Pediatric ENT leaves children’s hospital to open office in Carmel


Carmel residents have a new option for pediatric otolaryngology care.

Dr. D.J. Trigg opened Kids ENT of Indiana, 11590 North Meridian St. Suite 300, this summer. He previously worked at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent Indianapolis but wanted more control over his business.

Dr. D.J. Trigg, center, with his sons Emmitt, left, and W.J. (Submitted photo)

“I thought, ‘I can do this. I could be my own boss and run a tight ship,’” Trigg said.

Trigg is the only doctor at the practice and has a staff of two.

“I was only one of five pediatric ENTs in central Indiana, and I think only six in the entire state,” Trigg said. “So, there’s actually more professional offensive linemen in the state of Indiana than our fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologists.”

Trigg, a Carmel resident, handles a wide variety of ear, nose and throat issues in children.

“I see a lot of different things. Treatments range from ear infections, sinusitis, nasal congestion, tongue tie and sleep apnea to really complex things like vascular malformations, neck masses and craniofacial abnormalities,” Trigg said.

Trigg said doctors shouldn’t apply the same techniques to children as adults.

“I want to take care of as many kids with pediatric ENT issues that I possibly can,” Trigg said. “I want to give very specialized care that is just dedicated to children. There is definitely a difference between general otolaryngologists and pediatric otolaryngologists. A lot of people apply adult criteria to kids, and that is not the right thing to do. We have a passion for taking care of children.”

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