Our Program

The USC Airway Intervention & Reconstruction Center (USC Air Center) brings together leading experts in otolaryngology, thoracic surgery and interventional pulmonology to treat patients with problems caused by narrowing of the airway passages, known as airway stenosis. This can develop as the result of trauma or injury from intubation, prolonged mechanical ventilation or tracheostomy tube placement, or systemic inflammatory or autoimmune conditions. Sometimes airway stenosis can be congenital or of unknown cause.

Our multidisciplinary program offers comprehensive assessments and treatments for:

  • Bronchial stenosis
  • Laryngeal stenosis
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheal tumors
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Tracheomalacia
Assessments and treatments include:

  • Airway reconstruction
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cricotracheal resection
  • Endoscopic cryoablation
  • Endoscopic dilation
  • Endoscopic laser treatment
  • Endoscopic stent placement
  • Laryngotracheal reconstruction
  • Slide tracheoplasty
  • Steroid injection
  • Tracheal resection

Our Approach

Specialists from three different medical specialties work as a team to provide patients with wide-ranging treatment options, from simple in-office procedures to complex reconstructive surgeries. Our clinician-scientists draw on their expertise and the latest research-based medical advances to manage patients with some of the most challenging conditions.

Whether your airway stenosis is mild or severe, our dedicated team of airway experts will create a custom treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms.

Our Team

Leaders
Scott Atay, MD
Raymar Mahdavi, MD
Karla O’Dell, MD

Interventional Pulmonologists
Raymar Mahdavi, MD

Otolaryngologists
Michael Johns III, MD
Karla O’Dell, MD
Anthony W. Kim, MD

Thoracic Surgeons
Scott Atay, MD
Elizabeth David, MD
Paul M. McFadden, MD