|Amelia F. Drake, MD||Carlton J. Zdanski, MD||Austin S. Rose, MD|
The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology includes four fellowship-trained pediatric Otolaryngologists: Amelia F. Drake, MD; Carlton J. Zdanski, MD; Austin S. Rose, MD; and Lauren A. Kilpatrick, MD. Together, they share the effort of caring for infants and children with problems relating to the ears, nose and throat. They see patients in the UNC ENT Clinic in the North Carolina Neurosciences Hospital, as well as at the UNC ENT at Carolina Pointe office. In addition, over 2000 operative cases are performed each year in pediatric otolaryngology at the Children’s Hospital OR and the outpatient Ambulatory Care Center OR.
Many children presenting to UNC have complicated medical problems and multi-system diseases that require the careful coordination of physicians and specialists in a number of different disciplines. For this reason, our work in Pediatric Otolaryngology is often carried out in conjunction with other providers in the fields of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesia, Pediatric Gastrointestinal Medicine and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, as well as Pediatric Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology. Over the last few years, the North Carolina Children’s Airway Center, led by Dr. Zdanski, has helped to better organize and facilitate this coordination of care. In a similar manner, the UNC Craniofacial Clinic, led by Dr. Drake and housed in the Dental School, has helped to coordinate the care of patients with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial disorders from the entire Southeast United States, and as far away as Switzerland, for many years.
In addition to their clinical work, the faculty of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology dedicate significant time to both teaching and research responsibilities. Dr. Drake serves as the Department’s Residency Program Director and both Drs. Rose and Zdanski continue to serve on the American Board of Otolaryngology’s Task Force for New Materials. In addition, Dr. Rose is the current Course Director of the annual Newton D. Fischer Society meeting and Director of the Division’s Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program.
Recent publications have included research in the areas of pediatric tracheotomy, noise-induced hearing loss, the radiographic appearance of esophageal foreign bodies, the use of high-resolution ultrasound in the diagnosis of pediatric recurrent respiratory papillomatosis and the description of a new approach to the treatment of sinonasal giant cell granuloma.
In addition to work recognized both locally and nationally, the Division has been well represented internationally, with presentations to audiences overseas, on several occasions – including those in conjunction with medical mission trips to the West Bank/Israel and Vietnam. The faculty has also worked to strengthen its ties with international colleagues in Pediatric Otolaryngology by hosting a number of visiting physicians from around the world, including the United Kingdom, Israel and Thailand.
As in the past year, the future should prove exciting for the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology as it continues to provide state of the art care, expand its services and renew its commitment to research and education in the field.