Dr. Bryan Curtin is a Board Certified gastroenterologist with specialized expertise in gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Pulmonologists at The Lung Center at Mercy treat patients with lung conditions including COPD, lung cancer and interstitial lung disease.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Heartburn symptoms are experienced by many people; however, when heartburn relief cannot be achieved with over-the-counter medicine or diet changes, it is important to seek medical expertise. At The Center for Heartburn and Reflux Disease at Mercy in Baltimore, Dr. Patrick Hyatt and Dr. Scott Huber are experts at diagnosing and treating heartburn symptoms, which often can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), achalasia, eosinophilic esophagitis, or Barrett’s Esophagus.
Heartburn is caused by stomach acid that irritates the esophagus. A muscular valve, called the lower esophageal sphincter, keeps stomach acid in the stomach. Normally, it opens to allow food into the stomach then closes again. But if it opens too often or does not close tightly enough, stomach acid can seep, or reflux, into the esophagus and cause a burning sensation. Chronic heartburn can indicate serious problems and can develop into gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
Heartburn symptoms include burning in the chest after a meal or at night as well as pain when lying down or bending. If heartburn symptoms occur more than twice within a week and over-the-counter medications do not provide heartburn relief, it is important to see a doctor so that tests can be conducted to properly diagnose the reason for the heartburn symptoms.
Tests that may be conducted to diagnose heartburn symptoms include:
For heartburn relief, over-the-counter medications can be taken. It also is suggested to avoid foods, such as alcohol, caffeine, tomato sauce, or fried food, that trigger heartburn symptoms. Other treatment options may be needed if the heartburn symptoms indicate other esophageal disorders such as GERD, achalasia, eosinophilic esophagitis, or Barrett’s esophagus.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Matilda Hagan, a dedicated IBD specialist, serves as Medical Co-Director of The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy.
A patient of a team of Mercy doctors shares his struggle with achalasia, a condition that makes swallowing difficult.