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Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic

Contact number | 202-476-2159

The Aerodigestive Clinic provides comprehensive, coordinated care to children with complex problems involving the airway (lungs), digestive tract and feeding. It’s one of the many highly specialized clinics we offer at Children’s National Hospital.

Choosing the Aerodigestive Clinic at Children’s National

There are many benefits to your child receiving care at a specialized clinic. Most importantly, you can feel confident that every specialist working with your child has expert knowledge of his or her condition and how to treat it most effectively. Our clinic offers:

  • A team approach. Our clinic combines the expertise of specialists across the Children’s National network, including ENT, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, sleep disorders and speech therapy.
  • One-stop care. Our collaborative approach means better care for your child in one appointment, at one location, where your child can see all specialists together. Follow up appointments are scheduled as needed with the entire team or specific providers.
  • Personalized treatment. We develop a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan with your family and child's care team that is tailored to meeting their unique needs.

What to Expect During Your Visit to the Aerodigestive Clinic

During your child's clinic visit, they will be seen individually by each of the specialists. A fiberoptic flexible scope is recommended for some patients during the clinic visit. This is a procedure where the airway above the vocal cords is examined by placing a small camera through the nose. A feeding evaluation and pulmonary function test may also be completed. At the completion of your visit, the providers will meet and finalize a treatment plan for your child. This plan will be shared with you and your primary care provider.

The plan may include recommending additional or changes to medications, additional testing (such as blood work and x-rays), and further evaluations including a modified barium swallow, full feeding evaluation or FEES (fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing). For some patients, an intraoperative evaluation of the upper airway, lower airway, esophagus and stomach may be recommended which will be scheduled for a later date.  

Contact Information

For more information or to schedule with the Aerodigestive Clinic, please call  202-476-2159. To make a referral, please email us or call our program coordinator at 202-476-8389.

Aerodigestive Clinic Team

  • Nancy Bauman

    Nancy Bauman
    Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
    Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic
    Otolaryngologist

  • Claire Lawlor

    Claire Lawlor
    Co-Director, Advanced Sleep Apnea Program
    Associate Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
    Otolaryngologist

  • Vahe Badalyan

    Vahe Badalyan
    Director, Celiac Disease Program
    Gastroenterologist

  • Teena Sebastian

    Teena Sebastian
    Gastroenterologist

  • Sona Sehgal

    Sona Sehgal
    Gastroenterologist

  • Dinesh Pillai

    Dinesh Pillai
    Co-Director, Severe Asthma Clinic
    Pulmonologist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Maura Collins
    Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Kristi Ford

    Kristi Ford
    Nurse Practitioner