Services & Specialties
Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center

Expert Aerodigestive & Esophageal Care

The Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center at Cincinnati Children’s is internationally known for our team approach to caring for children with airway and esophageal disorders. We have the multidisciplinary expertise to treat even the most complex esophageal, airway, pulmonary, upper digestive tract, sleep and feeding disorders. The center is equipped to treat a wide variety of conditions, both surgically and non-surgically.

How We’re Different

At Cincinnati Children’s, specialists from different disciplines – including otolaryngology, pulmonology, pediatric surgery, gastroenterology, nutrition services and speech pathology services – collaborate in a single location to prepare a comprehensive care plan. All of the specialists, social workers and nurse practitioners attend a weekly meeting to review each child’s case and develop and discuss the plan.

When treating complex aerodigestive and esophageal conditions, coordination and true expertise count. Your child’s initial, comprehensive evaluation involves multiple specialists and is completed over a three to five day period, depending on your child’s specific needs.

Our core team consists of faculty from six divisions at Cincinnati Children’s, with support from additional areas:

This close collaboration among specialists creates advantages for your family:

  • Comprehensive evaluation involving multiple divisions is completed over a three to five day period, depending on your child's needs.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to care helps us to minimize the time your child spends under anesthesia.
  • All physicians share a single patient record and develop a collaborative treatment plan.
  • We maintain continuity of care throughout the entire length of treatment.

We consider you, your child and your family to be integral parts of our team. The family-centered care philosophy is a core value in every aspect of our clinical and research practice.

At the heart of family-centered care is the belief that healthcare providers and the family are partners, working together to best meet the needs of the child.

You and your family provide your child’s primary strength and support. Your insights can give us a better understanding of how to improve programs and create more effective systems.

The center includes an active clinical research program that focuses on improving clinical care. Our research focuses on quality-of-life measures, efficiency of treatment and patient outcomes.