The Pediatric Otolaryngology 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
  • Obstruct 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
  • Vascular malformations (hemangioma, lymphatic and venous malformation, AVM)
  • Facial injuries and trauma
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Velopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Craniosynostosis


Our team

The pediatric otolaryngology team consists of the following specialists:

Professor Craig Senders specializes 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 specializes in airway management, hearing loss and chronic ear disease, tumors and cysts of the head and neck, and speech and swallowing disorders in children.

Associate Physician Debbie Aizenberg is a general otolaryngologist with a special interest in the care of pediatric disorders of the ears, nose and throat. She sees a large number of children at our satellite office in Rocklin, and provides comprehensive pediatric otolaryngology care. In addition, she collaborates with the subspecialty and multidisciplinary pediatric clinics for children with more complex disorders. Her approach combines clinical experience, best evidence in the literature, and the latest innovations to allow for an individualized care plan for each child and there family.

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.

Our services

Many different services are provided by our pediatric otolaryngology team by the team members above as well as in collaboration with pediatric specialists from other departments. Joint specialty clinics include those for children with cleft and craniofacial anomalies, plagiocephaly and craniosynostosis, aerodigestive disorders, hearing loss, and pediatric tracheostomy and feeding clinics.

Craig Senders, M.D.

Travis Tollefson, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Jamie Funamura, M.D.

Debbie Aizenberg, M.D.