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MassGeneral Hospital for Children Otolaryngology services are provided by the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI). The ENT Pediatric Service offers, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, medical and surgical management of conditions related to the ear, nose, sinuses, throat, neck and airway.
Conditions treated include:
Our diagnostic facilities are geared for pediatric patients’ needs. For example, the audiology service invented the automated AUR hearing screening system used to test hearing in millions of newborn babies every year. Children in our outpatient facility can play in a two-story house and often are taught crafts by a child life specialist.
Since the ENT Pediatric Service is housed in an otolaryngology institution while being affiliated with MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the optimum environment for diagnosing and treating patients is provided. We have access to excellent radiologic, laryngologic (as well as a pediatric speech pathology team focusing on both speech as well as swallowing disorders) and vestibular testing.
The service is active in research on several fronts and recently completed a collaborative pneumococcal vaccine study to determine the vaccine’s utility for ear infections. Evaluations of the efficacy of surgical procedures such as bronchoscopy and tonsillectomy are performed. More basic research includes the investigation of the location of “growth centers” for airway structures and an investigation of genetic linkages in families with sensorineural hearing loss, as well as tissue-engineering to grow ears.
Learn more about the Pediatric Otolaryngology Service at MEEI.
Accepting New Patients
At 3 months old, Mikey was diagnosed with laryngomalacia. This made it hard for him to breathe. It also meant that he might need surgery and a tracheotomy. On April 11, his parents, Katie and Michael, shared their family’s experience at this year’s Grand Rounds, sponsored by the Family Advisory Council at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).
Jill Comins, RN, MSN, CPNP, and Gillian Diercks, MD, MPH, have joined Pediatric Otolaryngology at MGHfC and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Comins and Diercks are committed to a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach so patients and families receive the best care possible.
Kara Zerr, 3, was born deaf with no cochlea or auditory nerves. A team of neurosurgeons and otolaryngologists from MGHfC and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary gave Kara an innovative surgical implant called an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) that granted her the gift of hearing.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
<p>To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our <a href="https://www.massgeneral.org/children/forms/mghfcappointment.aspx">online appointment form</a> to request an appointment.</p><p>Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the <a href="https://www.massgeneral.org/children/forms/mghfcreferral.aspx">online referral form</a> and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.</p>
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