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Aerodigestive Program

Weill Cornell Pediatric Aerodigestive Program

The Pediatric Aerodigestive Program at Weill Cornell Medicine houses a state-of-the-art clinic committed to providing care for children with complex medical problems involving the airway, lung and upper gastrointestinal tract.

Medical problems related to the aerodigestive tract are often complex and challenging to diagnose and treat. Our program brings together a multidisciplinary team in a single location to care for your child. Our team includes:

  • pediatric pulmonologists
  • pediatric otorhinolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat))
  • pediatric gastroenterologists
  • speech therapy and feeding specialists

As needed, we offer referrals to additional specialists, including pediatric sleep specialists, surgeons, geneticists and many more.

Office Information and Patient Forms

Services & Programs

Pediatric Aerodigestive Program pediatric specialists provide expert care for children with complex medical problems involving the airway, lung and upper gastrointestinal tract, including:

Pulmonary Conditions
  • chronic cough
  • difficult asthma
  • recurrent, persistent wheeze
  • chronic aspiration
  • recurrent pneumonias
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia 
Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • acid reflux
  • difficult swallowing (dysphagia)
  • feeding problems
  • esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula
Otolaryngological (ENT) Conditions
  • stridor
  • apnea
  • laryngomalacia
  • laryngeal cleft
  • vocal cord paralysis
  • voice disorders
  • subglottic stenosis
  • tracheomalacia
  • tracheostomy dependence
  • craniofacial abnormalities causing airway obstruction and feeding difficulties

Diagnosis & Treatment

Weill Cornell Pediatric Aerodigestive Program

All medical specialists on your child’s team meet together to review recommendations and develop a unified and consistent care plan. This coordinated care eliminates the typical stresses many parents encounter when navigating multiple visits to different medical specialists on their own.  

A dedicated patient care coordinator assists your family across all phases of your child’s care, scheduling related office visits and diagnostic procedures and serving as your point of contact.   

We offer the following specialized diagnostic procedures and studies:

Pediatric Pulmonology
  • pulmonary function tests
    • spirometry
    • lung volume testing
    • diffusion testing
    • methacholine challenge testing
    • cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • flexible bronchoscopy
    • upper and lower airway anatomy assessment for presence of increased secretions and infections
    • Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
    • brush biopsies
Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • upper endoscopy
    • inflammation assessment of the esophagus (i.e. GERD, esoinophllic esophagitis)
    • with Bravo
    • with dilatation
    • with pH impedance
    • with or without biopsy
Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • nasopharyngoscopy
    • sinus and nasal anatomy evaluation (i.e. adenoid hypertrophy)
  • flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy and stroboscopy
    • upper airway anatomy evaluation (i.e. vocal cords, laryngomalacia)
    • upper airway inflammation evaluation (i.e. reflux)
  • direct laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy
    • upper and lower evaluation under anesthesia
    • assessment of anatomical defects that may require surgical correction:
      • laryngomalacia
      • laryngeal cleft
      • subglottic stenosis
      • tracheomalacia
      • tracheoesophageal fistula
Pediatric Speech and Swallowing
  • clinical swallowing evaluation
  • modified barium swallow examination
Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Our Team



Alison Maresh, M.D.

Assistant Otolaryngology Professor
Pediatric Aerodigestive Program Otolaryngology Director
Thomas Ciecierega

Thomas Ciecierega, M.D.

Assistant Pediatrics Professor
Pediatric Aerodigestive Program Gastroenterology Director
Dr. Vikash Modi

Vikash Modi, M.D.

Associate Otolaryngology Professor
Pediatric Otolaryngology Division Chief

Amanda Neilan, M.S., RN

Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Aerodigestive Program Clinical Coordinator
Dr. Katharina Graw-Panzer

Katharina Panzer, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Pediatrics Professor
Pediatric Aerodigestive Program Pulmonology Director

Steven Rosenblatt, M.D.

Assistant Otolaryngology Professor

What Sets us Apart

We are affiliated with the Komansky Children’s Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the no. 1 ranked children’s hospital in New York City on the 2018-2019 US News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals Survey.