Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement

In the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement, we strive to provide the highest quality care for a wide variety of congenital and acquired conditions of the head and neck, ranging from airway obstruction and thyroglossal duct cysts to chronic ear and sinus infections. Although all our pediatric otolaryngology specialists care for the common ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders of children, our individual expertise is reflected by our multiple specialty programs designed to address more complicated pediatric otolaryngology problems in multidisciplinary team fashion.  

As the oldest and one of the most recognized centers for pediatric otolaryngology in the United States,  our 17 physicians and associated staff care for over 60,000 infants, children, adolescents and young adults annually in Boston and at five satellite locations in Waltham, Peabody, Weymouth and Lexington and North Dartmouth.

All physician members of the Department participate in the General Otolaryngology Program, caring for infectious and inflammatory disorders of the ear, nose and paranasal sinus, throat, upper aerodigestive tract and laryngotracheal airway. In addition, the audiologists, speech-language pathologists and educators who comprise our Center for Communication Enhancement Division evaluate and rehabilitate children with a wide array of hearing, swallowing, voice and speech sensory impairments.

Focused specialty care is provided by the following programs and centers of excellence. 

  • 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 Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Neurotology Program focuses on particularly challenging ear problems in children as well as adults.

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

  • The Sleep Apnea and Sleep Surgery Program evaluates and treats pediatric patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who have previously undergone tonsil and adenoid removal or have complex medical issues associated with sleep apnea.

  • 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 Program provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment of children who have voice and resonance disorders.

Conditions and Treatments Provided by the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement

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 in Waltham, Lexington, Weymouth, Peabody and North Dartmouth.