Pediatric Aerodigestive Program

The Pediatric Aerodigestive Program at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland specializes in comprehensive care for children with aerodigestive disorders.

The program’s multidisciplinary team of medical professionals collaborate closely to provide personalized, compassionate and cutting-edge care that is comprehensive and integrated. Patients can see all specialists in one visit at one location, which helps streamline and coordinate diagnosis and treatment while avoiding delays.

We are proud to be recognized for meeting the highest standards of medical expertise, for our state-of-the-art facilities and for our commitment to patient-centered care. Our goal is to optimize the health and well-being of every child we serve.

What We Treat

Our clinic can help treat respiratory and digestive problems related to:

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Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center
Department of Otolaryngology, 6th Floor
601 N. Caroline St, Baltimore, MD 21287

Preparing for Your Visit

  • Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before your appointment to complete any necessary paperwork.
  • Please upload any relevant documentation or imaging to MyChart prior to visit and bring this with you the day of your appointment. You can email the address below for assistance.
  • Prepare a list of questions or concerns you want to discuss with the care team.

Our Services

The Pediatric Aerodigestive Program offers a nurturing and supportive environment for patients and their families. We prioritize open communication and active involvement in decision-making to ensure you are well informed and empowered throughout the treatment process.

A wide range of services is tailored to meet each child’s unique needs. The services include:

Diagnostic Testing

We use advanced diagnostic procedures to evaluate aerodigestive conditions accurately. These may include endoscopic examinations, imaging studies and pulmonary function tests.

Treatment and Therapy

Our team develops individualized treatment plans that may include medical management, surgical interventions, endoscopy, speech therapy, nutrition counseling and rehabilitation services.

Care Coordination

We work closely with the child’s primary care physician and other specialists to ensure seamless coordination of care and to optimize outcomes.

Family Support

We understand the challenges that families face when dealing with aerodigestive disorders. We provide emotional support and educational resources, and we connect families with support groups and community resources.

Meet Our Team

Our experienced medical professionals are ready to meet your child’s unique needs. We look forward to providing exceptional care and support for your family throughout the treatment journey.


“Nina” Melinda DeSell, M.S., C.R.N.P.

Nina Desell



Speech-Language Pathology

Bethany Kirby, SLP

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Collaborating Departments

Learn more about the specialty pediatric departments that contribute to your child's care in the program:

Patient Resources

MyChart Access

Upload and access relevant medical records that you will bring to your visit. 

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