Center for Airway Disorders (CAD) | Overview

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Contact the Center for Airway Disorders


The Center for Airway Disorders (CAD) at Boston Children's Hospital cares for infants, children and young adults with airway problems—from common conditions to the most rare and complex disorders. Our airway team treats hundreds of patients each year, helping children born with a disorder of the trachea to breathe, eat and swallow normally.

Patients and their families come from around the world to Boston Children’s Hospital for our advanced, minimally-invasive, endoscopic and open surgeries of the airway, expertise in pediatric anesthesia and world-class intensive care unit.

Our CAD Program specializes in testing and treating:

Learn more about the airway conditions we treat.

Airway Disorders Programs and Services at Boston Children’s Hospital

At Boston Children’s Hospital, our doctors treat every type of airway disorder, no matter how simple or complex. Within CAD, the programs and services we offer include:

No matter what airway-related condition your child is facing, our team will draw from the extraordinary range of specialties offered here at Boston Children’s to ensure prompt and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Our team collaborates daily with dozens of doctors and specialists throughout the hospital to care for patients in our clinic.

Learn more about our airway programs.

Why Choose Boston Children’s Hospital for Airway Disorders 

Boston Children’s Airway Disorders Center is world renowned for our:

  • Unmatched surgical expertise: If your child requires minimally-invasive, endoscopic or open surgery, you want them to have the very best care possible. Boston Children’s Hospital has one of  the largest pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) teams and the largest cardiovascular surgery team in the country. These expert teams collaborate in the treatment of every child. Meet our airway team. 
  • Nationally recognized care: U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston Children's Hospital higher in more specialties than any other children's hospital in the country. Our team leverages the broad expertise throughout Boston Children’s Hospital to ensure extraordinary management of every aspect of your child’s well-being. 
  • Unique collaboration: Our CAD team works closely with more than a dozen departments and 40+ specialists throughout Boston Children’s, making it possible for patients and their families to receive prompt, specialized care for any type of airway disorder—no matter how simple, complex or rare. 
  • Seamless care experience: Our program coordinator will communicate with your doctors and specialists back home to ensure seamless care at every step of your journey. Learn more about the airway treatments we offer.
  • Minimally invasive techniques: CAD provides minimally invasive (endoscopic) procedures, including the use of lasers, balloon dilation and microdebriders (a type of hand-held surgical cutting tool). These advanced procedures result in less pain and scarring and faster recovery. Our surgeons have performed hundreds of minimally invasive procedures to treat airway disorders. Learn more about our minimally invasive treatments.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment or speak with a member of our team, please call 617-355-3795.

International Patients

For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at +01-617-355-5209.

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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