Pediatric Otolaryngology

Specialized ear, nose and throat care for children

Milk & Cookie Disease™


Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist Julie L. Wei, MD, coined the phrase the “Milk & Cookie Disease”™ after years of treating children referred to her with ear, nose and throat complaints that mimicked actual infections and illness. Often these patients were on several medications but not showing improvement. Learn more.

The pediatric otolaryngologists at The University of Kansas Hospital provide comprehensive care for children with diseases of the head and neck. Our highly trained physicians and staff work together to diagnose both minor and complex conditions and provide the most progressive medical treatments available.

As part of a multidisciplinary team, our otolaryngologists work closely with other specialists in the hospital to develop very individualized treatment plans.

Conditions and Treatments

Learn more about the conditions we treat.

A Child-Friendly Environment

Going to the doctor can be a frightening experience for children and their parents. In our clinics and hospital pediatric units, we create a safe, nurturing and comfortable environment. We use equipment designed specifically for pediatric patients.

In the hospital, sleeping chairs are available in each room so parents can stay with their children. A family room features a TV, sofas, a shower, a kitchenette and other amenities for extended visits.

While children are in the hospital, a child life specialist helps make their stay more comfortable by providing school and play activities.


Our physicians offer outpatient services at The University of Kansas Hospital and KU MedWest. We also provide care and expert consultation for hospitalized children in our pediatrics and neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.

Physician Spotlight

Kimberlee Reetz, MD

Clinical Focus
General Anesthesiology

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