Operation Airway

Until Every Child Can Breathe


OALogoWith Operation Airway, we aim to make life-changing airway reconstructive surgery and post-operative care available to all children who cannot breathe or speak on their own.

We are a group of physicians from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital who carry out surgical procedures in the United States and abroad through surgical mission trips to restore and rebuild children’s airways. We perform surgery on children who have tracheotomies due to vocal chord paralysis, subglottic stenosis, tracheal stenosis, as well as a host of congenital and acquired problems, aiming to free them of tracheotomy tubes and enable them to breathe, speak, and swallow on their own.

While on surgical mission trips, we aim to educate physicians on surgical and medical care of these complex patients. This ensures that when our surgical mission is complete, we leave knowing the local physicians are able to provide the same care independently.

Our team consists of pediatric otolaryngologists, anesthesiologists, pediatric intensive care unit doctors, and pediatric nurses.

For the latest news and stories from past trips, check out our blog.

Our work is made possible through the Operation Airway Fund. Learn more »

Donations to the Operation Airway Fund are tax deductible. When submitting a donation online, please indicate in the comments field that funds should be directed to the Operation Airway Fund.