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Director, Pediatric Home Ventilator Program

Director, Transitional Care Center
Medical Director, Division of Respiratory Care

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

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About Me


As a pediatric pulmonologist, I believe in partnering with families to decide the best individualized therapy for each child. I work as part of a multidisciplinary team and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of complex airway and aerodigestive disorders. I also treat children with long-term tracheostomy and ventilator dependence.

I want my aerodigestive disorder patient families to know that I communicate with every member of their child's care team. Together we develop a comprehensive treatment plan. I take the time to make sure my patient families understand the results of tests and know the next steps in a child’s evaluation and treatment.

As part of the home ventilator program team, I help families to ensure their child can breathe comfortably. We constantly assess the child’s need for ventilation at home.

I always wanted to work with families to improve the overall health of their children, especially by helping their children breathe comfortably. These families, who take such great care of their children, no matter how complex their medical needs, inspire me.

My research focuses on improving care and safety for children with tracheostomies and at-home ventilators. I am part of a team developing new life-like models to simulate flexible bronchoscopy to teach doctors to perform the procedure on children.

I’m honored to be named one of Cincinnati's Top Doctors by Cincinnati Magazine from 2017 to 2020.

When I’m not at work, I spend as much time as I can with my wife and two young sons. A favorite activity with my boys is playing with toy cars and garbage trucks. I enjoy running, biking, backpacking and hiking.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Pulmonary Medicine, Bronchoscopy, Aerodigestive and Sleep, Aerodigestive and Esophageal

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My Publications

Ultrashort Echo-Time MRI for the Assessment of Tracheomalacia in Neonates. Hysinger, EB; Bates, AJ; Higano, NS; Benscoter, D; Fleck, RJ; Hart, CK; Burg, G; De Alarcon, A; Kingma, PS; Woods, JC. Chest. 2020; 157:595-602.

Timing of Initial Posttracheostomy Surveillance Endoscopy in Pediatric Patients. Smith, MM; de Alarcon, A; Meinzen-Derr, J; Cohen, AP; Born, H; Wilcox, LJ; Benscoter, DT; Hart, CK. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2020; 162:362-366.

American Thoracic Society 2019 Pediatric Core Curriculum. Moore, PE; Boyer, D; Perkins, R; Katz, ES; Castro-Codesal, ML; MacLean, JE; Akil, N; Esther, CR; Kaslow, J; Lewis, TC; et al. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2019; 54:1880-1894.

Preparing families to care for ventilated infants at home. Benscoter, D; Borschuk, A; Hart, C; Voos, K. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. 2019; 24:101042-101042.

Direct Lung Sampling Indicates That Established Pathogens Dominate Early Infections in Children with Cystic Fibrosis. Jorth, P; Ehsan, Z; Rezayat, A; Caldwell, E; Pope, C; Brewington, JJ; Goss, CH; Benscoter, D; Clancy, JP; Singh, PK. Cell Reports. 2019; 27:1190-1204.e3.

Thoracoscopic posterior tracheopexy for tracheomalacia: A minimally invasive technique. Polites, SF; Kotagal, M; Wilcox, LJ; de Alarcon, A; Benscoter, DT; von Allmen, D. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2018; 53:2357-2360.

Going back to the ward-transitioning care back to the ward team. Herbst, LA; Desai, S; Benscoter, D; Jerardi, K; Meier, KA; Statile, AM; White, CM. Translational pediatrics. 2018; 7:314-325.

Identification of hospitalized tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patients in administrative data. Giambra, BK; Mangeot, C; Benscoter, DT; Britto, MT. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2018; 53:973-978.

Bronchiectasis, Chronic Suppurative Lung Disease and Protracted Bacterial Bronchitis. Benscoter, DT. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2018; 48:119-123.

Structure and Functions of Pediatric Aerodigestive Programs: A Consensus Statement. Boesch, RP; Balakrishnan, K; Acra, S; Benscoter, DT; Cofer, SA; Collaco, JM; Dahl, JP; Daines, CL; DeAlarcon, A; DeBoer, EM; et al. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20171701-e20171701.