The UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatric team delivers comprehensive, personalized care for children with disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures.
Our team is expert in diagnosing, treating and managing conditions that impact the airway, voice, hearing, speech and sinuses, including:

  • Airway obstruction
  • Tracheostomy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tonsil and adenoid surgery
  • Hearing loss
  • Cochlear implant (surgically placed devices for hearing loss)
  • Ear infections
  • Cholesteatoma (a growth in the middle ear)
  • Microtia (a small or abnormal outer ear)
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Sinusitis
  • Growth, tumors, or cysts in the face, head and neck
  • Facial injuries and trauma

Our team

Under the guidance of the UC Davis Department of Otolaryngology, our clinics offer compassionate support from the initial evaluation through surgical repair and recovery.

You may meet one or many of the following specialists in the course of your child's care:

Professor Craig Senders specializies in surgery of congenital anomalies of the head and neck, particularly cleft lip, cleft palate, micrognathia (small jaw), and craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull sutures). He is the director of the UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Program.

Professor Travis Tollefson focuses on reconstruction of the face in children, cleft lip and palate surgery, and restoring ear and facial deformities. He participates in surgical teams around the world to provide surgical care for children with cleft and craniofacial anomalies.

Assistant Professor Jamie Funamura has advanced training in pediatric head and neck conditions. She specializies in airway management, hearing loss, tumors and cysts of the head and neck, and speech and swallowing disorders in children.

Associate Professor Robert Byrd is a pediatrician with a special interest in cleft and craniofacial conditions as well as disorders of the ear, nose and throat. He has experience in working with both the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics and Department of Otolaryngology for many years.

Audiologists Audrey Bracchi, Samantha McKinney and David Sheaffer specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders in children. Services provided include specialized testing and fitting and programming hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Christy Roth is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who evaluates and treats speech, language and swallowing disorders in children. She is also the clinical coordinator of the UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Program.

Adebola Olarewaju is a pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in airway, development and feeding issues in young infants and children. She monitors children with tracheostomies both in the hospital and after discharge.

Amy Koch is a child life specialist who helps minimize anxiety related to surgery and hospitalization by strengthening understanding and coping skills in children.