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The Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders 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 and staff.
Lisa Kelchner, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S Clinical Research Speech Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Clinical Research Speech Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Voice and swallowing disorders
Lisa Kelchner, MD, is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati, where she is dedicated to the graduate education and training of future clinicians and researchers. She currently teaches graduate coursework in the area of voice and swallowing disorders to both campus and distance learning students. Research areas of interest include swallowing, voice and complex airway disorders. She is actively involved in basic, translational, and clinical research focused on how the voice can be used to indicate the competence of the larynx in airway protection and investigating the role of lingual pressures in swallowing disorders. She has established a voice and swallowing research lab at the University of Cincinnati where masters and doctoral students have collaborative projects with area hospitals and physician practices. Since 2005, Dr. Kelchner has been a clinical research affiliate in the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center where she is part of an interdisciplinary team dedicated to the clinical care and research of voice outcomes in children who post airway reconstruction. Dr. Kelchner has numerous publications and regularly contributes presentations to scientific and clinical forums.
Kelchner LN, Weinrich B, Brehm SB, Tabangin ME, de Alarcon A. Characterization of supraglottic phonation in children after airway reconstruction. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2010 Jun;119(6):383-90.
Murugappan S, Boyce S, Khosla S, Kelchner L, Gutmark E. Acoustic characteristics of phonation in "wet voice" conditions. J Acoust Soc Am. 2010 Apr;127(4):2578-89.
Musser J, Kelchner L, Neils-Strunjas J, Montrose M. A Comparison of Rating Scales Used in the Diagnosis of Extraesophageal Reflux. J Voice. 2010 Mar 2.
Groves-Wright KJ, Boyce S, Kelchner L. Perception of wet vocal quality in identifying penetration/aspiration during swallowing. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2010 Jun;53(3):620-32.
de Alarcon A, Brehm SB, Kelchner LN, Meinzen-Derr J, Middendorf J, Weinrich B. Comparison of pediatric voice handicap index scores with perceptual voice analysis in patients following airway reconstruction. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2009 Aug;118(8):581-6.
Brehm SB, Weinrich B, Zieser M, Kelchner L, Middendorf J, Elluru R, de Alarcon A. Aerodynamic and acoustic assessment in children following airway reconstruction: an assessment of feasibility. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Jul;73(7):1019-23.
Kelchner LN, Brehm SB, Weinrich B, Middendorf J, deAlarcon A, Levin L, Elluru R. Perceptual evaluation of severe pediatric voice disorders: rater reliability using the consensus auditory perceptual evaluation of voice. J Voice. 2010 Jul;24(4):441-9.
Kelchner LN, Miller CK. Current research in voice and swallowing outcomes following pediatric airway reconstruction. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Jun;16(3):221-5. Review.
Krival K, Kelchner LN, Weinrich B, Baker SE, Lee L, Middendorf JH, Zur KB. Vibratory source, vocal quality and fundamental frequency following pediatric laryngotracheal reconstruction. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Aug;71(8):1261-9.
Kelchner, L.; Brehm, S.; and Weinrich, B.: Pediatric Voice: A Modern, Collaborative Approach to Care. Plural Publishing, Inc.: 1st ed., 2014.
Janet H. Middendorf, MA, CCC-SLP Clinical Manager, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Robin T. Cotton, MD, FACS, FRCS(C) Director, Aerodigestive Center
Director, Aerodigestive Center
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
UC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Pediatric airway reconstruction; congenital and acquired anomalies of the airway; cleft lip repair; cleft palate repair; dysphagia; laryngitis; laryngomalacia; otitis media; tonsillitis
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 from 1973 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.
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
Prager JD, Hopkins BS, Propst EJ, Shott SR, Cotton RT. Oropharyngeal stenosis: a complication of multilevel, single-stage upper airway surgery in children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Nov;136(11):1111-5.
Cotton RT, Cohen AP. Eco-conservation and healthcare ethics: a call to action. Laryngoscope. 2010 Jan;120(1):4-8.
Burrow TA, Saal HM, de Alarcon A, Martin LJ, Cotton RT, Hopkin RJ. Characterization of congenital anomalies in individuals with choanal atresia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jun;135(6):543-7.
Propst EJ, Lin EP, Istaphanous GK, Boesch RP, Ryckman FC, Cotton RT, Rutter MJ. Management of traumatic tracheobronchial separation in a teenager using a fabricated extra-long endotracheal tube. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Aug;73(8):1163-7.
Hart CK, Richter GT, Cotton RT, Rutter MJ. Arytenoid prolapse: a source of obstruction following laryngotracheoplasty. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 May;140(5):752-6.
Wootten CT, Goudy SL, Rutter MJ, Willging JP, Cotton RT. Airway injury complicating excision of thyroglossal duct cysts. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Jun;73(6):797-801.
Fricke BL, Abbott MB, Donnelly LF, Dardzinski BJ, Poe SA, Kalra M, Amin RS, Cotton RT. Upper airway volume segmentation analysis using cine MRI findings in children with tracheostomy tubes. Korean J Radiol. 2007 Nov-Dec;8(6):506-11.
Schraff SA, Zur KB, Jacobs I, Darrow DH, Cotton RT, Rutter MJ. The clinical relevance of the submucosal cricoid cleft. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Jul;71(7):1099-104.
Johnson LB, Cotton RT, Rutter MJ. Management of symptomatic tracheal pouches. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Apr;71(4):527-31.
Azizkhan RG, Rutter MJ, Cotton RT, Lim LH, Cohen AP, Mason JL. Lymphatic malformations of the tongue base. J Pediatr Surg. 2006 Jul;41(7):1279-84.
Alessandro de Alarcon, MD, MPH Director, Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s
Director, Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s
UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Airway reconstruction; pediatric voice disorders; pediatric sinonasal conditions; eosinophilic esophagitis; health outcomes research; quality improvement in health care
Cortina S, McGraw K, Dealarcon A, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME, Drotar D. Psychological Functioning of Children and Adolescents With Eosinophil-Associated Gastrointestinal Disorders. Child Health Care. 2010 Oct;39(4):266-278.
Kelchner LN, Brehm SB, Weinrich B, Middendorf J, deAlarcon A, Levin L, Elluru R. Perceptual evaluation of severe pediatric voice disorders: rater reliability using the consensus auditory perceptual evaluation of voice. J Voice. 2010 Jul;24(4):441-9.Richter GT, Rutter MJ, deAlarcon A, Orvidas LJ, Thompson DM. Late-onset laryngomalacia: a variant of disease. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Jan;134(1):75-80.de Alarcón A, Kesser BW, Jahrsdoerfer RA. Congenital Absence of the Oval Window: Diagnosis, Surgery, and Audiometric Outcomes. Otology & Neurotology. 2008;29(1):23-8.Becker SS, de Alarcón A, Bomeli SR, Han JK, Gross CW. Risk Factors for Recurrent Sinus Surgery in Cystic Fibrosis: Review of a Decade of Experience. American Journal of Rhinology. 2007;21(4):478-82.de Alarcón A, Choo DI. Controversies in Aural Atresia Repair. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery. 2007;15(5):310-314.de Alarcón A, Steinke JW, Caughey R, Barekzi E, Hise K, Gross CW, Han JK, Borish L. Expression of leukotriene C4 synthase and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 gene promoter polymorphisms in sinusitis. American Journal of Rhinology. 2006;20(5): 545-549.
Ravindhra G. Elluru, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
General pediatric otolaryngology; airway reconstruction; head and neck tumors; hearing loss and otologic disease; plastic surgery; vascular malformations
Molecular genetics of upper respiratory tract anomalies
Dr. Ravi Elluru obtained his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and completed a residency in otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. After residency Dr. Elluru completed an accredited fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology with an emphasis on treating children with disorders of the upper aerodigestive tract. Dr. Elluru enjoys treating a broad variety of ear, nose, and throat conditions in children.
Dr. Elluru has been part of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center for the last nine years. He helps the team manage vascular anomalies of the airway, head and neck. He has expertise in laser ablation and surgical excision of head and neck vascular anomalies, and facial reconstruction. His research interests include developing algorithms for treatment of complex head and neck vascular anomalies, and in creating diagnostic modalities to measure the burden of disease in children with vascular anomalies.
J. Paul Willging, MD Director, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, FEES Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic
Director, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, FEES Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic
Congenital atresia of the ear and pediatric trauma.
Hearing loss issues; cleft lip and palate patients, ear, nose and throat; ENT anomalies
Jay P. Willging, MD, is certified to practice in Ohio and Kentucky. He is a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Willging enjoys all areas of otolaryngology and has a special interest in congenital atresia of the ear and pediatric trauma.
A member of several multi-disciplinary teams, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Craniofacial Team, the Velopharyngeal Function and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (Insufficiency) Clinic and the Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow Clinic, he is highly respected for his expertise.
The Craniofacial Team brings together Pediatric Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Child Psychology, Human Genetics, Speech Pathology and Nutrition to extensively evaluate and manage children with cleft lip and cleft palate issues, as well as other children with craniofacial anomalies.
The Velopharyngeal Function and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (Insufficiency) Clinic brings together Otolaryngology, Speech-Language Pathology and Human Genetics to evaluate children with complex speech difficulties.
The Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow Clinic (FEES) brings together Otolaryngology and Speech-Language Pathology to evaluate children with swallowing disorders.
In addition to ongoing research, Dr. Willging performs surgery and sees children at numerous locations, making treatment more convenient and accessible for his patients.
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