Pediatric Aerodigestive and Feeding Disorder Program

The Pediatric Aerodigestive and Feeding Disorder program provides care and treatment to children and adolescents with airway, breathing and swallowing disorders caused by problems in the aerodigestive tract (throat, lungs, esophagus and stomach).

Our expert team includes specialists from pulmonary medicine, interventional pulmonology, gastroenterology, nutrition, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery, as well as speech, language and occupational therapy.

Conditions we treat:

  • Aspiration and recurrent pneumonia
  • Airway obstruction from tumors or other growths
  • Bronchomalacia, tracheomalacia and airway collapsibility
  • Chronic cough
  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal atresia
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux with persistent symptoms
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Stridor
  • Stenosis of the airways (narrowing), including glottic, tracheal and bronchial
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Vocal cord dysfunction/paralysis
  • Other medically complex thoracic diseases requiring coordinated subspecialty care

Our feeding disorders team consists of gastroenterologists; nutritionist; occupational, speech and language therapists; pediatric surgery and a behaviorist. Together they provide a unified approach to treat patients with advanced feeding issues. A feeding evaluation is available for patients with the following conditions:

  • Cranial facial abnormalities
  • Developmental or neurological disorders 
  • Dysphagia
  • Failure to thrive
  • G tube or NG tube management, tube feeding dependency
  • Intestinal failure 
  • Minimal diversity in diet
  • Oral aversions: sensory & or texture issues
  • “Picky eaters”
  • TE fistula, laryngeal Cleft, vocal cord paralysis
  • Tracheotomy 

What to expect:

Prior to your child’s first visit, you will be contacted by a nurse coordinator and introduced to our team and services. At the first visit, your child will be screened by the appropriate subspecialists, his or her medical history will be taken and a physical exam performed. Additional testing, such as chest x-rays, modified barium swallow, video nasal endoscopy and pulmonary function tests, may also be done at this visit. The initial visit may take up to two hours, but follow-up appointments typically take 30 minutes per specialty visit.

After the first visit, our team will meet to discuss its findings and create a unique treatment plan for your child. The program is offered Wednesday afternoons at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Center.

Our Physicians

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Alia Bazzy-Asaad, MD

Co-Director Pediatric Pulmonology

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory)

Section Chief, Pediatric Respiratory Center

Director, Pediatric Asthma Care Team (PACT) and Pediatric Asthma Program

Medical Director, Pediatric Respiratory Care Unit

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Jonathan Puchalski, MD

Co-Director Interventional Bronchoscopist

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)

Director, Interventional Pulmonology

Director, Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship

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Arik Alper, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (GI)

Instructor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology)

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Michael Gerard Caty, MD, MMM

Robert Pritzker Professor of Surgery (Pediatrics) and Professor of Pediatrics

Interim Chair, Department of Surgery

Chief, Pediatric Surgery

Surgeon-in-Chief, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital

Surgeon-in-Chief, Yale-New Haven Hospital

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Robert A Cowles, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Pediatrics)

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Susannah E Hills, MD

Attending Pediatric Otolaryngologist

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Call to learn more!

For more information please call 203-785-3165 or 203-785-2480.


Pediatric Aerodigestive & Feeding Disorder Program
1 Park Street, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510

41.30438 -72.93654