Meet the Aerodigestive Team
The Aerodigestive Program is dedicated to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment and services for children with complex airway, respiratory and gastrointestinal track disorders. Our core team consists of devoted and highly-skilled physicians, nurses and other health care professionals from the various departments at Children's Hospital Colorado, which you can see below.
(See a list of our Aerodigestive specialists to the right.)
- Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Our pediatric gastroenterologists specialize in the care of infants and children with disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system.
- Pediatric Otolaryngologists
Our pediatric otolaryngologists are board-certified and specially-trained medical doctors who provide the most specialized ear, nose and throat care for children and adolescents.
- Pediatric Pulmonologist
A pediatric pulmonologist is a pediatrician who specializes in the care of children and the treatment of lungs, breathing and chest disorders.
- Pediatric Surgery Team
The Department of Pediatric General Surgery at Children's includes board-certified pediatric surgeons who offer a variety of surgical services to infants, children and teens. Our surgeons perform a wide range or surgeries, including complicated operations, as well common procedures.
A nutritionist/dietician provides consultation, evaluation and diet instruction to parents and children. Dietitians can assess your child's diet for adequacy of nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals) and fluids. They can also help manage tube feedings and other specialized forms of nutrition and feeding when needed.
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
A PNP is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced degree as a nurse practitioner (NP), and has specialized in the care of children. A PNP is licensed to see patients for assessment, treatment and follow up.
- Nursing Staff
We attract and retain experienced pediatric nurses who are trained in the specialties of gastroenterology, intensive and progressive care, interventional studies and transplantation. As a Magnet Status hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado is one of the best facilities in the country for nurses to work. Our Magnet designation is a statement about the high-level of commitment to our patients.
- Registered PFT Tech
Registered pulmonary function technologists (RPFTs) perform diagnostic procedures in the pulmonary laboratory to assess lung function.
- Speech Language-Pathologist: (speech therapist)
The pediatric speech-language pathologist works with children who are diagnosed with or suspected to have dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) and/or feeding difficulties such as food refusal, oral aversion, oral motor difficulties, gagging and vomiting during mealtimes.
- Occupational Therapist
The pediatric occupational therapist works with children to consider the impact of the following areas of the child's experience with feeding and eating: oral motor skills, muscle tone, motor planning, sensory functioning, self feeding abilities and calming abilities.