Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders Clinic

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Pediatric Clinic
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Pediatric Clinic

Who We Are

The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Aerodigestive Disorders Clinic is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children with complex conditions of the digestive and respiratory systems that can result in problems with swallowing, eating and breathing. We have brought together a multidisciplinary team of pediatric subspecialists, nurses and support personnel to deliver family-centered  care, with a goal of achieving each patient’s best possible quality of life. The team evaluates each patient’s medical, developmental and nutritional needs, develops an individualized treatment plan, and coordinates the delivery of these comprehensive services.

Our goal is to help children and families cope with the multiple issues they face, reduce stress, and help restore a sense of normalcy to their lives. We see patients age six months and older—often for their long-term care during the course of their childhood.

MedStar Georgetown Pediatrics is a “hospital  for children” within one of the nation’s best university hospitals. We are proud to offer the full spectrum of cutting-edge pediatric care by multidisciplinary and subspecialty teams of nationally and internationally known pediatricians, pediatric specialists and pediatric  surgeons and support the nation’s second largest pediatric transplant program. 

Conditions We TreatPediatric Aerodigestive Disorders 2

• Gagging/coughing/choking
• Chronic cough
• Recurrent pneumonia
• Complicated esophageal reflux
• Eosinophilic GI disorders
• Tracheomalacia/laryngomalacia
• Limited variety/selectivity of accepted food
• Difficulty progressing to table food, food/texture sensitivity
• Nausea and/or vomiting with meals
• Poor feeding skills
• Inability to chew and swallow
• G-tube dependency

What to Expect

During your first visit to the clinic, you and your child will be seen by four or five specialists for a thorough evaluation. The multidisciplinary team will meet to review these evaluations and to develop a comprehensive care plan tailored to your child’s needs. Our nurse coordinator schedules all needed appointments and serves as your direct contact  person to answer questions and provide support throughout the treatment process. You and your child will return to the clinic for a  follow-up evaluation in about six months or as needed after the initial assessment. If necessary, the clinic will also organize visits for testing or services in between these scheduled visits.

 

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment or to request more information about the Aerodigestive Disorders Clinic at MedStar Georgetown, call 202-243-3473.

Our Specialists 

Our team of pediatric experts represents a variety of subspecialties that are critical to the management of children with swallowing and feeding problems. They work collaboratively to provide each patient optimal care.

  • Gregory Milmoe, MD, Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Maria Bautista, MD, Pulmonology
  • Deborah Hoy, MD, Neonatology
  • Sheila Skinner, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Therapy
  • Monica Cicchini, RD, CSP, Registered Dietician
  • Allison Greenleaf, CPNP, Neonatology
  • Lisa Dreyfuss, RN, BSN, Nurse Coordinator