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The Pediatric Otolaryngology team delivers comprehensive, personalized care for children with disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures.

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Our team is expert in diagnosing, treating and managing conditions that impact the airway, voice, hearing, speech and sinuses, including:

  • Airway obstruction
  • Tracheostomy
  • Obstruct sleep apnea
  • Tonsil and adenoid surgery
  • Hearing loss
  • Cochlear implant (surgically placed devices for hearing loss)
  • Ear infections
  • Cholesteatoma (a growth in the middle ear)
  • Microtia (a small or abnormal outer ear)
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Sinusitis
  • Growth, tumors, or cysts in the face, head and neck
  • Vascular malformations (hemangioma, lymphatic and venous malformation, AVM)
  • Facial injuries and trauma
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Velopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Craniosynostosis

Our team

The core pediatric otolaryngology team consists of the following specialists:

Professor Emeritus Craig Senders specializes in surgery of congenital anomalies of the head and neck, particularly cleft lip, cleft palate, micrognathia (small jaw), and craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull sutures). He is the founder and co-director of the UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Program.

Professor Travis Tollefson focuses on reconstruction of the face in children, cleft lip and palate surgery, and restoring ear and facial deformities. He participates in surgical teams around the world to provide surgical care for children with cleft and craniofacial anomalies, and co-directs the UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Program. 

Assistant Professor Jamie Funamura has advanced training in pediatric head and neck conditions. She serves as the Pediatric Otolaryngology division chief and specializes in airway management, hearing loss and chronic ear disease, tumors and cysts of the head and neck, and speech and swallowing disorders in children. She is also the medical director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program and co-founder of the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center.

Associate Professor Debbie Aizenberg is a comprehensive otolaryngologist with a special interest in the care of pediatric disorders of the ears, nose, and throat. She sees children at our satellite office in Rocklin as well as at the main campus, and has been a long-standing provider of comprehensive pediatric otolaryngology care. 

Audiologists Audrey Bracchi and Samantha McKinney specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders in children. Services they provide include specialized testing and fitting and programming hearing aids, bone anchored devices, and cochlear implants.

Christy Roth is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who evaluates and treats speech, language, and swallowing disorders in children. She is also the clinical coordinator of the UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Program.

Adebola Olarewaju is a pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in airway, development and feeding issues in young infants and children. She monitors children with cleft & craniofacial conditions and airway issues (e.g. tracheostomies) both in the hospital and after discharge.

Anastasia Ness is a pediatric nurse practitioner who provides comprehensive pediatric otolaryngology services in our outpatient clinic. 

Our services

Many different services are provided by our pediatric otolaryngology specialty by the team members above as well as in collaboration with pediatric specialists from other departments. Joint specialty clinics include those for children with cleft and craniofacial anomalies, plagiocephaly and craniosynostosis, aerodigestive disorders, hearing loss, and pediatric tracheostomy and feeding clinics.