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Aerodigestive Clinic at Phoenix Children's Hospital

ENT, Otolaryngology

The Aerodigestive Clinic at Phoenix Children's Hospital is the only program in the Southwest to offer coordinated care from the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Gastrointestinal (G.I.), Pulmonary departments to those children with complex problems in swallowing, breathing and feeding. And because we’re exclusively a children’s hospital, we’re focused on family-centered care.

Specialized diagnostic testing and access to pediatric specialists - in addition to the Hospital's family-centered focus - makes the pediatric specialists at Phoenix Children's Hospital uniquely qualified to treat pediatric patients with complex aerodigestive conditions. Patients receive coordinated care from several providers, fast test results and expert guidance.

A multidisciplinary team leads the way

OtolaryngologyDr. Scott Schraff, a board-certified otolaryngologist who only treats children, co-leads the Aerodigestive Clinic.  Dr. Schraff is the only fellowship-trained specialist dedicated to the management of complex airway diseases in children.

 

 

Gastroeneterology, Aerodigestive ClinicDr. Dana Ursea, a board-certified gastroenterologist who only treats children, is a co-leader of the Aerodigestive Clinic.  Dr. Ursea is the only fellowship-trained specialist dedicated to the management of feeding and swallowing disturbances as well as gastrointestinal problems in children.

 

 

Pulmonology, Aerodigestive ClinicDr. James Woodward, a board-certified pulmonologist who only treats children, also co-leads the Aerodigestive Clinic.  Dr. Woodward is the only fellowship-trained specialist dedicated to the management of neuromuscular respiratory problems as well as aerodigestive disorders in children.

 

Collaborative care that is 100% for children

Otolaryngology

Dr. Schraff, Dr. Ursea, Dr. Woodward and their team are dedicated to managing aerodigestive-related conditions by doing a comprehensive evaluation to find the source of the child's disorder and by finding the best treatment.

Recommendations can be made collaboratively or individually about a patient's next steps, and each decision is made on a case-by-case basis.  So while surgery is an option for some breathing, swallowing or feeding conditions, many of these diagnoses can be treated medically.

And, if surgery or an endoscopy is required, this can be coordinated between the ENT, G.I. and Pulmonary staff so that your child receives only one procedure. This ultimately reduces the risks of multiple anesthesia, recovery time and costs.

After being referred to the Aerodigestive Clinic, your child will be seen by a multidisciplinary team consisting of pulmonary specialists and/or gastrointestinal specialists to create a personalized treatment plan to meet the comprehensive needs of the child. 

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