Aerodigestive Clinic

The Aerodigestive Clinic specializes in diagnosing and treating children with complex airway, swallowing and nutritional problems. These include:

  • Laryngomalacia
  • Stridor
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Aspiration
  • Gastroesphageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Oral aversion/feeding difficulties
  • Asthma
  • Tracheotomy
  • Gastrotomy tube (G-tube)
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Subglottic stenosis
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During a single, comprehensive appointment, patients are evaluated by our team of pediatric specialists, including an otolaryngologist, gastroenterologist, pulmonologist, dietitian and speech and language pathologist with expertise in swallowing. At the end of the evaluation, we provide families with a comprehensive treatment plan developed with input from all the various specialists.

We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic tests, such as pediatric functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, or FEES. A FEES evaluation provides a real-time assessment of swallowing without radiation, which is required during a more traditional pediatric swallow test called modified barium swallow study. We perform airway evaluations and GI endoscopies at the same visit to avoid having to put children under general anesthesia multiple times.

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You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Aerodigestive Clinic
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
1975 Fourth Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2757
Fax: (415) 353-2603

Hours: One Thursday per month
8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

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Our Team

Kensho Iwanaga
Kensho Iwanaga, MD, MPH
Pediatric pulmonologist
Ngoc P. Ly
Ngoc P. Ly, MD, MPH
Pediatric pulmonologist
Anna K. Meyer
Anna K. Meyer, MD
Pediatric head and neck surgeon
Kristina W. Rosbe
Kristina W. Rosbe, MD
Head and neck surgeon
Patrika M. Tsai
Patrika M. Tsai, MD, MPH
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Jordan Virbalas
Jordan Virbalas, MD
Pediatric otolaryngologist
Yvette Wild
Yvette Wild, MD, MPH, MAS
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Allyn Boone
Allyn Boone, RD
Margaret (Meg) Cafferkey
Margaret (Meg) Cafferkey, CCC-SLP, MS
Speech-language pathologist
Megan Murphy
Megan Murphy, RD