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Fifth 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.

Date: October 19-21, 2017

LocationUniversity 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:

  • ​Analyze and implement current care standards and management options for children with complex aerodigestive diseases such as tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia.
  • Evaluate the relevance of gastroesophageal diseases on airway disease states and surgical outcomes.
  • Identify diagnostic and therapeutic options for swallowing disorders and chronic aspiration in children, including the evolving surgical and medical management.
  • Evaluate treatment options for long-term complications following laryngotracheal reconstructive procedures.
  • Analyze and implement standardization efforts for children with complex medical and surgical needs.

Tentative Schedule: *Rooms are in bold. All unspecified presentations will be in Hensel Phelps West.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Registration with Meet & Greet with snacks


Aerodigestive Society Administrative Update; Dr. Christopher Wootten


What Aerodigestive Can Learn from the chILD network; Dr. Robin Deterding


Delphi Update; Dr. Paul Boesch


Correct Coding in the Management of Aerodigestive Disease; Dr. Lawrence Simon



Friday, October 20, 2017


Aerodigestive Society Administrative Update; Drs. Christopher Wootten, Jeremy Prager, Paul Boesch, and Joel Friedlander


TEF/EA/Tracheobroncomalacia; Drs. Tom Kovesi, Russel Jennings & Usha Krishnan


Voice Panel; Moderator: Dr. Alessandro de Alarcon; Panel: Drs. Scott Rickert, Julina Ongkasuwan & Scott McMurray


Lunch and Poster Session


Aspiration of Unknown Etiology; Drs. Claire Miller & Evan Propst


Concurrent Presentations

-HP West: TDABC Update; Drs. Christopher Hartnick & Mahek Shah

-Krugman: Developing a Program with Limited Resources; Dr. Nicole Murray

-HP East: Standardization of Instrumental Swallowing Exams and Outcomes; Dr. Claire Miller


Concurrent Presentations

-HP West: Bioresorbable Airway Stents; Gareth Morgan

-Krugman: Team Burnout & Wellness; Drs. Alison Brainard & Norah Janosy

-HP East: Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator; Dr. Christopher Hartnick    


Diagnosis and Management of Pediatric Aspiration; Dr. Mike Rutter



Saturday, October 21, 2017


-Best Practices Review; Dr. Rachel Rosen

-A Radiologist’s Perspective on Aerodigestive Programs; Dr. Robert Fleck


Microbiome; Drs. Rachel Rosen and Mikhail Kazachkov


Concurrent Presentations

-HP West: Cricopharyngeal Dysfunction; Dr. Samuel Nurko

-Krugman: The Effects of Aspiration on the Lungs; Dr. Tom Kovesi

-HP East: Dysphagia in Children with Down Syndrome; Dr. Emily DeBoer, Arwen Jackson, Jennifer Maybee


Concurrent Presentations

-HP West: Aerodigestive Approach to Refractory Asthma; Dr. Mikhail Kazachkov

-Krugman: Tracheostomy: Discharge Planning, Chronic Care, and Decannulation Practices; Drs. Karthik Balakrishnan & Doug Sidell

-HP East: NG-Tube Weaning and Thickening Liquids: Management of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia; Kara Fletcher Larson, MS, CCC-SLP


Lunch and Poster Session


AERO, Sleep & DISE; Dr. Norman Friedman


Concurrent Presentations

-HP West: Advanced Practice Providers and Coordinators Breakout Session; Ben Corbett, Janet Germann, Sparrow Helland & Karyn Grenz

-Krugman: Special Topics in FEES; Bridget Harrington, Shaunda Harendt, Margaret Spring

-HP East: Innovation in Multidisciplinary Teams; Dr. Joel Friedlander


Concurrent Presentations​

-HP West: Side Effects and Iatrogenic Nuisances; Drs. Karthik Balakrishnan, Ben Gold, Paul Boesch & Doug Sidell

-Krugman: FEES Lab; Jennifer Maybee, Bridget Harrington, Shaunda Harendt, Margaret Spring

-HP East: EoE in EA; Dr. Usha Krishnan

Poster Session
There will be a poster session set up in Krugman Conference Hall (Trivisible Room) throughout the duration of the conference. Please submit your poster to Ellen Ricker​ for review. The conference will provide a board, pin, and stand for all approved posters.

Registration and Payment
Course registration fees are as follows: 


On/Before 9/30/2017

On/After 10/1/2017




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: Online registration is now closed, but you may still register for this conference. Please email Ellen Ricker​ or call 303-724-1957 to register. This will ensure that a packet will be made for you. Please bring your payment to the event. 

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 10/01/17. 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 19 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
American Speech-Language Hearing Association

The program is seeking approval for 1.8 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area). ​

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We recommend that you reserve your stay at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver. This hotel is 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 Hyatt to the conference spaces.

Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver

The special room rate has been extended until September 18, 2017. 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 402-592-6464 and mention Aerodigestive Program.

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Questions and Additional Information 

Please contact Ellen Ricker by email​ or phone at 303-724-1957.

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