Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders

  • Meet the Team

    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.

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    Care Team

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    Lisa Kelchner, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S
    Clinical Research Speech Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-558-8518

    lisa.kelchner@cchmc.org

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    Lisa Kelchner, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S

    Clinical Research Speech Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-558-8518

    Email: lisa.kelchner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Voice and swallowing disorders

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 2001.

    Certification: Board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders (2005-current); Clinical Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Pathology (1978-current).

    Publications

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    Janet H. Middendorf, MA, CCC-SLP
    Clinical Manager, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    janet.middendorf@cchmc.org


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    Barbara D. Weinrich, PhD
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    barbara.weinrich@cchmc.org

    Otolaryngologists

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    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 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.

    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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    Alessandro de Alarcon, MD, MPH
    Director, Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s

    513-636-4355

    alessandro.dealarcon@cchmc.org

    Alessandro de Alarcon, MD, MPH

    Director, Center for Pediatric Voice Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4355

    Fax: 513-636-8133

    Email: alessandro.dealarcon@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Airway reconstruction; pediatric voice disorders; pediatric sinonasal conditions; eosinophilic esophagitis; health outcomes research; quality improvement in health care 

    Education and Training

    MD: VCU School of Medicine.

    Residency: University of Virginia Health Systems.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, 2007.

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    Ravindhra G. Elluru, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4355

    Fax: 513-636-2886

    Email: ravi.elluru@cchmc.org

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    Clinical Interests

    General pediatric otolaryngology; airway reconstruction; head and neck tumors; hearing loss and otologic disease; plastic surgery; vascular malformations

    Research Interests

    Molecular genetics of upper respiratory tract anomalies

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    MD - PhD: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, 1996.

    Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

    Certification: Otolaryngology, 2002.

    Publications

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    J. Paul Willging, MD
    Director, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, FEES Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic

    513-636-4355

    paul.willging@cchmc.org

    J. Paul Willging, MD

    Director, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, FEES Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4355

    Fax: 513-636-8133

    Email: paul.willging@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Congenital atresia of the ear and pediatric trauma.

    Hearing loss issues; cleft lip and palate patients, ear, nose and throat; ENT anomalies

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1985.

    Residency: Department of General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1985 to 1987; Otolaryngology Residency, Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1987 to 1991.

    Fellowship: Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1991 to 1992.

    Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, 1992.