Aerodigestive Center

The Pediatric Aerodigestive Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC diagnosis and treats all types of airway, breathing, and swallowing disorders.

Our dedicated team provides medical and surgical care for children with:

  • Airway or voice disorders
  • Swallowing problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Related issues such as malnutrition and acid reflux (GERD)

Aerodigestive Conditions We Treat

The types of disorders appropriate for referral to the center include:

  • Severe subglottic stenosis
  • Posterior glottic stenosis
  • Supraglottic stenosis
  • Combination stenoses
  • Revision cases
  • Stent cases
  • Reflux diagnostic dilemmas affecting the airway
  • Laryngeal clefts
  • Laryngotracheoesophageal clefts
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Base of tongue/epiglottic collapse
  • Severe sleep apnea
  • Voice/resonance dilemmas
  • Failure of tracheotomy decannulation

Your Child's Treatment Team at the Aerodigestive Center

The center's multidisciplinary team provides care as needed.

Our staff includes:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Craniofacial and maxillofacial surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiologists
  • Respiratory and feeding therapists
  • Respiratory therapy tracheotomy education specialists
  • Sleep specialists
  • Social workers
  • Speech therapists

Learn more about the advanced techniques we use to diagnose and treat children with aerodigestive disorders.

Pediatric Aerodigestive Center Staff

Communication Disorders

Heather A. Carr, MA, CCC-SLP

Katherine White, MA, CCC-SLP

Respiratory Therapy

Jan Senkinc, AS, RRT, Respiratory Education Coordinator

Referral Requirements for the Aerodigestive Center

As a comprehensive resource center, the Aerodigestive Center is available to your child, referring physicians, and surgeons who may request diagnoses, second opinions, treatment plans, and definitive treatment.

We require referrals from primary care doctors or other Children’s Hospital specialty services. We also may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician if your child is enrolled in managed care insurance plans.

We must receive all necessary referral and authorization forms before your child's visit.

For accurate provider numbers or more information, please call our office.