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Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic

Contact number | 202-476-2150

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.

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 most effectively treat it. 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 tailored to your child’s needs. We include you in the plan and communicate with your primary care provider.

What happens at a visit?

Your child is 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 the visit, a plan will be developed for your child.  

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

Aerodigestive Conditions We Treat

We provide comprehensive care for the full range of pediatric aerodigestive conditions. Conditions our team treats include, but are not limited to:

Adenoid and tonsil hypertrophyImmotile Cilia
Airway Anomalies (Congenital and non-congenital)Helicobacter pylori infection
Apnea/Sleep disordered breathingLaryngomalacia
AspirationLaryngeal cleft or stenosis
AsthmaParadoxical Vocal Fold Motion
BronchomalaciaPrimary Ciliary Dyskinesia
Celiac DiseaseRecurrent croup
Chronic coughSensory based feeding difficulties
Chronic SinusitisSnoring
ConstipationSubglottic stenosis
Dysphagia/feeding difficultiesTracheal anomalies
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)
Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)Tracheomalacia
Extra-esophageal reflux disease (EERD)Vocal cord paralysis

Referrals to the Aerodigestive Clinic

Patients must be seen by at least one specialist before they can be referred to the Aerodigestive Clinic. Referrals can be made by a parent or physician. If your insurance company requires a referral, one will be needed for each specialist. We schedule appointments after we receive necessary referrals and obtain all necessary patient information.

To make a referral to ADC contact us via email or call our nurse practitioner 202-476-4837.

For scheduling information, call us at 202-476-2150.

Aerodigestive Clinic Team

  • Nancy Bauman

    Nancy Bauman
    Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
    Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic

  • Claire Lawlor

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

  • Vahe Badalyan

    Vahe Badalyan
    Director, Celiac Disease Program

  • Teena Sebastian

    Teena Sebastian

  • Sona Sehgal

    Sona Sehgal

  • Dinesh Pillai

    Dinesh Pillai
    Co-Director, Severe Asthma Clinic

  • Children's National Hospital

    Maura Collins
    Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Kristi Ford

    Kristi Ford
    Nurse Practitioner