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Pediatric Otolaryngology

Pediatric Otolaryngology

About Us

At Children’s Hospital of Georgia our pediatric otolaryngology experts provide both routine and specialty care for comprehensive ear, nose and throat issues in children of all ages. With any recurring or more complex ENT condition, consultation by a pediatric trained otolaryngologist is important as many of these issues can affect a child’s growth and development.

When your child needs specialized clinical care for ear, nose and throat issues and conditions in the Augusta and surrounding areas, our team at Children’s Hospital of Georgia is ready to help. Making sure we have an accurate diagnosis, we provide expert care for both routine and complex childhood illnesses for ear issues and hearing loss, nose and sinus conditions and long- term disease management for more complex illnesses.

Otolaryngologic disorders can be disruptive, especially to a child suffering from any recurring illness or more serious ENT issues.  We understand that this affects your entire family and that it is important to find a solution to improve your child’s health as quickly as possible. Our team of specialists have the experience and expertise to diagnose pediatric ENT issues and provide personalized treatment options for each individual patient. 

  • Multidisciplinary care for any need: We have board-certified, fellowship trained, pediatric otolaryngologists and ENT surgeons, along with pediatric audiologists, speech pathologists, pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, and a trained nursing staff to provide personalized, compassionate care to your child. This is how collaboration comes into play as we work together to design the best care plan for your child, all under one roof.
  • Patient-and-Family-Centered care: You are always involved in your child’s health care decisions. Our doctors will work with you and your family to decide on the best options when diagnosing and treating your child.
  • Research and Clinical Trials: Children's Hospital of Georgia is supported by the strength of Augusta University and their dedicated focus on research to advancing clinical care. The pediatric ENT department is involved in many areas of airway research to improve outcomes for patients with sleep apnea and recurrent respiratory issues.

A team that focuses on your child

It takes cooperation and expertise from many pediatric specialists to diagnose and treat an ear, nose and throat condition. 

Our ENT Centers, Programs and Clinics

To better serve your child, we have many available programs and clinics that offer focused treatments for our young ENT patients.  We also refer children to the many diagnostic and treatment Centers on the Augusta University Health campus.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Center The area’s only accredited pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center for treatment of this lung disease. 
  • Pediatric Craniofacial Center: For cleft lip and palate, and other craniofacial issues. 
  • Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center: Where children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be seen for diagnosis of sleep disorders. 
  • Trach/Vent Clinic: A clinic for vent dependent pediatric patients with a variety of breathing conditions.

With a full range of in-house diagnostic evaluations and a team of experienced and board-certified ENT specialists, we provide the full spectrum of ear, nose and throat services, including:

  • Airway conditions
  • Audiology services
  • Balance disorders
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Ear and hearing disorders
  • ENT surgical services
  • Head and Neck issues
  • Hearing loss
  • Nasal and sinus conditions
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Ruptured eardrums
  • Sinusitis or sinus infections
  • Speech therapy
  • Throat disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Voice and swallowing disorders

Ear Issues and Hearing Loss Expertise

Our ENT specialists provide expert care for routine ear issues such as recurring ear infections or persistent fluid in the ears. As children grow and develop, it is critical for speech and language development that they hear as clearly as possible as they begin to speak and naturally develop their language skills.

Our specialized pediatric audiologist provides follow up tests to hearing screenings such as the auditory brainstem response (ABR) test that measures the hearing nerve’s response to sound. This test can be used to detect any hearing loss in infants and very young children. 

Expert Care for Nose and Sinus Conditions

When children have recurring nasal or sinus issues, it can cause affect growth and development because sinuses are not fully developed until the late teens. It is important to have your child evaluated by a pediatric ENT specialist because many times more complex nasal or sinus issues are seen as a routine runny nose, allergies or a cold. Our team can evaluate your child’s individual condition and issues to make the right diagnosis so treatment can begin to provide relief.

In addition to more routine conditions, otolaryngologists at CHOG care for the more complex nose and sinus conditions such as persistent nosebleeds, nasal obstructions or a nasal mass. Our team also provides disease management care for conditions such as cystic fibrosis. For these young patients, sinus issues are much more complex and our team is able to coordinate care with pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and other clinical specialists for the best long-term care.

Time Critical Newborn Screenings

The ability to hear clearly is critical to the development of speech and language. Any hearing loss, no matter how slight, can impact a child’s ability to learn to speak. Our newborn hearing screening offers a very early assessment of an infant’s ability to hear. By measuring the hearing nerve’s response soon after birth, our team is able to identify any possible hearing loss very early so intervention and treatment can begin sooner. At Augusta University Health, we provide newborn hearing screenings for all babies before they leave the hospital.  

Advanced pediatric ear, nose and throat surgery

We want what you want – a healthy child that has received the best care available. Our focus is only on children - we even have kid friendly designed check in, waiting rooms and clinics for appointments. For any health issues, but especially any time ENT surgery is a consideration for your child, it can be alarming. Our ENT team focuses on making both children and parents comfortable with every step of care from initial diagnostics through surgery to follow up care.

Research and Clinical Trials to Improve Care

As the only academic medical center in the region, Children's Hospital of Georgia is supported by the strength of Augusta University and their dedicated focus on research to advance clinical care. The ENT Department is involved in many areas of airway research to improve care for patients with sleep apnea and recurrent respiratory issues. Our team continues to reach beyond standard treatments, medications, devices and diagnostics to find innovative and improvements to clinical care that will benefit all patients.

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Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Shirley, Brian, PNP

Nurse Practitioner

Prosser, John Drew, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology

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