Aerodigestive and Airway Reconstruction Center

Disorders of the airway, esophagus and upper gastrointestinal tract often need complicated medical and surgical care. This can lead to multiple appointments with different specialists who may offer complicated and sometimes contradictory information.

The pediatric Aerodigestive and Airway Reconstruction team at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health works together to streamline this process by coordinating all parts 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 (ENT), pulmonary (lung) medicine, gastroenterology (dealing with the digestive tract), pediatric surgery and speech-language issues. Together, the aerodigestive and airway reconstruction team organizes clinic visits, diagnostic tests and operating room procedures among all necessary health care providers to provide the highest quality of care. This coordination and communication among many departments increases patient safety, improves results and reduces discomfort.

One of our center’s primary goals is the treatment of children with disorders affecting the airway. We are one of the busiest pediatric airway centers in the United States.

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Meet the Director

Douglas Sidell, MD, and the Aerodigestive and Airway Reconstruction 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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