About the Course


This two-hour webinar will cover everything that you need to know about upper esophageal sphincter disorders, including the most common causes of cricopharyngeal dysfunction as well as a discussion of the spectrum from minor restriction to diverticula formation.  We will learn about a variety of diagnostic modalities including high resolution manometry.  Behavioral, medical and surgical treatments, including newer interventions such as Z-POEM, will be explained.

Learning Objectives

  • Correctly name three mechanisms that contribute to upper esophageal sphincter opening. 
  • Name two different ways to diagnosis cricopharyngeal dysfunction and discuss the pitfalls of each.
  • Understand the different surgical techniques to alleviate cricopharyngeal dysfunction.

Agenda: (Eastern Time)

02:00:  The Pathophysiology of Cricopharyngeal Dysfunction 

02:20:  Diagnosing Cricopharyngeal Dysfunction 

03:05:  Treating Cricopharyngeal Dysfunction

03:50:  Questions/Summary

04:00:   Adjourn/Post-Test





  • Ashli O’Rourke

    Ashli O’Rourke, M.D., MS

    Ashli O’Rourke

    Ashli O’Rourke, M.D., MS, joined the MUSC Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice & Swallowing in September 2012. Dr. O’Rourke began her professional career as a SLP, earning her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Florida State University. After more than seven years of clinical speech therapy practice at Emory University Hospital, she attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and her fellowship in Laryngology – Voice and Swallowing disorders at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. O’Rourke treats adult patients with problems located in the larynx, airway and/or the esophagus. This includes hoarseness or voice disturbances, dysphagia, or breathing difficulties due to airway narrowing or scar. She is particularly interested in the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders as well as laryngopharyngeal reflux disease. Her research interests include innovative technologies for the diagnosis and rehabilitation of swallowing disorders. Dr. O'Rourke is board certified through the American Board of Otolaryngology and serves as a Senior Examiner for the Board.  She is a Councilor on the Board of Directors for the Dysphagia Research Society and holds the Mark & Evelyn Trammell Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology Instructor Disclosure: Dr. O’Rourke has the following financial relationship: she is a paid employee of the Medical University of South Carolina. She receives payment for this webinar from CSP. Dr. O’Rourke has the following non-financial relationship: she serves on Carolina Speech Pathology’s Advisory Board.

Refund Policy: If a course participant wishes to cancel prior to a course, submission in writing must be submitted 14 days prior to the course in order to receive a full refund. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations within 14 days of the course date.

Webinar Notice: Successful participation in this course includes completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher, then participants will automatically receive a course completion certificate. If you would like to have your participation reported to ASHA, it must be indicated on the registration form. 

If you have any questions, please email education@carolinafees.com or call 877-390-1887.