11th Annual Meeting of the Aerodigestive Society

November 2-4th, 2023

Presented by University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology

Sponsored by University of Colorado School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education

Join us in-person or online!

In-Person: Anschutz Medical Campus

Research 1 North (P18), Hensel Phelps Auditorium

12800 East 19th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045


Online: Zoom - Link will be sent to registrants prior to conference day

*Online participants can submit live questions and comments to presenters through the Zoom chat function.*


Now open! Click Register Now to begin.

To check membership status, please log into https://aerodigestive.us/.

Physician Non-Member$375$300
Physician Member$325$250
Other Non-Member$250$200
Other Member$200$150



The abstract submission form is now open!

Scientific abstracts should be limited to 500 words and must contain: Rationale/Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions and Significance to Pediatric Aerodigestive Medicine. Case reports are limited to 250 words and must contain: Introduction, Description of case(s), Discussion of Novelty and Importance of Specific Case(s) to Pediatric Aerodigestive practice. Abstracts and cases may contain 1 graphic (figure or table with title and caption).

Through a collaboration with the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, we are pleased to announce that accepted abstracts will be eligible to submit a manuscript for consideration to be published in the inaugural Aerodigestive Society special edition of the Journal


Abstract submissions will be open until August 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM (EST).

If you have any questions, please contact grace@aerodigestive.usWe look forward to seeing your submission!

Learning Objectives

  • The learner will have updated comprehension regarding medical management of severe dysphagia
  • The learner will be able to analyze and compare available reconstructive options for airway stenosis, as well as positioning of the epiglottis
  • The learner will be able to discuss the impact of aspiration on patient and family


Thursday November 2nd PM Session 1: Aerodigestive / Business

Room Hensel West Krugman Hensel East
11:00-12:00 Aerodigestive Society Executive Committee Meeting (In Krugman - Virtual Link Available)
12:00-13:00 Lunch, Meet & Greet
13:00-15:00 13:00-13;15: Introduction: Kaalan Johnson & Matt Brigger
13:15-14:15: Update on Global Collaboration Airway Surgery
Moderator: Matt Brigger
Speakers: Chris Hartnick, Mike Rutter, Victoria Valverde, Saravanamuthu Thirunavakarasu
1415-1500: Aerodigestive Care in the Current Global Economic Crisis
Speakers: Mark Gerber, Christopher Wootten
Room Monitor David Molter
15:00-15:30 Break  and poster sessions                                                  
15:30-17:00 15:30-16:00: Innovation and AI Applications in Aerodigestive Medicine
Moderator: Matt Bromwich
Speakers: Eric Gantwerker, Pat Sheffler
16:00-17:00: Aerodigestive Transitions to Adulthood: Lifelong EA/TEF Care and More
Moderator: Jeremy Prager
Speakers: Usha Krishnan, Tassos Koumbourlis, Marlene Soma
Room Monitor David Molter
17:00-17:45 Aerodigestive Society Standing Committee Meetings (Research, Strategic Planning, Patient Liaison, Membership & Society Committees can meet in different corners of Hensel West and Krugman.  Virtual Links available for remote members via laptop)
18:00-20:00 Invited Speaker Dinner: Comida - 2501 N Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010


Friday November 3d AM Session 2: Aerodigestive

Room Hensel West Krugman Hensel East
08:00-10:00 08:00-08:30: Aerodigestive Society Presidential Address - Emerging Aerodigestive Models Outside the United States
Speaker: Kaalan Johnson
Virtual Welcome: Robin Cotton
08:30-10:00: Emerging Aerodigestive Models in Latin America: The Pediatrician as Consumer
Co-Moderators: Christopher Wootten
Speakers: Rebecca Maunsell, Alvaro Pacheco, Edgar Belteton, Andressa Peixoto, Kaalan Johnson
08:30-09:15: Severe Dysphagia Management: Going home with an NG Tube
Moderator: Kara Larson
Speakers: Pete Duncan, Maireade McSweeney
09:15-10:00: The Role of the OT in Aerodigestive
Moderator: Jenny Maybee
Speakers: Lisa Horvay, Jenna Mathews
10:00-10:30: Difficult Cases in Dysphagia
Moderator: Brianna Grace
Speakers: Dana Williams, Reema Padia, Amy Faherty, Lauren Jalali
Room Monitor David Molter Taher Valika
10:00-10:30 Break and Poster Sessions
10:30-12:00 10:30-12:00: Controversies in EA/TEF Management
Moderator: Todd Wine
Speakers: Jason Smithers, Erik Hysinger, Dan Von Allmen, Evan Propst, Randi Thomas
10:30-11:15: Tracheostomy Care in Low Resource Settings
Moderator: Chris Baker
Speakers: Nicki Johnson, Michelle Noel
11:15-12:00: Optimizing the Transition Home after a Tracheostomy
Moderator: Emily DeBoer
Speakers: Kevin Callans, Rosemary Patel, Carrie Liu
Room Monitor David Molter Taher Valika


Friday November 3rd PM Session 3: Aerodigestive

Room Hensel West Krugman Hensel East
12:00-13:00 Lunch, Meet & Greet
13:00-15:00 13:00-14:00: Managing the Epiglottis: Strange Cases and Common Problems
Moderator: Tina Friesen
Speakers: Sohit Kanotra, Christopher Wootten, Taher Valika, Charlie Myer
14:00-15:00: Reconstructive Alternatives: Airway Resection vs. Reconstruction
Moderator: Lyndy Wilcox
Speakers: Kishore Sandu, Jaime Penchyna, Mike Rutter, Luv Javia
13:00-13:45: Advanced Techniques in Feeding Therapy
Moderator: Randi Thomas
Speakers: Bridgett Harrington, Jamie Hogle, Kimberly Morris
13:45-14:30: Controversies in Thickening, Inpatient & Outpatient
Moderator: Kimberly Morris
Speakers: Jenny Maybee, Kim DeMarre, Sarah Kinder, Lauren Jalali
14:30-15:00: Role of Fundoplication
Moderator: Soma Kumar
Speakers: Jose Diaz-Miron, Jason Smithers
Room Monitor David Molter Tom Gallagher
15:00-15:30 Break and Poster Sessions
15:30-17:00 15:30-16:15: Drooling and Chronic Aspiration of Secretions
Moderator: Stephanie Wong
Speakers: Sam Daniel, Elton Ashe-Lambert, Cissy Si
16:15-17:00: FEES Update
Moderator: Jaime Hogle
Speakers: Jim Schroeder, Yann-Fuu Kou, Allison Brown
15:30-17:00: Beyond the Triple Scope: When Combination Endoscopies Don’t Yield the Answer
Moderator: Clare Richardson
Speakers: Hayat Mousa, MyMy Buu, Luv Javia, Paul Boesch, Alvaro Pacheco
Room Monitor Tom Gallagher Dana Williams
17:00-17:45 Poster Session - Krugman Lobby
18:00-20:00 Attendee Dinner: Flyte CO -  3120 Unita St, Denver, CO 80238


Saturday November 4th AM Session 4: Aerodigestive

Room Hensel West Krugman Hensel East
08:00-10:00 08:00-08:30: Oto Literature Year in Review
Speaker: Nancy Bauman
08:30-09:00: Pulm Literature Year in Review
Speaker: Sarah Hofman DeYoung
09:00-10:00: Abstracts Session #1
Moderator: Mymy Buu
  1. The Interarytenoid Assessment Protocol (IAAP): A Multi-Institutional Validation Study to Standardize Pediatric Laryngeal Cleft Evaluations. Shaunak N. Amin, MD. University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital.
  2. Using Machine Learning to Predict Treatment Response to Interarytenoid Injection Augmentation.Sara Esteves. Creighton University School of Medicine
  1. Patient Reported Outcome Measures of Pediatric Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion from a Multi-Institutional Sample.Nancy Bauman, MD. Children's National.
  1. Analysis of the transcriptomic mechanisms activated in response to surgery-induced stress subsequent to end-to-end anastomosis tracheal resection.Jazmin Calyeca, MS, PhD. Nationwide Children's Hospital
  1. Implementation of A Three-Dimensional Printed Laryngoscope Holding Helmet for Continuous Laryngoscopy During Exercise in a Dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction Clinic.Anna Christina Clements, MD. University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital.
08:00-08:30: GI Literature Year in Review
Speaker: Pang Krasaelap
08:30-09:00: SLP/NUT Literature year in review
Speaker: Cheryl Hersh
09:00-10:00: Abstracts Session #2
Moderator: Sara Zak
  1. Reach and Adoption of the Childhood Dysphagia Management Scale. Jenny Maybee, OTR, MA CCC-SLP. Children's Hospital Colorado.
  1. Caregivers of Children with Down syndrome Worry About Feeding and Swallowing and Modify Their Child’s Diet Regardless of Dysphagia Diagnosis/Impact. Arwen Jackson, MA CCC-SLP. Children's Hospital Colorado.
  1. Esophagitis and Stricture Prevalence in Children with Esophageal Atresia/Tracheoesophageal Fistula and Treatment Outcome.Anam Bashir. Medical College of Wisconsin.
  1. Esophageal pathology and the aerodigestive triple endoscopy for pediatric recurrent croup. Seema Khan, MD. Stanford University/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
  1. Team Affiliation and Positive Work Relationships Attenuate the Negative Impact of Loneliness on Job Satisfaction: A Study of Aerodigestive Team Members.Norah Janosy. University of Colorado.
08:00-08:30: Update from the Aerodigestive Research Collaborative
Speakers: Paul Boesch, Chris Wootten
08:30-09:15: Swallowing 101: What Every Family Member Should Know
Speakers: Dana Williams, Dayna Roznowski
09:15-10:00: Parental Perspective on Communicating Inside and Outside the Aero Team
Co-Moderators: Taher Valika & Matt Brigger
Speakers: Maureen Devlin, Riahannon Valdez, Cheryl Paquete
Room Monitor David Molter Sarah Kinder Scott Rickert
10:00-10:30 Break and poster session
10:30-12:00 10:30-12:00: Learning from Each Other: Aerodigestive Coordinator, RN, and APP Forum
Moderator: Clare Spahr, Jesse Erkman, Tinsley Recher, Amy Wrenn, Victoria Cohen, Sarah Vitolo, Annie Banas
10:30-12:00: Aerodigestive Management of the Syndromic Patient: Trisomy 21, CHARGE and 22Q
Moderator: Sarah Kinder
Speakers: Clare Richardson, Sara Zak, Phillip Knollman
10:30-11:15: Controversies in managing Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome
Moderator: Derek Lam
Speakers: Susan Slattery, Tracey Stewart, Ajay Kasi
11:15-12:00: Prevention and Management of Childhood Bronchiectasis
Moderator: Emily DeBoer
Speakers: Aparna Rao, Matt Abts
Room Monitor Clare Spahr Tom Gallagher Sarah Hofman-DeYoung


Saturday November 4th PM Session 5: Aerodigestive

Room Hensel West Krugman Hensel East
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 13:00-14:15: Aerodigestive Care in Congenital Heart Disease
Moderator: Matt Brigger
Speakers: Doug Sidell, Naomi Lowe, Nikhila Raol, Robin Deterding
14:15-15:00: Button Batteries & Caustic Ingestion: Acute Management and Long-term Care of Esophageal Injury
Moderator: Nik Wolter
Speakers: Tendy Chiang, Kishore Sandu, Natashia Seemann
13:00-13:45: Expanding the Aero Team: Inpatient Consults / Leveraging the EMR / Role of the APP
Moderator: Lyndy Wilcox
Speakers: Jennifer Kha, Nasim Zadeh, Dave Molter, Sarah Connearney
13:45-14:30: Telemedicine in Aerodigestive Clinics
Moderator: Taher Valika
Speakers: Scott Rickert, Sara Zak
14:30-15:00: Overcoming the Supply Chain and Labor Shortages in Healthcare
Moderator: Jeremy Prager
Speakers: Andrew Georgilis, Joel Friedlander, Paul Imaoka
13:00-13:45: The Role of Anti-Inflammatories in the Aerodigestive Population.
Moderator: Tom Gallagher
Speakers: Daiva Parakininkas, Hayat Mousa
13:45-14:30: How much aspiration can a pulmonologist tolerate?
Moderator: Tassos Koumbourlis
Speakers: Mohammad Fazili, Edgar Belteton
14:30-15:00: Microbiome in the Aerodigestive Patient
Speaker: Jason Qian
Room Monitor Dana Williams Molter/Prager Sarah Hofman-DeYoung
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-16:50 15:30-16:50: The Strange, the Weird and the Difficult: Aero Cases We Wish We Had Done Differently
Moderator: Doug Sidell
Speakers: Paul Boesch, Patricio Valera, Mike Rutter
Room Monitor Tom Gallagher
16:50-17:00 Closing Ceremonies
Speakers: Matt Brigger, Kaalan Johnson



We recommend joining our group reservation at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, or book a room at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver. These hotels are across the street from the Anschutz Medical Campus and a quick 15 minute walk or 5 minute shuttle ride to the conference venue.

Continuing Education

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, ANCC  and AAPA Category 1 CME credits.

See final CE activity announcement for specific details.

CE credit provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Aerodigestive Society. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Credit being awarded:17.50 ANCC contact hours



Physician Assistant

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 17.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 

Continuing Education (CEU) Credit

This course will offer ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area).


Financial Disclosure

The following companies provided financial support:

Questions and Additional Information 

Please contact Vicki Muscatello at vicki.muscatello@cuanschutz.edu or 303-724-1965

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