MU Children's Hospital offers the only pediatric specialty Otolaryngology or ENT clinic in mid-Missouri. Our clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate care to each of our young patients and their families. Here you will find a team of highly experienced pediatric experts. They have leading-edge medical expertise and care for kids with most pediatric health problems surrounding the ears, nose, throat, head and neck.
Specialized, Pediatric Health Care Second to None
Dr. Eliav Gov-Ari leads MU Children's Hospital's pediatric ENT team; a group of highly trained pediatric experts including a dedicated nurse practitioner, audiologists, speech therapists, nurses and social workers. Together, this team is able to provide children with the most specialized and individual care available. Additionally, as a part of MU Children's Hospital, this team has access to some of the very best surgical and medical sub-specialists including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, general surgeons, pulmonologists and radiologists all of whom are also pediatric specialists.
Why Choose a Pediatric ENT Physician?
There are many reasons kids benefit from seeing a health care expert trained specifically to care for children. It takes a health care team with the skill, knowledge, focus, experience and specialized training in pediatrics to be able to offer the very best care for kids.
Kids, as we often say, are not tiny adults. They are still growing and developing, so they respond differently to certain illnesses and health problems than adults would. For example, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a disease that is usually associated with adults. Yet, more and more children are being diagnosed with GERD. But GERD usually causes many different symptoms in children than in adults. It takes the discerning eye of health care specialists who are highly experienced in caring for kids to be able to spot unique symptom sets and make accurate diagnoses.
Kids are physiologically different than adults, so our health care team must know how to use the right approach, both physically and medically. And, of course, children communicate differently than adults, so our team makes certain they are able to answer kids' questions and help them feel at ease.
Additionally, in the field of pediatric otolaryngology, surgeons and their health care teams often care for kids with extremely serious congenital health problems. These types of health issues are ones a child is born with, and thus need to be treated and managed by a health care team who is familiar with congenital syndromes and the health problems they cause. Our Pediatric Otolaryngology health care team is experienced in caring for children with even the rarest congenital health issues.
Some of the Diseases and Disorders We Treat
- Sinus, laryngeal, thyroid and esophageal disorders
- Hearing loss or imparement
- Airway obstructions or malformations
- Balance disorders
- Head and neck masses
- Treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate problems and related speech disorders
- Voice disorders
- Chronic ear infections
- Swallowing disorders
- Speech disorders
- Sleep Apnea
- Sinonasal disorders
- Hemangioma and vascular malformations
- Laryngeal and tracheal anomalies
- Infant feeding issues
MU Children's Hospital partners with the University of Missouri's School of Medicine, making it the premiere medical research institution in the area. Our Pediatric Otolaryngology team often participates in research studies on the forefront of pediatric medicine. Currently, our team is a part of several studies. One study is delving into how to best approach and treat pediatric neck masses. Another study is looking at infant breastfeeding problems paired with the occurrence of being tongue-tied. A third study is comparing the educational effectiveness of physicians talking one-on-one to a patient's family members versus getting a DVD to take home and watch prior to surgery.
Where We Are
ENT and Allergy Center of Missouri
812 Keene St.
Columbia, Mo. 65201