(From the September 2014 Issue of MedStat)
The Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders Clinic, formerly the Combined Airway Clinic, utilizes a multidisciplinary and coordinated approach to care for children with chronic and complex disorders of the upper airway (pharynx and larynx), the lower airway (trachea, bronchi, and lungs) and upper digestive tract (esophagus and stomach). The clinic is run by Meredith Merz Lind, MD, from Otolaryngology, Chandar Ramanathan, MD, from Pulmonology, and Hayat Mousa, MD, from Gastroenterology who work together with an outstanding support team of speech language pathologists, nutritional specialists, social workers and nurse practitioners.
During a visit to the Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders Clinic, the child will be evaluated by the entire team on the same day in order to provide real time evaluation and treatment recommendations. This reduces the need for repeat visits to multiple subspecialists and allows for direct communication between caregivers. If operative evaluation or treatment is recommended, this can also be performed in a coordinated fashion.
Conditions treated include the following: Congenital or Acquired Airway Stenosis; Upper Airway Obstruction; Laryngeal Webs; Laryngeal Clefts; Chronic Aspiration; Swallowing Problems; Vocal Cord Paralysis; Severe Laryngomalacia; Tracheomalacia and Bronchomalacia; Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia or Chronic Lung Disease; Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease; and Upper GI Motility Disorders.
To make a referral: Fax a referral request to (614) 722-4000 or schedule by phone by calling (614) 722-6536.