Division of Otolaryngology

The Division of Otolaryngology, also known as Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), diagnoses and treats children with:

  • Ear infections (otitis)
  • Sore throats
  • Hearing and speech disorders
  • Airway and sinus problems
  • Tumors of the head and neck
  • Nationally known for ENT care

The Division’s reputation as one of the leading pediatric ENT centers in the United States attracts families from across the country and around the world. Last year, our skilled team of physicians treated more than 24,000 children. This includes a large group of children who require surgery for chronic ear disease and the largest population of congenital cholesteatoma patients in the reported world literature.

Specialized ENT centers

Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders. The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorder is unique in that it offers children with complex airway problems, such as subglottic stenosis or chronic tracheotomy, a comprehensive evaluation in a single visit. The team of airway surgeons and nurse practitioners is joined by specialists from pulmonary medicine, critical care, respiratory therapy, feeding, and speech pathology to provide special needs patients with the highest quality of care and service possible.

Center for Childhood Communication. In the Center for Childhood Communication, CHOP clinicians evaluate and treat children with hearing loss, communication problems, and swallowing difficulties. The team also offers cochlear implants for children who are not helped by hearing aids.

Featured Faculty

Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, FACSKen Kazahaya, MD, MBA
Director, Pediatric Skull Base Surgery
Medical director, Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program

Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, is Associate Director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Director of Pediatric Skull Base Surgery, Medical Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Co-Lead Surgeon in the Pediatric Thyroid Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also has an appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more »

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Tracheal Stenosis: Paige's Story

Paige was born 5 weeks early and was admitted to the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was diagnosed with a serious airway disorder, and doctors had to decide whether they would attempt a risky surgery that would let her breathe on her own. Read her story »