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Name of Treatment Program: Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center for Children

Short description: The Pediatric Airway, Swallowing and Voice Center is a collaboration of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

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The Pediatric Airway, Swallowing and Voice Center is a collaboration of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

The Pediatric Airway, Swallowing and Voice Center, a collaboration of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, specializes in the treatment of children with voice disorders and airway management symptoms that affect the ability to eat, breathe or speak.

Multidisciplinary Pediatric Treatment for Complex Diagnoses

Disorders involving airway, swallowing and/or voice functions are often complex and may require treatment by more than one medical specialist. The Center has been developed to provide seamless care for pediatric voice disorders across multiple medical subspecialties including pediatric otolaryngology, gastroenterology and pulmonology, as well as for the full range of diagnostic testing services. Our unique multidisciplinary approach enhances diagnosis, management and communication of voice disorders and airway problems with primary care providers.

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.

Pediatric patients who may benefit from the Center include those with:

The center is actively involved in clinical investigation with a goal toward improving the care of these children. Among the projects the center is focusing on are the following:

Clinical Study: For details contact Christopher_Hartnick@meei.harvard.edu

NIH funded study to evaluate the efficacy of voice therapy in children ages 6 to 10 with hoarseness and vocal nodules (enrolled children will receive the therapy at no cost)

Learn more about the Pediatric Airway, Swallowing and Voice Center.

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Contact: Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center for Children - 1773

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tab2_content: <p><strong>Directors</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=18564">Christopher J. Hartnick, MD, MS Epi</a><br /><em>Pediatric Otolaryngology, Mass. Eye and Ear</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=18258">M. Shannon Fracchia, MD</a><br /><em>Pediatric Pulmonology, MassGeneral Hospital for Children</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=18259">Stephen C. Hardy, MD</a><br /><em>Pediatric Gastroenterology, MassGeneral Hospital for Children</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Speech Pathologists</strong><br /><em>Department of Speech Pathology, MassGeneral Hospital </em>for <em>Children</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://massgeneral.photobooks.com/directory/profile.asp?pict_id=8192254">Rebecca Baars, MS, CCC-SLP</a></li> <li><a href="http://massgeneral.photobooks.com/directory/profile.asp?dbase=main&amp;setsize=25&amp;specialty=2110&amp;pict_id=1148797">Cheryl Hersh, MS, CCC-SLP</a></li> <li><a href="http://massgeneral.photobooks.com/directory/profile.asp?pict_id=1858026">Sarah Sally, MS, CCC-SLP</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Voice Therapist</strong></p> <ul> <li>Catherine Ballif<br /><em>Mass. Eye and Ear Voice and Speech Laboratory</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Child Psychiatrist</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=18047">Abigail Donovan, MD</a> <br /><em>MassGeneral Hospital for Children</em></li> </ul>

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