When your child needs care for an ear, nose or throat condition, the highly specialized otolaryngology doctors at Arkansas Children’s will manage the condition with a holistic approach. Our pediatric otolaryngology team uses the most advanced systems and procedures to address your child’s specific condition—as well as his or her physical and mental well-being. We are nationally and internationally recognized experts in caring for common and complex otolaryngology conditions.

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The Otolaryngology team diagnoses and treats a broad range of pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions, from ear infections and tonsillitis to larynx reconstruction or hemangiomas.

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Meet the Team

The otolaryngology program at Arkansas Children’s uses a multidisciplinary approach to care that includes doctors, nurses and speech, language and hearing therapists. All of our doctors are board certified in otolaryngology.

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The Pediatric Otolaryngologist/Plastic Surgeon - These specialists are responsible for the surgical closure of the cleft and related operations which your child may require. Any ear disease, speech disorder or hearing loss, will also be closely monitored and treated by these physicians. 

The Audiologist - Since children with cleft palate have an increased risk of ear problems, ongoing audiological surveillance is necessary. The audiologist provides appropriate assessments for monitoring hearing status so that diagnosis and treatment can be made for any cleft-related hearing problems. 

The Dental Specialists - The dental specialists include the pediatric dentist, orthodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist, and prosthodontist. These specialists keep track of your child's dental growth and development and provide information on oral hygiene and dental treatment that may be necessary due to the cleft. 

The Geneticist - The geneticist alongside his genetic counselor, is available to discuss how clefts of the lip and palate occur and to answer questions about the risk of recurrence with future pregnancies. Later, this specialist can help your teenager understand the cause of a cleft and advise him or her about individual circumstances.

The Neuropsychologist - The neuropsychologist is available to discuss you or your child's concerns.
 
The Speech Pathologist - The speech pathologist will provide you with information about typical speech development along with suggestions for stimulation speech when your child is very young. Speech and swallowing dysfunction will be closely monitored and appropriate treatments or therapies will be prescribed at Arkansas Children's or if appropriate, closer to home. 

The Social Worker - The clinical social worker is available to meet with the family to assist in the psychosocial and emotional aspects of cleft lip/palate. This specialist is aware of services available in the community to which the family can be referred for information on medical coverage, financial assistance, and support groups/services. 

The Clinical Nutritionist - The nutritionist assists with any early feeding difficulties and monitors the child¹s nutritional intake. This specialist also provides follow-up of weight gain and height/weight parameters and provides information and support with specific diets related to some of the surgeries. 

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- The nurse is available as a contact person to provide information and ensure that parents understand their child's health needs, treatment plan and follow-up. This specialist assists with the child's presurgical readiness and post-surgical recovery and provides instructions for home care.

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At Arkansas Children’s, our expert otolaryngologists are highly skilled at providing advanced care and treatment for many conditions of the ear, nose and throat. Your child’s doctor will discuss treatment options with you and will work with you to develop the best care plan for your child.

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The Otolaryngology team at Arkansas Children's is actively involved in research to improve the care, treatments and outcomes for children with ear, nose and throat conditions. The research-related activities of our doctors, nurses and therapists include:

  • Participation in multiple clinical trials
  • Numerous research grants with Basic Science laboratory
  • Clinical and basic science investigations of treatments for hemangiomas and vascular anomalies
  • Studies of laser treatments for birthmarks and cosmetic lesions
  • Published Books: Common ENT Disorders in Pediatrics by Charles M. Bower, M.D. and Gresham T Richter, M.D.
  • Numerous published book chapters and articles
  • Members of multiple national and International organizations related to pediatric care and ENT disorders and vascular and cleft conditions

The Ear, Nose and Throat department at Arkansas Children's performs over 5,000 surgeries each year and provides care for children through more than 17,000 visits for ENT treatment.

ENT Patient Volumes

 ENT Patient Volumes 

 Arkansas Children’s Hospital – Little Rock 

 Arkansas Children’s Northwest – Springdale 

 Totals 

2018

17,056

440

17,496

2019

16,693

3,417

20,110

 

ENT Surgery Volumes

 ENT Patient Volumes 

 Arkansas Children’s Hospital – Little Rock 

 Arkansas Children’s Northwest – Springdale 

 Totals 

2018

5,014

0

5,014

2019

5,223

1,252

6,475

The otolaryngology doctors at Arkansas Children’s are recognized for their expertise and their work in training and educating other ENT professionals. Our doctors have published books and contributed to websites that create materials to share best practices among otolaryngology specialists. Right here at Arkansas Children’s, our doctors partner with each other, as well as with residents and fellows to further improve research capabilities.

Training Programs

At Arkansas Children’s we are dedicated to educating tomorrow’s ENT doctors. We provide intense training for residents and fellows:

Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

  • Fellowship Director: Larry Hartzell, M.D.
  • Coordinator: Toni Sanders

Resident training in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery

  • Director: Abby Nolder, M.D.

Undergraduate and Medical Student Research Programs. Undergraduate and medical students can participate in research efforts through UAMS and Arkansas Children’s.

  • Director: Gresham Richter, M.D.

Our educational resources include:

  • Common ENT Disorders in Pediatrics, a book by Charles M. Bower M.D. and Gresham T Richter M.D.
  • CSurgeries Our doctors contribute to this website, which is an online library of peer-reviewed surgical videos. The site is a centralized source for medical videos available to students and doctors.
  • Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI). At ACRI, our doctors and researchers are studying new advancements in treatments, diagnosis and management for a wide variety of ENT conditions. The ACRI website includes information for doctors, researchers and families interested in taking part in a clinical trial.
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