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
  • Tracheotomy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tonsil and adenoid surgery
  • Hearing loss
  • Cochlear implantation - Surgically placed devices that treat hearing loss
  • Middle ear infections (otitis media)
  • Cholesteatoma (a skin growth that can destroy the bones in the middle ear)
  • A small outer ear (microtia) and other ear anomalies
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Sinusitis
  • Head and neck tumors and cysts
  • Facial 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.

Typical of our dedicated team members is Professor Craig Senders, director of the UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Program. Presently, 75 percent of his practice is pediatrics, including congenital anomalies of the head and neck, particularly cleft lip and cleft palate. He is an expert in endoscopic sinus surgery and surgery for sleep apnea. His research has focused on facial birth defects and subglottic stenosis, a narrowing of the airway at the voice box.

Others include Professor Karen Doyle, whose practice concentrates on surgical treatment of hearing and balance disorders, including hearing loss, ear infections, balance disturbances, vertigo syndromes, and related conditions. She has two research areas: identification of hearing loss in infants, and the impacts of prescription and over-the-counter medications on the inner ear.

Barbara Friedman is an expert on dymorphology (the study of physical characteristics to diagnose disorders) as well as cleft and cranial-facial disorders. A graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, she is certified with the American Board of Pediatrics, having completed her pediatric internship/residency at the SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, New York.

Jonathan Sykes, director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UC Davis, has been a full-time faculty member of the UC Davis Otolaryngology Facial Plastic Surgery team since 1989. For the past 20-plus years, he has joined an international group of doctors committed to helping children in poor developing areas who are affected by facial deformities. He has traveled the globe to help hundreds of children have a better outlook on life.

Associate Professor Travis T. Tollefson focuses on facial aesthetic surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, and restoring facial deformities found at birth, after trauma, or after skin cancer surgery or laser skin treatment. He participates in surgical mission teams traveling to Ecuador and China for Operation of Hope and Smile China to provide care for children with facial deformities, such as cleft lip and palate. His research focuses on facial deformities found at birth, microtia (absent ears), and craniosynostosis, a condition in which the fibrous sutures in an infant skull prematurely fuse.