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Aerodigestive care

The Aerodigestive Program at Dell Children’s provides advanced care for children with complex airway, respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders.

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Pediatric aerodigestive care at Dell's Children

Pediatric specialists at Dell Children’s Medical Center at Ascension Seton deliver advanced care for children with complex airway, respiratory and gastrointestinal tract disorders. The Aerodigestive Clinic at Dell Children’s brings together a multispecialty team that has the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage complex conditions. Your child’s care team may include pediatric otolaryngologists (ENT), pediatric pulmonologists, pediatric gastroenterologists (GI), dietitians, speech therapists, respiratory therapists and more.

Conditions we diagnose and treat

  • Airway stenosis (narrowing of the trachea windpipe)
  • Aspiration (when food or liquid enters the airway)
  • Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty)
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) (chronic immune system disease)
  • Esophageal stricture (abnormal narrowing of the esophageal lumen)
  • Feeding and respiratory disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Laryngeal cleft (malformation involving the larynx and esophagus)
  • Laryngomalacia (soft larynx)
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula (malformation involving the larynx and esophagus)
  • Tracheomalacia (when the windpipe is floppy or abnormally collapsible) 
  • Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) (when the bronchial tubes are floppy or abnormally collapsible) 
  • Vocal cord paralysis and voice disorders

All the care your child needs, all in one place

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The Aerodigestive Clinic brings together a multispecialty team in our clinic so you and your child meet with multiple specialists in one visit. Your appointment starts with a conversation between you, your child and your care team. Diagnostic testing may be recommended to help find the cause of your child’s symptoms. We take the time to explain your child’s diagnosis and answer your questions. Your child’s team of specialists works together to create a care plan that’s individualized for your child’s needs. Many care plans include medications, therapy, nutrition plans and sometimes surgery. 

Between visits, we stay in contact with you and your family as much as possible. Our nurse navigator is available to answer your questions and connect the dots for your child’s care, including scheduling appointments. 

A multispecialty approach to care

When your child has a complex condition, they can benefit from having a multispecialty team.

  • Convenience of meeting with multiple specialists in one visit.
  • Close collaboration between your child’s team of specialists, which allows for the development of an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan.
  • Coordination of endoscopic and surgical procedures, meaning that if a procedure is part of your child’s care plan, your child’s surgeons collaborate to perform multiple procedures at once to limit the amount of anesthesia your child will need.
  • After your child’s first appointment, virtual visits may be available for follow-up care.
  • Ongoing support from our nurse navigator and social worker in between visits.

Caring for the whole child

Certified child life specialists are part of our care team. These specialists are experienced in helping children manage fears, stress and other challenges while they are receiving care in our clinic. Our specialists meet with your child and family and work with you to create a care plan that supports your child’s emotional and developmental health.

Meet our care team

Stacey Clark, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngology, Medical Director of Aerodigestive Center

James Attra, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Otolaryngology

Danielle Smith, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngology

June-Ku Brian Kang, MD
Pediatric Pulmonology

Danielle Beachler, MD
Pediatric Pulmonology

Ferdinand Coste, DO
Pediatric Pulmonology

Chantal Lucia-Casadonte, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology

Anees Siddiqui, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology

E. April Jones, CPNP
Pediatric Gastroenterology

Ashley Kaspar, SLP
Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

Emily Rasco, OTR
Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Laura Salinas, RD
Registered Dietitian

Kelsi Buckley, RD
Registered Dietitian

Allison Brown, APRN, CPNP-AC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Aerodigestive care