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Fellowship - Trained Pediatric ENT Specializes in Airway Disorders

A fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist who contributed chapters to leading pediatric otolaryngology textbooks has joined the CHOC medical staff. Roberto L. Barretto, M.D., completed his pediatric otolaryngology fellowship last June at Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University in Chicago. Previously, he completed a NIH-postdoctoral research fellowship in otolaryngology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

While specializing in all pediatric head and neck disorders, Dr. Barretto is particularly interested in upper airways disorders, including congenital conditions, growths or abnormalities, voice disorders, narrowed trachea and aspirated foreign objects. Most recently, a chapter he coauthored about foreign bodies of the airway and esophagus appeared in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, fourth edition. A chapter pertaining to injuries of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus was published last year in the fourth edition of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Dr. Barretto also specializes in treating sleep apnea and snoring, common childhood conditions increasingly being linked to behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit disorder and bedwetting.

"Snoring and sleep apnea are the most common reasons today for performing tonsillectomies on children. The potential health problems that may result from these disorders include failure to thrive and poor school performance," Dr. Barretto says. "Families often see heavy snoring as more of a social problem and do not mention it to their pediatricians. Fortunately, pediatricians are asking about sleep habits. Even the schools sometimes catch it and refer the kids for an evaluation."

During his fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital, Dr. Barretto also received surgical training in cochlear implants. He has presented papers at national meetings about the molecular biology of hearing and deafness, and plans to continue his clinical research protocols in conjunction with CHOC and UCI.

Dr. Barretto is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He belongs to several local and national medical societies, including Association for Research in Otolaryngology and Society for ENT Advances in Children (SENTAC). Dr. Barretto is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, where he also completed his internship and residency training.

Roberto L. Barretto, M.D., is in practice at ENTRUST Medical Group at 302 W. La Veta, #201, in Orange. For more information or to contact him, please call 714-538-2966.

 

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