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The Wayne State University Physician Group team of pediatric ENTs treats children of all ages with common and complex disorders using the latest treatments and most advanced surgical techniques. The pediatric ear, nose and throat specialists at WSUPG provide regular ENT care for healthy children, while also treating some of the most complex cases in the state.

About the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology

The division of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is comprised of two WSUPG surgeons with fellowship training in pediatric otolaryngology and craniofacial surgery. The division offers state-of-the-art management of all ENT problems in children. Our specialists see more than 5,500 patients and perform 700 surgeries every year.

Our fellowship trained faculty are comfortable performing all routine surgical interventions which include ear tubes, tonsillar adenoid surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery. In addition, our specialists offer advanced surgical treatments for children, which include tympanoplasty, tympanomastoidectomy, cochlear implant surgery, endoscopic and open airway surgery, endoscopic and open surgery for craniofacial lesions of the nose, and cleft lip and palate surgery.

Conditions treated

  • Ear abnormalities
    • Chronic ear infections
    • Recurrent ear infections
    • Choanal atresia
    • Cholesteatomas
    • Congenital aural atresia and microtia
    • Dizziness and balance
    • Nose
    • Sinus infections
    • Congenital nasal deformities
    • Nasal obstructions and deformities
  • Throat/Neck/Airway
    • Sleep apnea
    • Congenital neck masses
    • Airway foreign body
    • Stridor
    • Laryngomalacia
    • Vocal cord paralysis
    • Subglottic stenosis
    • Laryngotracheal stenosis
    • Laryngeal clefts
    • Vocal fold nodules
    • Hoarseness or hyper-nasal speech
    • GERD (Acid Reflux)
    • Recurrent croup
  • ENT problems in syndromic children
  • Cleft lip & palate
  • Facial nerve injuries or paralysis
  • Developmental disorders
  • Traumatic head and neck injuries

Treatments offered

  • Adenoidectomy & Tonsillectomy
  • Ear tubes
  • Cochlear implant surgery
  • Tympanoplasty
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Sleep apnea treatment
  • Nasal endoscopy
  • Sinus surgery
  • Surgery for craniofacial lesions of the nose – open and endoscopic
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Tracheotomy
  • Airway reconstruction
  • Airway surgery – open and endoscopic

Other noteworthy novel surgical treatments our division has developed include:

Endoscopic lymph node biopsy: Our team of pediatric otolaryngologists at Wayne State University Physician Group has recently developed an endoscopic cosmetic procedure to biopsy persistent lymph nodes. This procedure is minimally invasive and leaves the patient without a visible scar.

UFPM Umbilical Fat Patch Myringoplasty: Small tympanic membrane perforations are relatively common in children. Numerous different techniques have been developed to close these. Our team has recently developed a technique that utilizes umbilical fat to close small tympanic membrane perforations. The technique has a success rate of 98 percent.

Meet Our Pediatric ENT Specialist

Mahdi A. Shkoukani, M.D.


The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology is highly committed to research on pediatric ENT diseases and conducts extensive research on ear infections and hearing loss in newborns and children. Other areas of focus include airway reconstruction using novel bioscaffold materials, chronic rhinosinusitis, and bacterial biofilms.

Dr. Coticchia has been an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally, has $1.7 million in extramural support for research, and has authored numerous book chapters and peer reviewed publications. In addition, he serves as Editor-in-Chief for the journal, ‘Frontiers in Pediatric Otolaryngology’.

The division actively collaborates with departments within and outside Wayne State University to launch multidisciplinary clinical and basic science research efforts. Some of the ongoing noteworthy projects include:

  • A multidisciplinary project with the Perinatology Research Branch, National Institutes of Health on ear infections in premature infants
  • A NIDCD, NIH funded multidisciplinary project with Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Newborn Hearing Screening in Palestine
  • A multidisciplinary clinic with Children’s Hospital of Michigan to evaluate and treat children with chronic rhinosinusitis

Active Research Funding:

Incidence of otitis media in preterm infants

The Gerber Foundation



Animal model of recurrent acute otitis media

Children’s Research Center of Michigan



Development of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening in Palestine

NIDCD, National Institutes of Health (NIH)