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Aerodigestive collaborative

Aerodigestive collaborative 

As a team, we coordinate and improve care for kids with complex aerodigestive problems – those conditions impacting both the respiratory and digestive systems. The aerodigestive collaborative is a team of CHoR specialists who meet monthly to consult, develop treatment plans, and coordinate referrals, procedures and follow-up. The group of approximately 20 providers includes specialists from: 

  • Otolaryngology 
  • Pulmonary medicine 
  • Surgery 
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Neurology 
  • Radiology 
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation 
  • Speech/language pathology 
  • Feeding program 

Procedures performed by otolaryngology, pulmonary medicine and gastroenterology are often needed to fully evaluate disorders affecting the airway and digestive tract. Our team’s goal is to coordinate procedures so a child only undergoes anesthesia once.

The team provides comprehensive management for children with diseases/disorders including: 

  • Achalasia 
  • Airway obstruction 
  • Aphonia 
  • Bronchomalacia 
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia 
  • Caustic ingestion with stricture 
  • Chronic aspiration 
  • Colon interposition 
  • Dysphagia (problems feeding and swallowing) 
  • Esophageal atresia 
  • Esophageal web or stricture 
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) 
  • Glottic stenosis 
  • Hypoplastic lung 
  • Hypoventilation 
  • Interstitial lung disease 
  • Laryngeal atresia, cleft and web 
  • Laryngomalacia 
  • Sleep disorders 
  • Subglottic stenosis 
  • Tracheal stenosis 
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula 
  • Tracheomalacia 
  • Vocal cord paralysis 
  • Voice disorders  

More information 

To learn more about the collaborative, contact Lauren Riggs, CPNP, aerodigestive team coordinator, at (804) 828-CHOR (2467)

Daniel Coelho
Daniel Coelho MD, FACS Otolaryngology (ENT), Cochlear implant Read more
Kelley Dodson
Kelley Dodson MD Otolaryngology (ENT), Center for Craniofacial Care, Aerodigestive collaborative Read more
Rajanya Petersson
Rajanya Petersson MD, MS, FACS Otolaryngology (ENT), Neurofibromatosis program Read more
Lauren Riggs
Lauren Riggs RN, CPNP Otolaryngology (ENT), Aerodigestive collaborative Read more


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