Neurogastroenterology & Motility Center

Hartford HealthCare’s Neurogastroenterology & Motility Center is a comprehensive program dedicated to the holistic care of patients with complex gastrointestinal motility disorders.

Neurogastroenterology and Motility Center

Led by nationally renowned experts, Dr. Mayra Sanchez and Dr. Amir Masoud, the Center is staffed by a team of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and allied health professionals who have specialized training in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with motility disorders. As a regional referral center, our specialists will work collaboratively with your doctors to provide an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized care plan to achieve optimal results.

Our Team

Amir Masoud



Connecticut GI, PC
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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Fairfield, CT 06824
Mayra Sanchez De La Cruz



Connecticut GI, PC
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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Fairfield, CT 06824

Our Team Includes:

  • Advanced Endoscopists
  • Advanced Practice Providers
  • Behavioral Health Specialists
  • Dieticians
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Nurses
  • Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Therapists
  • Surgeons
  • Speech and Language Pathologists

What We Treat

Gastrointestinal motility disorders can be defined as disorders of the GI tract in which the nerves and muscles do not function properly. They can affect any part of the system including the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, large bowel, and anal sphincter. Some of the most common disorders include:

  • Achalasia
  • Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
  • Gastroparesis
  • Chronic nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic
  • Esophageal motility disorders
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pulmonary complications of GERD
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Systemic sclerosis (affecting the GI tract)

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a disorder characterized by severe and recurrent episodes of vomiting (emesis). This rare disorder is only seen in chronic, long term, and daily marijuana users. The first cases described in the literature date back just over a decade and therefore CHS is a relatively new disorder that can often go undiagnosed—or misdiagnosed—for many years.

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Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome

Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a disorder marked by recurrent and unexplained episodes of severe nausea and vomiting. These can last for several hours to even days and are followed by symptom free periods. Each episode or “attack” can be similar—starting at the same time of day and even lasting for the same amount of time--and the hallmark of the disorder is the presence of the “free days” without symptoms.

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What We Do

Hartford HealthCare Neurogastroenterology and Motility Center offers the most state of the art diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions enabling us to identify and treat even the most difficult cases. The testing process is customized to each patient to obtain the most accurate diagnosis and develop the best treatment plan.

GI Motility Testing

  • Breath testing
  • Colonic motility testing
  • Esophageal pH/impedance testing
  • High Resolution Anorectal Manometry
  • High Resolution Antroduodenal Manometry
  • High Resolution Esophageal Manometry
  • Impedance planimetry (endoFLIP)
  • Wireless motility capsule (SmartPill)
  • Wireless pH monitoring (BRAVO Testing)

Therapeutic Motility Procedures

  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Endoscopic stricture dilation
  • Gastric Electrical Stimulation (Enterra)
  • Gastric-POEM
  • Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
  • Per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)
  • Pneumatic dilation for achalasia
  • Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)

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