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Pediatric Gastroesophageal, Upper Airway & Respiratory Diseases Center

We provide diagnosis and treatment for children with swallowing, gastroesophageal, and breathing problems.

At the Pediatric Gastroesophageal, Upper Airway, and Respiratory Diseases Center (GUARD), part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone, we understand that it takes a team to optimize care for children who have complex or rare aerodigestive—throat, esophagus, trachea, bronchi, lungs, or stomach—issues that affect breathing, speaking, and swallowing.

That’s why we’ve brought together ear, nose, and throat specialists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, and other experts to work with children and parents as a team. Our experts collaborate with you to get a clear understanding of your child’s medical condition and create an individualized treatment plan based on his or her unique needs. Your participation can be vital for helping your child to have the best possible outcome.

Doctor Treating Pediatric Patient for Swallowing and Breathing Problems

Children with a variety of conditions may be candidates for treatment at the GUARD Center, including:

  • 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
  • tracheostomy, which involves surgically placing a breathing tube in the windpipe
  • voice-related problems

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


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Hassenfeld Children's Hospital of New York

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

Our team of experts specializes in caring for children with breathing, speaking, and swallowing problems, and work together with you and your child to find the best possible treatment plan.

Meet Our Doctors
Meet Our Doctors

Our Leadership

  • Mikhail Kazachkov, MD
    Director | Pediatric Pulmonology

    Dr. Kazachkov is a recognized specialist in pediatric bronchoscopy and airway diseases. His research interests include studying 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 recognized specialist in esophageal and gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. Levine’s 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 a recognized 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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    Kathryn Fitzgerald, CPNP, DNP
    Clinical Coordinator

    Dr. Fitzgerald is a recognized specialist in providing care to children with neurological impairment and respiratory problems. Her research interests include treatment of respiratory diseases in children with cerebral palsy.

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    Tina M. Tan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
    Coordinator for Pediatric Feeding/Swallowing Services

    Ms. Tan is a speech-language pathologist and a board-certified specialist in feeding and swallowing disorders. She is recognized as a specialist in assessment and treatment of children with feeding and swallowing impairments. She has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of children with medically complex oropharyngeal swallowing impairments and feeding disorders, and the management of these patients using an integrated team approach.

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    Olga Stavrakaridis
    Senior Assistant

    Mrs. Stavrakaridis has extensive administrative experience in arranging care for patients with complex gastroesophageal and respiratory diseases.

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Our Location

Pediatric Gastroesophageal, Upper Airway & Respiratory Diseases Center

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