Seventh Annual Contemporary Management of Aerodigestive Disease in Children

A collaboration among pediatric otolaryngology, pulmonary, gastroenterology and speech/swallowing specialties 

Presented by University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology. 
Sponsored by University of Colorado School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Aerodigestive disease 400Date: November 14-16, 2019

Location: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
12800 East 19th Avenue
Aurora, Colorado 80045

Intended Audience

This course is intended for pediatric otolaryngologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, advanced practice providers, program nurses and nutritionists who provide care for children with complex breathing and feeding issues. In addition, those interested in multidisciplinary care delivery for populations with complex medical needs, include administrators, will find this conference beneficial. Residents, fellows, students interested in these topics are encouraged to attend.

Course Overview

After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify metrics in use currently and potentially future metrics that may be used to quantify the value of care delivered by Aerodigestive programs. 
  • Develop hands-on skills and experience with fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing techniques and findings. 
  • Analyze the current state of evaluation and management of severe tracheobronchomalacia, including current medical and surgical methods and their short and long-term outcomes.
  • Implement algorithmic approaches to aspiration, special populations (e.g. Down syndrome), airway stenosis and airway malacia currently in use at Aerodigestive programs around the county. 
  • Identify gaps in professional practice and methods of process improvement that have been used previously by Aerodigestive programs that may be of benefit and implement those methods on a local level. ​​



​Thursday, November 14, 2019
​Time                                     ​        Hensel Phelps West
12:00-1:00 PM​                                  Registration, Lunch, Meet & Greet
                                        Krugman Conference Hall
​1:00-1:15 PMWelcome
Jeremy Prager
​1:15-2:00 PMValue Based Care Update
Mahek Shah
​2:00-2:30 PM​​Developing Aero Programs Outside North America
Alvaro Pacheco
​2:30-3:00 PMHow Health Care Systems Influence What We Can Do & Want To Do
Moderator: R. Paul Boesch; Panelists: Ryan Belcher, Tom Kovesi & Christopher Wootten
​3:00-3:30 PMAerodigestive as an Inpatient Service
Vrinda Bhardwaj & Doug Sidell
​3:30-4:00 PMWellness on Multidisciplinary Aerodigestive Teams
Emily DeBoer, Norah Janosy & Alison Brainard
​4:00-4:30 PM​QI & Endoscopy
Rob Kramer
4:30-5:00 PM​Neurotoxicity Update
Myron Yaster​
​5:00-6:00 PM​Executive Committee Meeting
​6:30 PM​Welcome Reception
Comida at The Stanley Marketplace
2501 Dallas Street
Aurora, CO 80010
Friday, November 15, 2019
​Time​                 Hensel Phelps West​            Krugman​Hensel Phelps East
​7:00-8:00 AM​                                             Registration & Breakfast ​ ​
                                              Krugman Conference Hall
​8:00-8:30 AM​Aerodigestive Society Presidential Address
R. Paul Boesch
​8:30-9:00 AMCollaboration: Planning, Diagnosis, & Surgery
Michael Rutter
​9:00-10:00 AM​Patient/Parent Panel 
Moderator: Jensen Handwork
​10:00-10:30 AM
Essential Partnerships with Primary Care and Complex Care Practices
Patricia Notario & Chris Stille
3D Printing & Modeling 
Kaalan Johnson & David Zopf
​10:30-11:00 AMSeedling to Tree: Grassroots QI to Funding
Eric Gantwerker
​11:00-11:30 AMTEF Guidelines
Tom Kovesi
Difficult Esophageal Strictures
Rob Kramer
​11:30 AM-
12:00 PM
Anesthesia for Tracheomalacia & Tracheopexy
Melissa Masaracchia
​12:00-1:00 PM​ ​                     Lunch & Abstract Presentations - Moderator: Joe Piccoine
                                           Krugman Conference Hall
​1:00-2:00 PMVoice & the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve
Marshall Smith, Alessandro de Alarcon, Scott Rickert
High-Flow Nasal Cannula for Pediatric OSA
Stephen Hawkins & Su Linstrom
​2:00-4:00 PMTEF/EA Session
Stig Somme, Daniel von Allmen, Nicole Murray, Glenn Green & Charles Smithers
​​4:00-5:00 PMClinical Utility of HRM 
Ashli O’Rourke
Pediatric Airway Surgery 
as Adult Airway Surgeon 
Moderator: Christopher Wootten;
Panelists: Matt Brigger, Gresham Richter, Scott Rickert & Mike Rutter​
​​Current & Future Therapies for GERD
Eric Chiou
Interventional Pulmonary 
Ali Musani​
​5:00-6:00 PM​​
Research Committee Meeting​Membership Committee Meeting
​ ​Family Liaison Committee
Saturday, November 16, 2019
​Time​       Hensel Phelps West​                 Krugman​     Hensel Phelps East
​7:00-8:00 AM​                                              Registration & Breakfast ​ ​
                                              Krugman Conference Hall ​
​8:00-9:00 AM​Aero Research Best of the Year from ENT/GI/Pulm
Nancy Bauman, Rachel Rosen & Matthew Abts
​9:00-9:30 AMSevere Asthma & the Role of Bronchoscopy & Aerodigestive
Mikhail Kazachkov
What the Clinician Needs to Know About Tracheal Tissue Engineering
Tendy Chiang
Dysphagia & Ankylglossia 
Margo McKenna
​9:30-10:00 AMBest Practices in Pediatric Decannulation
Chris Baker
Tracheostomy & Open Airway Surgery Simulation
Evan Propst
Asthma Patients in Aerodigestive Programs Jessica Erkman
10:00-11:00 AMDiagnostic & Therapeutic Approaches to Vomiting
Rachel Rosen
Dysphagia & Manometry Cases & Therapeutics
Ashli O’Rourke
​Nursing & APP Breakout
Ben Corbett & Sparrow Helland
​11:00-11:30 AM​Creative Thickenings Before
Consideration of Enteral Tubes

Kara Larson

​11:30AM-12:00 PM​Enteral Tubes: When, Why,
& Which
Maireade McSweeney
​12:00-1:00 PMGI Lunch Session Panel: ​The GI Role in Aerodigestive Settings Small, Medium                                                                          and Large 
                                             Krugman Conference Hall

​1:00-1:30 PM​Vocal Cord Dysfunction Update
Tod Olin
​1:30-2:00 PM​Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease & the Airway
Max Mitchell
​2:00-3:00 PM​Aerodigestive Triple Endoscopy from the Anesthesiologist's Perspective
Moderator: Chris Ciarallo
Panelists: Norah Janosy, Melissa Brooks
Advanced FEES Session
Jeremy Prager, Jennifer Maybee, Bridget Harrington, Ashley Worthington
GI Considerations in the Neurologically Compromised Patients 
Sam Nurko
​3:00-4:00 PMComplications From Triple Scopes
Moderator: Steve Goudy
Panelists: Dan Benscoter,
Sparrow Helland, Melissa Brooks, Joel Friedlander & Lyndy Wilcox
​Advanced Topics in FEES
​4:00-4:30 PMConnected Care Solutions in the Pediatric Practice
Christopher Colby
​4:30-5:00 PMDelphi Update
R. Paul Boesch​
​5:00-6:00 PM​Society Board Meeting​​Strategic Committee

Abstract Submission for Podium or Poster Presentation

Please note that you MUST create a separate account in order to submit an abstract.​ This account is different from your registration account. 

Abstract submission deadline is October 11th. You will be notified if your abstract has been accepted by October 20th, 2019

Three cash awards of $250 will be awarded to the three best posters or presentations.

Poster Session

The poster session set up in Krugman Conference Hall (Trivisible Room) throughout the duration of the conference. The conference will provide a board, pin, and stand for all approved posters. Recommended poster size is 36"x48" but larger sizes are acceptable.

Registration and Payment
Course registration fees are as follows: 



On/Before 11/2/2019

On/After 11/3/2019​

Day Rate





Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, or Nutritionist




Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners








Resident, Fellow, or Student



If you are an invited speaker, please register using the link below. Registration fees are waived for speakers. ​

Note:  Course fees include all sessions, CME/CEU credit, materials, and breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday.
 Registration: To register, please visit our registration page here. Please email Katelynn Jennings​ or call 303-724-1957 for any questions. 

Cancellation Policy
If you must cancel your registration for this course, we will refund your registration less a $25 processing fee, provided you notify us by midnight 11/02/19. In the event of cancellation or rescheduling due to unforeseen circumstances, the University of Colorado Denver will refund registration fees in full. The University of Colorado Denver is not responsible for non-transferable, non-refundable airline tickets or hotel accommodations purchased in connection with attendance at this activity. If for any reason the course is cancelled by the provider, the University of Colorado Denver will refund registration fees in full. 

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit
The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education (CEU) Credit

This course is offered for up to 2.0 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area)

Attendees seeking continuing education credit must attend sessions in full and must complete the conference evaluation and ASHA form and return them to Katelynn in person in order to receive ASHA CEUs.

Speaker Disclosures


We recommend that you reserve your stay at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver, or the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. These hotels are across the street from the Anschutz Medical Campus and is a quick 15 minute walk or shuttle ride. Please view this page​ for walking directions from the hotels to the conference spaces.


Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver - SOLD OUT

The special room rate is available until October 23rd, 2019. Be sure to book as soon as possible as the group block is likely to sell out soon! The Hyatt offers complimentary shuttles to and from the Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition, the hotel offers shuttles to the Colfax Light Rail station (use this station to take the Light Rail to the Denver International Airport). The participant is responsible for scheduling the complimentary Hyatt shuttle.

Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver
13200 East 14th Place
Aurora, CO 80011

To book lodging, please visit this website or call 303-365-1234 and mention Aerodigestive Program group code G-ADDC.


SpringHill Suites by Marriott-Anschutz Medical Campus - LIMITED AVAILABILITY REMAINING

The special room rate is available until October 13th, 2019. Be sure to book as soon as possible as the group block is likely to sell out soon! SpringHill Suites offers complimentary shuttles to and from the Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition, the hotel offers shuttles anywhere within a 3 mile radius. The shuttle runs every hour on the 30.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
13400 East Colfax Avenue
Aurora, CO 80011

To book lodging, please visit this website or call 720-262-4571 and mention Aerodigestive Program.​


We want to thank Bryan Medical and PENTAX Medical for their financial support for this course.

Questions and Additional Information 

Please contact or phone at 303-724-1950.

Americans with Disability Act: Please if you have any need for auxiliary aids or special assistance.​​

If you are not satisfied with the course, or if
you have any concerns or complaints, please contact
; 303-724-1950) immediately following the
Complaints will be brought to the attention of the course directors immediately and the
complainant should receive a response from course directors within 7 business days.
Individuals are encouraged to contact the ASHA Approved CE Provider and
attempt to resolve any problem before filing a complaint with the ASHA’s
Continuing Education Board (CEB). ​