Dr Usha Krishnan

6 May 2013

I am a paediatric gastroenterologist working at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia. I am also the Director of Motility Services at my hospital. I have a special interest in motility disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and reflux aspiration.

My interest in looking after children with esophageal atresia is therefore not surprising given the fact that most of EA patients have significant gastroesophageal reflux disease, disordered motility of their esophagus and chronic lung disease, the multifactorial aetiology of which often includes reflux aspiration.

After attending the first international conference on esophageal atresia in Lille in 2010, and listening to the inspirational speakers at the conference, I became enthused and passionate about the concept of a multidisciplinary clinic for children with esophageal atresia at my own hospital in Sydney.

I am honoured to have been invited to be part of the steering committee of the recently established “International Network on Esophageal Atresia” (INoEA), by Dr Frederic Gottrand. I am hopeful that this network would facilitate greater collaboration amongst specialists and experts with an interest in esophageal atresia from around the world. INoEA can help initiate international consensus and thereby lead to the development of management protocols based on best available evidence and also facilitate creation of databases based on large cohorts of EA patients from around the world. This will lead to greater understanding the disease and promote research.

I feel the challenge for the future is to further reduce morbidity to enable esophageal atresia survivors and families to lead normal productive lives in society.