Esophageal Center

  • Meet the Team

    Cincinnati Children’s Esophageal Center is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty, fellows and staff.
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    Pediatric Surgery

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    Maria H. Alonso-Peclet, MD
    Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

    513-636-4371

    maria.alonso@cchmc.org

    Maria H. Alonso-Peclet, MD

    Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

    Co-Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: maria.alonso@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Liver, kidney transplantation; hepatobiliary surgery; minimally invasive surgery; trauma 

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1982.

    Residency: Surgery, Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, VA.

    Fellowship: Trauma / Critical Care, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Baltimore, MD; Trauma / Burn, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Pediatric Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO; Transplantation, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Surgery, 1999; Pediatric Surgery, 2001; Surgical Critical Care, 2001.

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    Daniel von Allmen, MD
    Director, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    513-636-4371

    daniel.vonallmen@cchmc.org

    Daniel von Allmen, MD

    Director, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: daniel.vonallmen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric surgical oncology; pediatric inflammatory bowel disease; surgical innovation; surgical robotics

    Research Interests

    Oncology; innovation; surgical workforce 

    Biography

    Daniel von Allmen, MD, comes to Cincinnati from Chapel Hill, NC where he was the surgeon-in-chief and division chief at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

    Dr. von Allmen completed his general surgery training at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is currently the Program Committee chair of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He also serves on the Program Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Surgical Section of the Children’s Oncology Group.

    Dr. von Allmen's special clinical interests include pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, surgical innovation, and surgical robotics.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Vermont College of Medicine.

    Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certifications: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery.

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    Nurse Practitioners

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    Jennifer R. Bailey, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    513-636-4371

    jennifer.bailey@cchmc.org

    Jennifer R. Bailey, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Email: jennifer.bailey@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BSN: University of Cincinnati, OH 2002.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, OH 2010.

    Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), RN, MSN, FNP-BC.

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    Marilyn Stoops, MSN, APRN, CPNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    513-636-4791

    marilyn.stoops@cchmc.org

    Marilyn Stoops, MSN, APRN, CPNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4791

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: marilyn.stoops@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Hirschsprung's disease; imperforate anus; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; tracheoesophageal fistula; abdominal wall defects; outpatient follow-up

    Education and Training

    BS: Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 1991.

    MS: Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, December 1995

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 1996.


    Otolaryngology

    Robert Cotton is director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children's.

    Robin T. Cotton, MD, FACS, FRCS(C)
    Director, Aerodigestive Center

    513-636-4355

    robin.cotton@cchmc.org

    Robin T. Cotton, MD, FACS, FRCS(C)

    Director, Aerodigestive Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4355

    Fax: 513-636-8133

    Email: robin.cotton@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric airway reconstruction; congenital and acquired anomalies of the airway; cleft lip repair; cleft palate repair; dysphagia; laryngitis; laryngomalacia; otitis media; tonsillitis

    Biography

    Originally from England, Robin T. Cotton, MD, has built the world's premiere center for the diagnosis and treatment of airway abnormalities. He was instrumental in developing the Airway Management Unit, which has evolved into the Aerodigestive Center. The Aerodigestive Center is now the forefront of the multidisciplinary approach management for children with complex airway disorders.

    Dr. Cotton was the director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from1973 to 2012. The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology has become the busiest surgical subspecialties at Cincinnati Children's, with more than 36,000 visits and 15,000 surgeries each year. The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery was the first to utilize Cincinnati Children's outpatient facilities.

    Dr. Cotton has been an invited speaker to many national and international functions each year. Because of his reputation, 70 percent of his patients requiring airway surgery are from outside the Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky area.

    Together, Dr. Cotton and his colleagues have developed a world-renowned program to treat primary and specialized ear, nose and throat problems, including swallowing disorders, speech disorders and cochlear implants.

    Named one of the "Best Doctors in the United States" in 1998, Dr. Cotton and his staff have built an international reputation for the treatment of hearing and aerodigestive conditions in children.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, 1966

    Residency: General Surgery, United Birmingham Hospital, Birmingham, England, 1968; Otolaryngology Residency, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1971

    Fellowship: Otolaryngology Fellowship, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1972; Head and Neck Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1973

    Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, 1972

    Publications

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    Michael J. Rutter, MD
    Pediatric Otolaryngologist and Director of Clinical Research

    513-636-4355

    mike.rutter@cchmc.org

    Michael J. Rutter, MD

    Pediatric Otolaryngologist and Director of Clinical Research

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4355

    Fax: 513-636-8133

    Email: mike.rutter@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Tracheal reconstruction and complex airway surgery

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1997 to 2000; Health Research Council of New Zealand Training, 1995 to 1996; Fellowship in Clinical Research, New Zealand, 1996.

    FRACS: Part II, Sydney, 1996.

    Primary FRCS: Glasgow, 1989.

    BHB: Auckland School of Medicine, 1983.

    MBChB: Auckland School of Medicine, 1986.

    Residency: Various RMO posts, New Zealand Otolaryngology Training Scheme; Health Research Council of New Zealand Training Fellowship in Clinical Research.

    Certification: USMLE II, Sydney, June 1995; USMLE I, Sydney, June 1996; USMLE III, Cincinnati, July 2000; Board Certification, American Board of Otolaryngology, 1999; Ohio State Medical Board, 2001.

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    Gastroenterology

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    Scott P. Pentiuk, MD
    Pediatric Gastroenterologist

    513-636-4415

    scott.pentiuk@cchmc.org

    Scott P. Pentiuk, MD

    Pediatric Gastroenterologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Email: scott.pentiuk@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Feeding disorders, medical education

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2008.

    Publications

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    Philip E. Putnam, MD
    Director, Endoscopy Services

    513-636-4415

    philip.putnam@cchmc.org

    Philip E. Putnam, MD

    Director, Endoscopy Services

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: philip.putnam@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Eosinophilic enteritis; abdominal pain; gastroesophageal reflux; complex nutrition related to the GI tract; GI bleeding; inflammatory bowel disease; diarrhea and failure to thrive

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, 1984.

    Residency: University of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1984-1987.

    Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1988-1991.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1988; Pediatric Gastroenterology, 1995.


    Pulmonology

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    Cherie Torres-Silva, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2776

    Email: cherie.torres-silva@cchmc.org

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    Pulmonary medicine

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    Robert E. Wood, PhD, MD
    Director, Pulmonary Bronchoscopy Department

    513-636-2776

    rewood@cchmc.org

    Robert E. Wood, PhD, MD

    Director, Pulmonary Bronchoscopy Department

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2776

    Fax: 513-636-3845

    Email: rewood@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Bronchology and pulmonary alveolar proteinosis

    Biography

    Dr. Robert Wood, PhD, MD, is a pediatric pulmonary specialist, with particular interest in bronchoscopy. He has played a major role in the development of instrumentation and techniques for flexible bronchoscopy in pediatric patients. He is recognized as a teacher of endoscopic techniques, and has published many papers and book chapters on the subject. Additionally, he has extensive experience with clinical problems in pediatric pulmonary medicine, especially children with complex airway problems and cystic fibrosis.

    Before coming to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Wood was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (1976 to 1983), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983 to 1999).

    Education and Training

    PhD: Medical Physiology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1968.

    MD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1970.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1970 to 1972.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Metabolism, National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases, Bethesda, MD, 1972 to 1974; Pediatric Pulmonology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH, 1974 to 1976.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1976; Pediatric Pulmonology, 1986, 1997.

    Publications

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