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Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Pediatric Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Center

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In the Pediatric Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Center, we provide care for pediatric patients with congenital and/or acquired disorders of the aero-digestive tract that may affect their ability to eat, breathe, or speak. Our center is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Mass. Eye and Ear and the Mass General Hospital for Children, offering enhanced care to children by allowing them to see several specialists during one visit.


Under the direction of Christopher J. Hartnick, MD, MS, our center includes specially trained physicians, technicians, nurses, and speech-language pathologists. Our focal point is on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting voice and breathing in infants and young children. These disorders can include, but are not limited to:

  • Chronic cough
  • Recurrent croup
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Sleep disorders
  • Breathing and swallowing difficulties

The causes of these disorders may be straightforward, but often require expertise from several specialties, including pediatric otolaryngology, gastroenterology, and pulmonology. Our team will work with you and your child to find the treatment plan that best suits your needs.

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