Shelagh A. Cofer, M.D.

  1. Otolaryngologist

Shelagh Cofer M.D. is a pediatric otolaryngologist with specialty interest in complex pediatric otolaryngology conditions and/or medically complex patients with common ORL problems. Her clinical focus includes:

  • Evaluation and management of fetal head and neck disorders
  • Care of children with congenital or acquired masses or tumors of the face, head and neck
  • Expertise in surgical management of children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate
  • Expertise in treatment of congenital or acquired velopharyngeal insufficiency in children and adults
  • Care and diagnosis of children with aerodigestive disorders, or problems breathing, feeding, and swallowing
  • Laryngotracheal reconstruction for a variety of conditions such as subglottic stenosis or vocal fold paralysis
  • Reconstruction of children's airways to achieve tracheal tube removal
  • Promoting each patient's understanding of disease and empowering patients and caregivers to become partners in managing their health

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Cofer is active in research and education, providing mentorship to residents and fellows. She authors expert content and publishes in high-impact scientific journals.

Dr. Cofer directs Mayo's Pediatric Otolaryngology Division, the Aerodigestive Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic

  1. Cleft lip
  2. Cleft palate
  3. Head and neck cancer
  4. Subglottic stenosis
  5. Tracheal stenosis
  6. Tumors and masses
  7. Vascular malformation
  8. Velopharyngeal insufficiency
  1. Cleft lip repair
  2. Cleft palate repair
  3. Laryngotracheal reconstruction
  • Pediatric cleft lip and palate repair
  • Velopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Fetal head and neck disorders
  • Pediatric head and neck masses and tumors
  • Juvenile nasal angiofibromas
  • Pediatric vascular and lymphatic malformations
  • Subglottic and tracheal stenosis
  • Pediatric laryngotracheal reconstruction
  1. 2003
    Fellow - Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryMinneapolis Children's Hospital, University of Minnesota
  2. 2002
    Resident - Otolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryUniversity of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago
  3. 1998
    InternshipDepartment of Surgery, University of Illinois Hospital
  4. 1997
    MDUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  5. 1988
    BA - Biological Sciences with HonorsUniversity of Chicago

Certifications

  1. 2003
    OtolaryngologyAmerican Board of Otolaryngology

Awards and honors

  1. 2006
    Communication Services AwardVanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
  2. 2001
    First Place, Lederer-Pierce Resident Research Competition, Chicago; "Fibrin Sealant Application for the Treatment of Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks"Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society
  3. 1998
    Warren H Cole Outstanding Surgery Student AwardUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  4. 1997
    Edmund James ScholarUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  5. 1997
    Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor SocietyAlpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  6. 1996
    Dean's Commendation for USMLE-I Score (96th Percentile)University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  7. 1995
    P.E.O. Scholar AwardP.E.O. International
  8. 1994
    Dr. CM Craig Summer Research FellowUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  9. 1988
    Richter Scholarship for Undergraduate ResearchUniversity of Chicago
  10. 1983
    LaVerne Noyes Full Tuition ScholarshipUniversity of Chicago

Professional memberships

  1. 2015 - present
    Fellow MemberTriological Society
  2. 2015 - present
    Active MemberPediatric Surgical Interest Group, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
  3. 2012 - 2014
    PresidentMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  4. 2010 - 2012
    President-ElectMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  5. 2010 - present
    Committee MemberAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  6. 2010 - present
    MemberSurgical Quality Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Surgical Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  7. 2009 - present
    MemberResearch Committe, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  8. 2009 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  9. 2008 - present
    Board MemberMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  10. 2008 - present
    Patient Education LiasonDepartment of Otorhinolaryngology
  11. 2006 - present
    MemberAmerican Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  12. 2004 - present
    FellowAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  13. 1997 - present
    MemberAlpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  14.  
    MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics
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Publications

Research activities

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