Aerodigestive and Tracheostomy Clinic

Your child deserves to be treated as a whole person, not just a set of symptoms or problems. At the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Aerodigestive and Tracheostomy Clinic, we focus on a holistic, individualized approach when caring for your child. Our coordinated approach to care, bridging multiple specialties, meets the need to treat children with complex airway disorders.

Ranked among the top otolaryngology programs nationally, our clinic provides comprehensive, coordinated evaluation and management of complex airway and swallowing disorders.

For children with a trach tube, our goal is to provide a pathway for decannulation—the removal of the tracheostomy tube.

Our approach

Our program is the only multidisciplinary clinic for complex airway and swallowing disorders. We take a team approach that includes experts from multiple specialties. We evaluate your child and create a treatment plan to provide the most advanced, most comprehensive care.

Instead of making multiple appointments to see each of these experts, you make a single appointment, and each member of the care team is there to visit with your child. This coordination means quicker care, quicker decisions, and a better experience for you and your child.

Multidisciplinary care is especially important for children with a trach tube. It improves communication and our ability to diagnose and manage your child’s condition.

Your child’s care team includes otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, speech-language pathologists, and respiratory therapists all specially trained to care for children.

Evaluation of your child

Our experts use triple endoscopies to evaluate the airway and gastrointestinal tract in the same session. This means your child is only placed under anesthesia once, which lowers the risks of complications. After the evaluation, our team of experts meet to develop a strategy for managing your child’s care.

Conditions treated

  • Airway stenosis
  • Chronic aspiration
  • Congenital tracheal rings
  • Cricopharyngeal achalasia
  • Decannulation and tracheostomy
  • Esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • G-tube
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Glottic stenosis
  • Laryngeal clefts
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Laryngotracheal clefts
  • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
  • Stridor
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheobronchomalacia
  • TE fistula
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Swallowing disorders (Dysphagia)

Surgical procedures offered

  • Airway reconstruction
  • Cricotracheal reconstruction
  • Laryngeal cleft repair
  • Laryngeal reinnervation
  • Laryngotracheal reconstruction
  • Slide tracheoplasty
  • Supraglottoplasty
  • Tracheal resection

Patient Stories

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    21291 Pomerantz Family Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Elevator L, Level 2
    • 1-319-356-2201

Other Team Members

Speech Language Pathologist

  • Scott Dailey, PhD
  • Emily Norman, MA
  • Brandon Viet, MA