Aerodigestive Center

Putting Children with Complex Conditions at the Center of Collaborative Care

We offer a multidisciplinary approach to aerodigestive care that combines gastroenterology (GI) (feeding, stomach, liver), pulmonology (lungs) and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat.)  Our team evaluates and treats children with disorders involving the upper digestive tract, airway and respiratory/pulmonary systems.

Call us at 404-785-1161 for more information. Our fax number is 404-785-9087.

Your Child's Visit

  • Referrals

      Complete our online referral form or download a PDF version and fax it to us at 404-785-9087. You can also call us at 404-785-1161.

      Children may be referred for either ongoing care and management of their aerodigestive concerns or for a multidisciplinary consultation.

      Ongoing care

      If you refer for ongoing care and management, our team will evaluate your patient during a clinic visit. Ongoing management will be provided by our team, which includes a gastroenterologist, a pulmonologist, an otolaryngologist, a respiratory therapist, a nurse practitioner, nurses, a nutritionist and a speech-language therapist.

      Multidisciplinary consultation

      If you refer for a multidisciplinary aerodigestive consultation, our team will evaluate your patient for a consultative visit. We  may diagnose and treat the patient at the time of the visit, but we will send him back to you and other specialists for ongoing care and management with our recommendations. We may order and perform diagnostic tests to help with our evaluation.

  • Scheduling, Appointments and Forms
  • What to Bring

      - Bring your completed new patient forms.

      - We'll ask you to present a photo I.D. and insurance cards.

      - Gather any records or test results from other doctors about your child's lungs, feeding, stomach or ear, nose and throat issues. If you can, fax these records to us at 404-785-9087 before your child’s visit. Your doctors can also fax us the records.

      - Note any questions you may have for the team. 

      - Your child's visit may take up to three hours, so bring any medicines your child will need. You may also bring bottles, snacks or water and a favorite toy or blanket for your child.

  • Locations and Services

      Locations

      View our locations.

       

      Services

      Egleston hospital
      Aerodigestive Multidisciplinary Clinic

      What to Expect: You child will see specialists that work with the lungs, feeding, stomach or ear, nose and throat. Because your child will be seeing several specialists during the same visit, plan on spending up to three hours.

      - We are located at the 6th Floor Transplant Center.

      - Learn about parking at Egleston.

      - If you have questions, call us at 404-785-1161.

       

      Egleston hospital
      Aerodigestive Day Surgery Procedures

      What to Expect: Our team may want your child to have some diagnostic surgical procedures. We arrange these together so we lessen sedation for your child. You will be with your child when they wake up and may be able to go home that day. Some patients are watched at the hospital overnight. After our team gets the results, we develop a treatment plan to help your child get well.

      - Learn about parking at Egleston.

      - If you have questions, call us at 404-785-1161.

       

      Children’s at North Druid Hills
      Aerodigestive Nurse Practitioner Follow-Up Visits

      What to Expect: Your child may have follow up visits with our nurse practitioner. You may see her with our nutritionist to see how your child is doing. Your child also may need pre-op or post-op visits with her.

      - There is free parking close to the building.

      - If you have questions, call us at 404-785-1161.

  • Insurance

      - It is important to let us know of any changes with your insurance. We will need your most up-to-date information to get approval for medications and/or procedures.

      - It is your responsibility to know what is covered by your insurance policy. We will try to get all necessary approvals from your insurance company before your child's procedure.

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Our Team

Sometimes children with very complex conditions of the upper digestive tract and airway, respiratory and pulmonary systems require care from more than just one expert. At Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, our team offers a multidisciplinary approach to this type of care, called aerodigestive. It combines gastroenterologypulmonology, otolaryngology, speech language pathology, nutrition, respiratory therapy and nursing. When patients visit our clinic, they are seen by multiple physicians and team members from each of these areas who collaborate to provide the most comprehensive care for patients.

A Nurse Practitioner and nurses provide feedback about treatment plans, support services and ongoing care to our patients. We make sure to share treatment plans with all of the healthcare professionals involved in the child's care. If the child needs other specialty treatment, a wide variety of pediatric specialists work with us to take care of their comprehensive needs including but not limited to surgeons, dentists, sleep specialists, and audiologists.

Our Mission and Values

We strive to develop a nationally recognized, multidisciplinary aerodigestive center in order to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow. We build on the following values to improve patient outcomes:

  • Child and parent focus
  • Professional leadership and collaboration
  • Innovation and research
  • Clinical and patient education
  • Quality improvement

Medical Conditions We Treat

  • Apnea/Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Aspiration
  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough
  • Congenital abnormalities of the airway and esophagus
  • Croup
  • Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis or gastritis
  • Feeding disorders
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Pneumonia (recurrent)
  • Stridor
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia 

Common Joint Procedures We Perform

  • Upper Endoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Bilateral myringotomy