I’m a pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor. I specialize in caring for children who come to Cincinnati Children’s for help with sleep conditions and Down syndrome.
As a mother myself, it's important for me to be on the same page as the parents. Moms and dads know their children best. I work hard, alongside families, to achieve the best, most comprehensive care for my patients.
I focus on the child as a whole and help the families achieve comprehensive care. My sleep training lets me evaluate and manage sleep conditions beyond obstructive sleep apnea. I also enjoy taking care of special populations and have focused much of my research on children with Down syndrome.
Many of my experiences in pediatrics started at a young age. My father is a Cincinnati Children’s pediatric liver specialist. I would go to work with him and attend liver transplant picnics. The field of pediatric ENT fits me because I can make a significant impact with small interventions that improve the quality of a child's life. Ear tubes help a child with recurrent ear infections. Long-term care for ear, nose, and throat conditions assists a child with Down syndrome. Attentive care and guidance let a child heal after a tracheostomy tube removal.
In my research, I work to understand better obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders in children with Down syndrome. I also study ear problems and swallowing dysfunction. My team investigates surgical management of persistent obstructive sleep apnea after the adenoids and tonsils are removed. We use new technologies to study the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (cineMRI) and view the airway through drug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE).
In my free time, I enjoy being outside with my three children and my husband. During college at a Big 10 school, I was a varsity soccer player and captain. I transitioned out of college athletics by running the Flying Pig and the Chicago marathons.
MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.
Residency: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2009-2014.
Fellowship: Sleep Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014-2015; Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015-2017.
Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology, 2015; Certification in Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Otolaryngology, 2016.
Pediatric otolaryngology; sleep medicine; airway disorders; ENT disorders in children with Down syndrome; clinical research
Otolaryngology ENT, Pulmonary Medicine, Upper Airway, Sleep Disorders, Treacher Collins
Otolaryngology, Pulmonary Medicine
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Sleep Endoscopy and Cine Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation of Children With Persistent Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2023; 168:848-855.
A Word of Caution: Adenotonsillectomy May Help Reduce Central Apneas, but It Is Not a Treatment for Central Sleep Apnea. The Laryngoscope. 2023; 133:E8-E9.
Sleep Apnea in Children With Down Syndrome. Pediatrics. 2023; 151:e2022058771.
Sleep Architecture in Children With Down Syndrome With and Without Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2021; 164:1108-1115.
Demographic and Clinical Characteristics Associated With Adherence to Guideline-Based Polysomnography in Children With Down Syndrome. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2021; 164:877-883.
Effectiveness of pediatric drug-induced sleep endoscopy for REM-predominant obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep and Breathing: international journal of the science and practice of sleep medicine. 2020; 24:1705-1713.
Adherence to Guidelines for Screening Polysomnography in Children with Down Syndrome. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2019; 161:157-163.
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