Dr. Kevin Pereira joined the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2007 and is Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology. He is a Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics. Prior to coming to UMMC, Dr. Pereira was the Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Childrens Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and director of the Texas Pediatric Sleep Team at the University of Texas Physicians group. He was also Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Pereira was a six time recipient of the Dean's award for teaching excellence at the University. He received an honor award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2006.
Dr. Pereira received his medical degree at St. John's Medical College in Bangalore, India. He completed Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery residencies in India and at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was certified in the specialty. He also completed a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Pereira is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), the Inter American Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and the Society of University Otolaryngologists.
Research InterestsHe is a well known expert in the pediatric airway and specializes in managing sleep apnea and nasal obstruction in toddlers and infants. Dr. Pereira's research on the effect of body position on sleep apnea in infants and children has received national and international attention. His other areas of interest and expertise are drug resistant otitis media, pediatric sinusitis and neck masses in newborns and children. He has published several articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and written chapters for textbooks on these subjects.
Clinical SpecialityPediatric Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery
Pereira KD, Roebuck JC, Howell LK. Effect of Body Position on Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children under Three years of age. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2005, 131: 1014-1016.
Mitchell RB, Pereira KD, Friedman NR. Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children: A Survey of Practice Patterns. Laryngoscope 2006, 116: 956-958
Pereira KD, Davies JN. Piriform Sinus Tracts in Children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2006, 132 : 1119-1121.
Pereira KD, Weinstock YE. Bronchoscopy Assisted Neonatal Tracheostomy (BANT). A New Technique. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol.2007, 71: 211-215.
Smith SL, Pereira KD. Irradiated homograft Cartilage in Laryngotracheal Reconstruction. A Preliminary Experience. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2007, 71: 1753-1756.
Pereira KD, Smith SL, Henry M. Failed Extubation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2007, 71: 1763-1766.
Pereira KD, Smith SL. Suppurative Thyroiditis in Children. A Management Algorithm. Pediatr Emerg Care 2008, 24: 764-767.
Pereira KD, Rathi NK, Fatakia A, Haque SA, Castriotta RJ. Effect of body position on sleep apnea in eight to twelve month old infants. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2008, 72: 897-900.
Smith SL, Pereira KD. Management of Severe Upper Airway Obstruction in the Newborn. A new technique. Ear Nose Throat J 2008, 87: 563-565.
Zafereo ME, Taylor RJ, Pereira KD. Supraglottoplasty for Laryngomalacia with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Laryngoscope 2008, 118: 1873-1877.