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

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery



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My Biography & Research


While I practice in all areas of pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat or ENT), I have a special interest in feeding problems in children (pediatric dysphagia) and abnormal resonance when speaking (velopharyngeal insufficiency).

Often, several treatment paths could be followed to get the same result, and I enjoy working with the family to determine the best option to manage their child. I also feel that many patients are best served by multidisciplinary care teams, and I participate in several multidisciplinary clinics. I direct the Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, the Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES) Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic.

In my research, we seek to the learn the best treatment methods to use when managing patients with feeding and speech resonance problems. Other research interests include hearing loss, cleft lip and palate, and ENT conditions.

Clinical Interests

Congenital atresia of the ear and pediatric trauma.

Research Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Feeding and Swallowing Problems, Otolaryngology ENT, Aerodigestive and Sleep, Ear and Hearing, Craniofacial Disorders, 22Q-VCFS, Speech-Language Pathology, Aerodigestive and Esophageal

Research Divisions


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My Education

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.

My Publications

Competency-Based Assessment Tool for Pediatric Tracheotomy: International Modified Delphi Consensus. Propst, EJ; Wolter, NE; Ishman, SL; Balakrishnan, K; Deonarain, AR; Mehta, D; Zalzal, G; Pransky, SM; Roy, S; III, MC M; et al. The Laryngoscope. 2020; 130:2700-2707.

The use of videos in preparation for pediatric otolaryngology cases—a national survey. Redmann, AJ; Willging, JP; Roby, BB. (2020) Elsevier BV. 138:110329-110329.

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing in Infants and Children: Protocol, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy: 25 Years of Experience. Miller, CK; Willging, JP. The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology. 2020; 129:469-481.

How design characteristics of tracheostomy tubes affect the cannula and tracheal flows. Subramaniam, DR; Willging, JP; Gutmark, EJ; Oren, L. The Laryngoscope. 2019; 129:1791-1799.

Swallowing dynamics status post caustic ingestion in a pediatric patient: A multidisciplinary case report. Miller, CK; Rutter, MJ; von Allmen, D; Stoops, M; Putnam, P; Stevens, L; Willging, JP. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2016; 86:4-8.

A Systematic Review of Patient- or Proxy-Reported Validated Instruments Assessing Pediatric Dysphagia. Myer, CM; Howell, RJ; Cohen, AP; Willging, JP; Ishman, SL. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2016; 154:817-823.