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Aerodigestive and Airway Surgery Program

Mission Statement: To bring knowledge to patients, caregivers, community members and pediatric health professionals regarding the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach for diagnosis, treatment and management of children who have complex airway and feeding disorders. 

For Referring Physicians

Please contact our pediatric coordinator at 858-966-1700, ext 224336.


The pediatric Aerodigestive and Airway Surgery Program at Rady Children’s Hospital consists of a multidisciplinary team of experts from Otolaryngology (ENT), Pulmonary/Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Speech-Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy that specializes in the evaluation, treatment and management of complex airway and esophageal disorders. Our weekly consultations are offered in a single location on the same day to provide ease for you and your child.  We work with you to create a comprehensive plan within two days of assessment that is tailored to your child’s specific needs. 

What to Expect

Prior to your Child’s Visit

Before your child’s visit, we will request any outside medical records and review any previous medical care that your child has received. After the information is obtained our coordinator will contact you to review your child’s history with you, obtain any additional input you may have and review the plan for your upcoming visit. Our pediatric team then will meet to carefully review your child’s history and needs to determine what procedures or treatment may be recommended. 

Day of Your Visit

On the day of your visit, our pediatric team works in groups to thoroughly evaluate your child in a single location, obtain any additional history and answer any questions you may have at that time. In-office procedures may be performed during your visit to include a fiberoptic flexible nasopharyngoscopy, laryngoscopy or a functional endoscopic evaluation of swallow (FEES). Following your visit, our pediatric team will meet again to review your child’s history, explain exam findings and discuss a comprehensive plan.  

Following Your Visit

After your visit, our pediatric coordinator will follow up with you within two days to review a detailed plan that may include any surgical or non-surgical recommendations. We also communicate with your child’s pediatrician and any referring provider regarding this plan.


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