Pediatric Aerodigestive and Feeding Disorder Program

The Pediatric Aerodigestive and Feeding Disorder program provides care and treatment to children and adolescents with airway, breathing and swallowing disorders caused by problems in the aerodigestive tract (throat, lungs, esophagus and stomach).

Our expert team includes specialists from pulmonary medicine, interventional pulmonology, gastroenterology, nutrition, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery, as well as speech, language and occupational therapy.

Conditions we treat:

  • Aspiration and recurrent pneumonia
  • Airway obstruction from tumors or other growths
  • Bronchomalacia, tracheomalacia and airway collapsibility
  • Chronic cough
  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal atresia
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux with persistent symptoms
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Stridor
  • Stenosis of the airways (narrowing), including glottic, tracheal and bronchial
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Vocal cord dysfunction/paralysis
  • Other medically complex thoracic diseases requiring coordinated subspecialty care

Our feeding disorders team consists of gastroenterologists; nutritionist; occupational, speech and language therapists; pediatric surgery and a behaviorist. Together they provide a unified approach to treat the following conditions:

  • Cranial facial abnormalities
  • Developmental or neurological disorders 
  • Dysphagia
  • Failure to thrive
  • G tube or NG tube management, tube feeding dependency
  • Intestinal failure 
  • Minimal diversity in diet
  • Oral aversions: sensory & or texture issues
  • “Picky eaters”
  • TE fistula, laryngeal Cleft, vocal cord paralysis
  • Tracheotomy 

Patient Information

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We expertly treat children with life-threatening and chronic respiratory diseases and conditions.

Our Faculty

Alia Bazzy-Asaad, MD

Co-Director Pediatric Pulmonology

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory)

Jonathan Puchalski, MD

Co-Director Interventional Bronchoscopist

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)

Arik Alper, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (GI)

Michael Caty, MD, MMM

Robert Pritzker Professor of Surgery (Pediatrics) and Professor of Pediatrics

Robert Cowles, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Pediatrics)

Susannah E Hills

Attending Pediatric Otolaryngologist