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Katherine Kavanagh, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist

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Practice Name Connecticut Children's Specialty Group


BA, University of Notre Dame, BA, 2000
MD, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, 2004

General Surgery, University of Connecticut Health Center, 2004-2005
Otolaryngology, University of Connecticut Health Center, 2005-2009

Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children’s Hospital Boston, 2009

Faculty Appointment

Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

  • General pediatric otolaryngology
  • Voice disorders
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Airway disorders

Selected Publications

  • Valdez TA, Kudaravalli S, Kavanagh KR. Combined web and haptic simulation system: A pilot study. Int J Pediatr Otolaryngol. 2020.

  • Munjal T, Kavanagh KR, Ezzibdeh RM, Valdez TA.  The impact of COVID-19 on global disparities in surgical training in pediatric otolaryngology. Int J Pediatr Otolaryngol. 138 (2020) 110267. 

  • Kashat L, Carter B, Mosha M, Kavanagh KR.  Mindfulness education for otolaryngology residents: A pilot study.  OTO-Open. 2020. 

  • Kashat L, Carter B, Archambault M, Wang Z, Kavanagh K. A multidisciplinary basic airway skills boot camp for novice trainees. Cureus. 2020. DOI: 10.7759/cureus.8766.

  • Mehta K, Mosha MM, Kavanagh KR. A targeted tracheostomy care educational initiative to augment resuscitation training in the pediatric setting. Int J Pediatr Otolaryngol. 2020;133. 

  • Kashat L, Carter B, Falcone T, Parham K, Kavanagh KR. Taking a systematic approach to resident wellness: A pilot study. Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery. 2020

  • Sparks D, Kavanagh KR, Arbouin Vargas J, Valdez TA. 3D printed myringtomy and tube simulation as an introduction to otolaryngology for medical students. Int J Pediatr Otolaryngol. 2020;128

  • Kavanagh KR, Murray N. A novel, low fidelity simulator for laryngotracheal reconstruction. Int J Pediatr Otolaryngol. 2019;125:212-215. 

  • Hron TA, Kavanagh KR, Murray N. Diagnosis and treatment of benign pediatric lesions. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2019;52(4):657-688.

  • Mehta K, Schwartz M, Falcone TE, Kavanagh KR. Tracheostomy care education for the nonsurgical first responder: A needs-based assessment and quality improvement initiative. OTO-Open. 2019; I-6.

  • Murray N, Valdez TA, Hughes AL, Kavanagh KR.  Teaching a tracheotomy handoff tool to pediatric first responders.  Int J Pediatr Otolaryngol. 2018;114:120-123. 

  • Valdez TA, Carr JA, Kavanagh KR, Schwartz M, Blake D, Bruns O, Bawendi M. Initial findings of shortwave infrared otoscopy in a pediatric population. Int J Pediatr Otolarygol. 2018;114:15-19.

  • Cote V, Schwartz M, Arbouin Vargas JF, Canfarotta M, Kavanagh KR, Hamdan U, Valdez TA. 3-Dimensional printed haptic simulation model to teach incomplete cleft palate surgery in an international setting. Int J Pediatr Otolaryngol. 2018;113:292-297.

  • Kavanagh KR & Spiro J. Faculty wellness: Educator burnout among otolaryngology graduate medical educators. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;158(6):991-94.

  • Schwartz MA, Kavanagh KR, Frampton SJ, Bruce IA, Valdez TA. Using simulators to teach pediatric airway procedures in an international setting. Int J Pediatr Otolaryngology. 2018;104:178-181. 

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