERD, Barrett's esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis, and esophageal motility disorders.