NEWS | October 14, 2019

UC Davis Pediatric Aerodigestive is first of its kind in inland Northern California


The new UC Davis Pediatric Aerodigestive Center is now open and accepting patient referrals. It’s the first and only center of its kind in inland Northern California.

One patient room in the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center. One patient room in the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center.

Located in the renovated fourth floor suite of the UC Davis Glassrock Building in Sacramento, the UC Davis Pediatric Aerodigestive Center provides a specialized team approach for children with complex airway, pulmonary, upper digestive tract, sleep and feeding disorders. Now, instead of visiting multiple offices to see various specialists, patients can find the care they need in one place.

The Center’s care teams treat:

  • Larynx and trachea disorders such as airway obstruction, tracheostomy management, severe laryngomalacia
  • Esophageal and swallowing disorder such as dysphagia and aspiration, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Pulmonary disorders such as chronic aspiration, chronic wet cough, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea

The team provides customized, streamlined care for children with conditions that span multiple specialties. This team approach will improve coordination of care and reduce patients’ number of procedures, imaging and anesthesia exposures. As a regional and national referral center, this center will also allow more convenient scheduling and appointments for our patients who travel long distances to see specialists.

“We are so excited to add the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center to our long list of exceptional care here at UC Davis Health,” said D. Gregory Farwell, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. “By bringing together world-class experts in pediatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, pulmonology, gastroenterology and surgery, we can provide the highest quality, coordinated care for pediatric patients with disorders of the upper airway and gastrointestinal tracts. Developing this center is a great example of our commitment to bring the most sophisticated, patient-centered approach to all of our patients, especially those with these difficult conditions.”

For more information, visit the UC Davis Pediatric Aerodigestive Center webpage.