Dr. Jamie Koufman: Treating Reflux with Diet

By Michelle Alford on August 22, 2011 in Heroes
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h02Jamie Koufman, M.D., is the Director of the Voice Institute of New York and is a Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at New York Medical College. In addition, she is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at Drexel University, an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Surgery at George Washington School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Associate Surgeon at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Koufman has been practicing medicine for over 25 years. She’s been listed as one of “America’s Top Doctors” every year since 1994. She has published numerous articles and regularly lectures on reflux. Her book,Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure, includes detailed patient-friendly information about reflux and 75 original low-acid recipes.

Dr. Koufman’s uncles inspired her to become a doctor. “I actually had two uncles who were surgeons and liked the idea of being able to help people and fix things by doing surgery. I started my career in throat surgery, and then I heard about this guy who was pioneering laser surgery. I had the 4th laser in the United States. I think every patient is like a puzzle we have to solve. It’s important to be able to look them in the eye and say, ‘I’m not going to bail on you.’”

Dr. Koufman coined the term Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR), or Silent Reflux, to draw attention to the fact that there are two populations of people with reflux. “Everyone knows that heartburn is a symptom of reflux, but not everyone realizes that coughing, hoarseness, sore throats, post nasal drip, a lump in the throat, or difficulty swallowing are all symptoms. Only half of patients with reflux actually have heartburn, so a lot of people suffering from the other symptoms don’t realize that they have reflux.”

Read the full interview at Reflux1