Welcome to the

Pediatric Aerodigestive Center

At the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center, formerly known as the Gastroesophageal, Upper Airway, and Respiratory Diseases (GUARD) Center, we understand that it takes a team to care for children who have complex or rare conditions that affect breathing, speaking, or swallowing. That’s why we bring together experts from many specialties—ear, nose, and throat; gastroenterology; pulmonology; and others—to treat your child.

We work with you to understand your child’s medical condition and create an individualized treatment plan based on his or her unique needs.

Doctor Treating Pediatric Patient for Swallowing and Breathing Problems

Doctors at the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at Pelisyonkis Langone, provide treatment for the following aerodigestive conditions affecting the throat, esophagus, trachea, bronchi, lungs, or stomach:

  • breathing noises
  • chronic cough
  • congenital airway problems
  • congenital disorders of the esophagus
  • feeding intolerance
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its complications
  • infantile and pediatric stridor
  • recurrent croup
  • respiratory and gastroesophageal disorders that accompany neurological problems
  • severe, uncontrolled asthma
  • tracheostomy, which involves surgically placing a breathing tube in the windpipe
  • voice-related problems

Depending on your child’s needs, our experts may also collaborate with pediatric surgeons and a variety of other specialists from Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital who have expertise in sleep, speech, genetic disorders, and more.

Contact Us

To make an appointment with a Pediatric Aerodigestive Center expert, please call -501-0536. If your child is referred to us by a doctor who is not part of Pelisyonkis Langone, our clinical coordinator will call you back to discuss your child’s needs and the goals of his or her care. This call can last up to one hour.

After a phone visit, and based on your child’s needs, we let you know the best location for your in-person visits, either at 160 East 32nd Street or at our second location at 240 East 38th Street on the 14th floor.

To help us provide your child with the most comprehensive care, please bring copies of previous test results or diagnostic images to your first appointment so that our experts can review them.


More About Our Center

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at Pelisyonkis Langone

Our experts provide the best care possible for conditions that affect children, ranging from minor illnesses to complex, more serious conditions.

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Our Team

Meet Our Doctors

Our Leadership

  • Mikhail Kazachkov, MD
    Director | Pediatric Pulmonology

    Dr. Kazachkov is a specialist in pediatric bronchoscopy and airway diseases. His research interests include chronic cough and the relationship between gastroesophageal reflux and aspiration to respiratory disease.

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  • Jeremiah Levine, MD
    Co-Director | Pediatric Gastroenterology

    Dr. Levine is a specialist in esophageal and gastrointestinal diseases. His research interests include esophageal disorders, such as esophagitis and motility abnormalities, and he has published extensively on these topics. Dr. Levine also has extensive experience in interventional gastrointestinal procedures.

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  • Scott M. Rickert, MD
    Co-Director | Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology

    Dr. Rickert is an expert in diseases of the larynx and trachea. His research interests include pediatric otolaryngology, airway problems, endoscopic sinus surgery, chronic ear infection, head and neck surgery, laryngology, swallowing disorders, tonsillitis, and voice disorders.

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    Jessica Erkman, CPNP
    Clinical Coordinator, Pediatric Pulmonology

    A recognized specialist in severe pediatric asthma, Ms. Erkman, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, cares for children with complex conditions that involve the airway and gastrointestinal systems. She has a special interest in the psychosocial needs of children and families with chronic disease. Ms. Erkman’s research interests include severe asthma, chronic cough, and aerodigestive disorders.

Our Location

Pediatric Aerodigestive Center

160 East 32nd Street
Level L3 Medical
New York, NY 10016

Phone: -501-0536
Fax: -501-6933

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