Pediatric Aerodigestive Center

At the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center, we diagnose and treat a range of breathing and swallowing disorders.

Contact Us

Meet our team at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Cleft-Craniofacial Center and learn about our treatment options, or contact UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at 412-692-8650.

About the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center

We treat children with complex airway and swallowing disorders who need specialized care. We offer advanced tests and surgeries that are only available in a small number of centers.

We also provide a range of non-medical therapies, like occupational therapy. Our staff works together to provide child-friendly care. This team approach ensures the best outcome for your child.

Our holistic care takes into account the unique needs of your child and loved ones. We include family members as part of the care team. We support you throughout the process.

Aerodigestive conditions we treat

Common aerodigestive conditions we diagnose and treat include:

  • Care for patients with tracheostomy.
  • Congenital and acquired airway disorders.
  • Swallowing disorders.

Find a full list of the conditions we treat.

Learn how we diagnose and treat these aerodigestive conditions.

Why Choose UPMC Children's Pediatric Aerodigestive Center?

Each year, we care for around 2,000 children who need our advanced expertise and technology. We provide cutting edge testing and surgical therapies, including laser and robotic techniques. Families come to our center from across Pennsylvania, as well as surrounding states.

Our dedicated team members are top experts in a wide range of aerodigestive specialties. They will ensure your child gets access to the best treatment available. We also conduct research studies, so we can improve care for children across the country.

For children with conditions that affect more than the airway, we offer a multidisciplinary clinic. This clinic includes ear, nose, and throat specialists (ENTs), gastroenterologists, and pulmonologists.

This way, your child can see many specialists in one visit. Your child's doctors can work together to ensure optimal and coordinated care.

We make every effort to educate and inform family members at every step. For example, for children who need a tracheostomy, we provide an in-depth simulation training for caregivers. Our goal is to ensure you feel confident and supported to manage your child's condition at home.

Our Multidisciplinary Team

We ensure you see the right experts for your child's condition. Our staff includes the following experts.

Physicians and surgeons

  • Airway surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Craniofacial and maxillofacial surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiologists
  • Sleep specialists

Other medical professionals

  • Nurse practitioners
  • Occupational therapists
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Physician assistants
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Tracheotomy education specialists
  • Social workers
  • Speech language pathologists

Learn more about our experts at the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center.

Referral Requirements for the Aerodigestive Center

Although your health insurance may not require a specialist referral, a referral order from a provider referring your child to the Aerodigestive Center is required.

We receive referrals from across Pennsylvania, as well as Maryland, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia. Before scheduling, verify with your insurer and referring provider whether your plan is in-network.

Prior authorization may be required from your health insurance depending on your health plan's network and the care your child needs. Please ensure all referrals and prior authorizations are secured prior to your visit. This will ensure the services we provide will be covered by your health insurance.