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The Pediatric Otolaryngology Division otolaryngologists are experts in surgical techniques that allow children to hear, speak, breathe, articulate speech and develop toward their full potential. A destination center in pediatric otolaryngology, this division often receives referrals to care for patients whose conditions have not improved through other treatments.
Pediatric otolaryngologists are experts in a diverse range of conditions affecting the head, neck, ear, nose and throat in children under the age of 18:
- Airway reconstruction
- Nasal and sinus disorder
- Head and neck tumors of the thyroid and salivary glands
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Hearing loss and cochlear implantation
- Speech and voice disorders
The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology is responsible for the development of multidisciplinary clinical efforts, such as the Aerodigestive Program and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clinic (DHHC).
The Aerodigestive Program provides interdisciplinary health care for children with complex structural airway and functional gastroenterology disorders. Faculty physicians from otolaryngology work with pulmonary and gastrointestinal department members on individual patient cases.
The DHHC is comprised of experts in otolaryngology, audiology, genetics, psychology, pediatrics and educational consulting to address pediatric hearing loss and education for patients’ families. The multidisciplinary effort is designed to support children through a full spectrum of medical, social and educational care.
Pediatric Otolaryngology Research
Research within the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at IU School of Medicine centers on developing novel therapeutic treatments as well as monitoring cognitive and behavioral development in otolaryngology patients from birth to 18 years of age.
The DeVault Otologic Research Lab studies speech perception and language development in children. Discoveries in this lab have led to greater understanding of children’s adaptive behavior development and executive function.
Pediatric Otolaryngology Education Programs
The division leads a dedicated, simulation-based educational curriculum for otolaryngology residents through the Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall. Pairing computer-simulated surgical equipment with expert colleagues in the Department of Anesthesia, otolaryngology residents experience a unique opportunity to practice realistic scenarios they may face in the operating room, emergency department or hospital unit.
Dedicated to resident and medical student education, faculty in the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology regularly lecture at Otolaryngology Grand Rounds, held every Wednesday morning in Fesler Hall. More than 40 lectures in a two-year span provide an in-depth review of the specialty.