Sarah Maurrasse, MD, is a pediatric ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon with an interest in endoscopic airway surgery, airway reconstruction, and pediatric robotic surgery.
Dr. Maurrasse also treats the entire spectrum of pediatric ENT disorders including obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, sinusitis, ear infections, hearing loss, and congenital neck masses.
She is a member of Yale Medicine’s Pediatric Aerodigestive Program. “Aerodigestive deals with the complex interaction of the respiratory tract, lungs, and digestive tract including problems with breathing, voice, and swallowing,” Dr. Maurrasse explains. “We work with our pulmonary, gastrointestinal, pediatric surgery, and speech and language pathology colleagues to provide multidisciplinary care for complex children.”
“Many kids who are born prematurely require breathing tubes and sometimes tracheostomies. We have the technology to keep premature infants alive, but, as a result, it can sometimes cause scarring and problems with normal development of the airway,” she says. To treat such problems, Dr. Maurrasse reconstructs the airway. “This allows us to remove the trach tube and give the child better quality of life,” she says.
Dr. Maurrasse says she was drawn to surgery because she likes working with her hands—and to ENT in particular because of the breadth of procedures it offers. Otolaryngologists operate on “intricate, delicate, and important anatomical structures” and can have a “huge impact on quality of life by treating conditions that affect patients’ daily lives,” she says. “And I love working with kids. They bring such light and life to the practice of medicine. I enjoy talking to them and explaining complex matters to their parents and helping them through difficult times.”
Additionally, Dr. Maurrasse has an interest in medical education and the use of cutting-edge technology in pediatric otolaryngology.