Aerodigestive Center

Coordinated care for complex conditions

Disorders of the airway, esophagus and upper gastrointestinal tract often require complex medical and surgical care. This can lead to multiple appointments with different specialists who may offer complicated and sometimes contradictory information. The pediatric aerodigestive team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford works together to streamline this process by coordinating all aspects of patient care, constantly striving to provide the best outcome for each patient.

Our dedicated team consists of specialists from the departments of otolaryngology- head and neck surgery, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, pediatric surgery and speech-language pathology. Together, the aerodigestive team organizes clinic visits, diagnostic tests and operating room procedures among all necessary health care providers to ensure the highest quality of care. This coordination and interdisciplinary communication maximizes patient safety, improves results and minimizes discomfort.

Meet the Director


Douglas Sidell, MD, and the Aerodigestive team, help children with problems involving the neck, airway, ears, nose and throat. When a patient is able to breathe and sleep better, become more active in sports and hear better in the classroom, our team knows they are making a difference.

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