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 over 60,000 children annually in Boston and our five satellite locations in Waltham, Peabody, Weymouth and Lexington and North Dartmouth.

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

Many 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 Autism Language Program is specifically designed to help children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder communicate and learn more effectively.

  • The Balance and Vestibular Program diagnoses and manages balance and vestibular disorders in children of all ages.

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

  • 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 Head, Neck and Skull Base Surgery Program provides for the diagnosis and management of children with head and neck tumors together with colleagues from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Neurosurgery, and Department of Plastic Surgery. 

  • The Hearing Disorders Clinic and the Audiology Program offer comprehensive, multi-disciplinary 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. Included within this program is the Sinonasal Disorders Clinic providing joint allergy-immunology and otolaryngology evaluation.

  • The Sleep Apnea and Sleep Surgery Program provides for the multi-disciplinary management of children with persistent sleep apnea despite prior adenotonsillar surgery.

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

  • The Tracheostomy Clinic provides multi-disciplinary care and long term follow-up for children with tracheotomy tube reliance. 

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

One members of our Department Dr. Dennis Poe is a neurotologist who focuses 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 General Otolaryngology Program and 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 five satellite locations throughout  Massachusetts.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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