Home > Gastroenterology > GERD Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on Jan 13, 2008 by BMartin, Views: 6489 Dr. John Geneczko, a gastroenterologist, discuss GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. The usual symptoms of GERD include heartburn, or even chest pain. Certain foods, alcohol, large meals, lying down soon after meals, cigarettes, and certain medications can worsen the symptoms. The constant backwash of acid through the lower esophageal sphincter can cause changes in the lining of the esophagus.