Center for Airway Disorders (CAD) Overview

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The Center for Airway Disorders (CAD) provides long-term care and comprehensive treatment to children with complex problems involving the aero-digestive tract. The center offers a clinic in the Department of Otolaryngology at Boston Children's Hospital, in close collaboration with multiple specialties, for both new and returning patients.We work to make sure that patients are seen quickly by our medical team and receive any other necessary services.

Our center believes that communication is critical to providing patients, and their families, with the best medical care possible. Meaghan Maddock is the program coordinator, and works closely with families to arrange appointments and to address any concerns that parents may have. Amanda Didas is a physician assistant who is there to address any health concerns parents may have. Every step of the way, there is someone to help you, and your child.

Why choose us?

At the Center for Airway Disorders at Boston Childrens' our main focus is on your child, and how to provide the best care for his/her needs. Every child’s diagnosis is different and as such we work to ensure that your child receives the care best suited to his/her needs. Our top priority is to treat your child in the manner that is best for him/her and your family.

Furthermore, we understand that hearing your child may have an airway disorder can be frightening. We strive to be as thorough as possible in our assessment and treatment, and we will always address any concerns or questions you may have.

Should we refer your child to another specialty at Boston Children's, for instance Pulmonary/Respiratory or Gastroenterology, you can rest assured knowing that Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the top-ranked pediatric hospitals in the country. We work closely with other departments as part of our multidisciplinary approach to ensure that your child receives the most comprehensive treatment.

Is your child a candidate?

The Center for Airway Disorders sees a wide variety of patients in our clinic. Some of the diagnoses our medical team treats include hoarseness, chronic cough, feeding difficulty, and stridor. To see a full list of conditions we frequently treat, click here.. It is important to know that if you, or your child’s physician, have any concerns about your child’s airway, he or she is a candidate for our program.

If you have any questions regarding whether or not your child is a candidate, please call us at 617-355-3795, and we will be able to assist you.

Our expertise


The Multidisciplinary Approach

The Center for Airway Disorders collaborates with specialists from all different services at Boston Children's to create the best and most appropriate medical plan for each individual child. Our center works to ensure that patients receive comprehensive care and treatment, often coordinating care with other services across the hospital. For instance, many of our patients find that their airway disorder makes eating and drinking difficult. In order to help patients and their parents with this difficulty, an evaluation of feeding, or a consultation with a feeding specialist, may be arranged for the same day as your appointment.


Our multidisciplinary team initially started in 2002 at the Department of Otolaryngology, in combination with colleagues from other departments at Boston Children's. It was the first Aero-Digestive clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital. Currently we are “CAD”, the Center for Airway Disorders, to care for children with simple and complex aerodigestive disorders. We continue to collaborate with other specialties, such as Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology, Pulmonolary/Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Allergy/Immunology, etc. as part of our multidisciplinary approach.

Weekly meetings

Once a week our team meets with specialists from across Boston Children's to discuss individual patients and their diagnoses. During this conference, physicians from different disciplines share their expertise so that our center can establish a better understanding of each child’s needs and create the most effective treatment plan possible.

As part of our commitment to bettering the lives and medical treatment of patients with airway disorders, the conference is used as a teaching opportunity for physicians of all levels. By sharing their expertise, our physicians help educate their peers, as well as fellows and residents, in order to provide the best care possible, both now, and in the future, to children with aero-digestive disorders.


The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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