Pediatric Aerodigestive Cinic

New to UH Case Medical Center is Jay Shah, MD, Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His immediate undertaking is the organization of a pediatric aerodigestive clinic − a centralized area with easy access for the community, patients and families to a pediatric gastroenterologist, pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric otolaryngologist.

Using existing facilities and updated equipment, he hopes to create a location that would serve as a one-stop clinic in which patients would see multiple specialists in a single visit and in a centralized area. Many patients and their families come from the areas surrounding Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, some from as far as Sandusky, the Pennsylvania border, Columbus and Akron. In addition, children with airway disorders often have overlying gastrointestinal issues such as reflux, pulmonary disease and tracheomalacia. Dr. Shah’s clinic would facilitate and strengthen the team-oriented approach to managing these kids, many of whom have special needs and are already well established in the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital system.

Such a multidisciplinary approach to managing these patients will, in the short term, result in cost savings and stress reduction for patients and their families. In the longer term, Dr. Shah believes, it will also increase efficiencies that come from fewer missed follow-ups and appointments, as well as less delay of care.

Planning is still in the early phases, primarily involving the coordination of multiple schedules of the various specialists involved. The goal is for the clinic to be up and running by January 2016.