Kristan Alfonso, MD

Program Editor, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Assistant Professor,
Emory University School of Medicine,
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,
Atlanta, Georgia

Kristan Alfonso, MD

Kristan Alfonso, MD, joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University as
Assistant Professor in Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in summer
2019. She came to Georgia from Houston, where she completed her fellowship
training as a pediatric otolaryngologist at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Prior to her fellowship, Dr. Alfonso earned a medical degree from the State
University of New York Upstate Medical University, followed by residency training in
otolaryngology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Dr. Alfonso has experience and interests in the field of pediatric otolaryngology,
including but not limited to sensorineural and conductive hearing loss, cochlear
implantation, chronic ear disease, microtia and ear reconstruction, abnormalities of
the external ear, nasal and sinus disease, salivary gland disease, airway disorders, as
well as congenital and acquired head and neck masses.

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Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection and Hearing Outcomes in Twins: A Systematic Review of Reported Cases
Otol Neurotol. 2023 Feb 1;44(2):e53-e62. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000003776. Epub 2022 Dec 21.
Opioid Prescribing Trends After Major Pediatric Ear Surgery: A 12-Year Analysis
Laryngoscope. 2023 Aug;133(8):1987-1992. doi: 10.1002/lary.30379. Epub 2022 Sep 2.
Sustaining standardized opioid prescribing practices after pediatric tonsillectomy
Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2022 Aug;159:111209. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2022.111209. Epub 2022 Jun 12.
Prevalence and surgical management of cholesteatoma in Down Syndrome children
Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2022 Jun;157:111126. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2022.111126. Epub 2022 Mar 28.
The Role of Dysphagia Assessment in the Identification of Upper Airway Obstruction in Infants
Dysphagia. 2023 Feb;38(1):491-494. doi: 10.1007/s00455-022-10433-5. Epub 2022 Mar 8.
Effects of Age on Delayed Facial Palsy After Otologic Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2022 Oct;131(10):1092-1101. doi: 10.1177/00034894211053966. Epub 2021 Oct 27.
Tracheostomy decannulation to noninvasive positive pressure ventilation in congenital central hypoventilation syndrome
Sleep Breath. 2022 Mar;26(1):133-139. doi: 10.1007/s11325-021-02368-2. Epub 2021 Apr 14.
Bullying and Children who are Deaf or Hard-of-hearing: A Scoping Review
Laryngoscope. 2021 Aug;131(8):1884-1892. doi: 10.1002/lary.29388. Epub 2021 Jan 13.
Social Isolation and Loneliness in the Hearing-Impaired Pediatric Population: A Scoping Review
Laryngoscope. 2021 Aug;131(8):1869-1875. doi: 10.1002/lary.29312. Epub 2020 Dec 31.
Rapid telemedicine implementation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in an academic pediatric otolaryngology practice
Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Dec;139:110447. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.110447. Epub 2020 Oct 15.
Analysis of Absorbable Hemostatic Packing Compared to Physiologic Hemostasis in Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery With or Without Septoplasty
Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2019 Sep;33(5):531-539. doi: 10.1177/1945892419848893. Epub 2019 May 22.
Upper aerodigestive tract frostbite from inhalation of automotive nitrous oxide
Ear Nose Throat J. 2018 Sep;97(9):E13-E14. doi: 10.1177/014556131809700903.
Assessment and Treatment of Behavioral Disorders in Children with Hearing Loss: A Systematic Review
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jan;160(1):36-48. doi: 10.1177/0194599818797598. Epub 2018 Sep 11.
Awake vs Sedated Tracheostomies: A Review and Comparison at a Single Institution
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Nov;159(5):830-834. doi: 10.1177/0194599818789079. Epub 2018 Jul 17.
Barriers to Rehabilitation Care in Pediatric Cochlear Implant Recipients
Otol Neurotol. 2018 Jun;39(5):e307-e313. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001777.
Otolaryngology consultation tracheostomies and complex patient population
Am J Otolaryngol. 2017 Sep-Oct;38(5):551-555. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2017.05.009. Epub 2017 Jun 17.
Audible sphenoid-sellar fistula: An unusual complication of transphenoidal surgery
Laryngoscope. 2016 Sep;126(9):E314-6. doi: 10.1002/lary.25851. Epub 2016 Jan 17.
Congenital Cytomegalovirus Testing Outcomes From the ValEAR Trial
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2024 Feb 28. doi: 10.1002/ohn.670. Online ahead of print.
Opioid stewardship and perioperative management of pediatric tympanoplasty
Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2023 Oct;173:111713. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2023.111713. Epub 2023 Aug 30.
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