Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement

Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement Overview

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The Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement (also  referred to as the  Ear, Nose, and Throat, or ENT, Department) at Boston Children’s Hospital is the oldest, largest and one of the most recognized centers for Pediatric Otolaryngology in the United States.  

Our 16 physicians and associated staff care for almost 60,000 children annually in Boston and our four satellite locations in Waltham, Peabody, Weymouth and Lexington.

We strive to provide your child with the highest quality care.  Our expertise, as indicated by the list of conditions we treat, is broad.  All of our pediatric otolaryngologists care for the common ear, nose and throat disorders of children.  

Most members of our Department also  participate in specialty programs designed to address more complicated pediatric otolaryngology (ENT) problems in multidisciplinary team fashion.  These programs include the following:

  • The Augmentative Communication Program provides evaluation and rehabilitation for children and adults who are non-speaking or whose speech is severely impaired.

  • The Program for Balance and Vestibular Research Program diagnoses and addresses balance and vestibular problems in children of all ages.

  • The Center for Airway Disorders treats children with a range of complex problems involving the airway.

  • The Center for Head, Neck and Skull Base Surgery works with experts at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Neurosurgery, and Department of Plastic Surgery to advance the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of children with head and neck tumors.

  • The Cochlear Implant Program provides advanced hearing technology for children with permanent hearing loss.

  • The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program assesses the cognitive, social and communication skills of hearing impaired children, and assists in planning their comprehensive intervention and health care needs.

  • The Diagnostic Audiology Program offers comprehensive, expert evaluation and management of various degrees of hearing loss in infants, children and adolescents.

  • The Feeding and Swallowing Program works with families whose infants, children and adolescents have feeding and poor swallowing difficulties. 

  • The Sinus Surgery Program collaborates with pulmonary experts to treat a variety of sinus problems in children with multiple medical conditions including cystic fibrosis.

  • The Speech-Language Pathology Program enables children and adolescents who have communication disorders to maximize their communication abilities.

  • The Voice and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Programs provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children who have voice and speech articulation disorders.

Two members of our Department, Drs. Dennis Poe and Selena Heman-Ackah, are neurotologists who focus on particularly challenging ear problems in children as well as adults.

In addition, the audiologists, speech-language pathologists and educators who comprise our Communication Enhancement Division evaluate and rehabilitate children with a wide array of hearing, voice and speech disorders.  

Otolaryngology Specialties

Our team offers comprehensive care for a wide variety of conditions in our 13 specialty clinics, including:

Satellite Locations

In addition to the full range of services offered at our Boston campus, we offer state-of-the-art care at four satellite locations throughout  Massachusetts.

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