Ron Mitchell, MD

Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Ron Mitchell, MD is Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children's Medical Center Dallas. He is also the holder of the William Beckner Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology.

He completed his Otolaryngology residency in London, England and a Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship in LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, TN. His clinical and research interests are on the management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children. Dr Mitchell has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences on pediatric sleep disorders. He has received several grants and has published over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He has chaired several national committees and has been involved in guideline development on a variety of Pediatric Otolaryngology topics including being the Chair of the recent update to the guideline “Tonsillectomy in Children” published by the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 2019 . He is a PI for the Pediatric Adenotonsillectomy Trial (PATS) and completed the Randomized Controlled Study of Adenotonsillectomy for Childhood Sleep Apnea (CHAT) both sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).


Pediatric Sleep and Health: The ENT Perspective

This lecture will be divided into 3 parts. The first part will discuss the association between sleep and general health in children. It will include a description of normal sleep and challenges that occur when this is not achieved. The effects of poor sleep on behavior, quality of life, school performance and healthcare costs and utilization will be discussed. The second part will summarize the main sleep disorders that are seen in children and their presentations and challenges. The third part will discuss obstructive sleep disordered breathing and the ENT management of these including medical and surgical therapies and outcomes.


1. To understand the importance of sleep to the general well-being of a child and their caregivers

2. To understand sleep disorders in children beyond obstructive sleep apnea

3. To be familiar with the role of ENT in management of pediatric sleep.

Friday, November 13, 2020