My feeling is that "the secret to caring for the patient is caring about the patient..." Or my favorite from a professor in medical school: "If you listen to the patient, they will tell you what the problem is."

Biography 

My professional pathway has taken me from my native Pacific Northwest through California, Tennessee, Kansas/Missouri and finally Wisconsin before returning home to Seattle in 2007 to take my dream job running the laryngology program at the University of Washington. I may be the only surgeon in the department who actually had his tonsils removed at UWMC as a child!

I am first and last a clinician and have earned a reputation of clinical accessibility for our patients and colleagues in the region.

My three favorite people in the whole world are my wife Jenny, my little dude Solomon (born 2009) and our new arrival Rose (born 2013). I owe my professional career success to the foundations laid down in medical school with Charlie Cummings and Ernie Weymuller (who serves to this day as my advisor here at UW), Jeff Harris at UCSD, my dear mentor Robert Ossoff and my beloved guardian angel and advocate Bob Toohill from Milwaukee. How lucky I have been!

Overview 

Undergraduate Education: University of Washington, Seattle WA 1987 BA in English, with distinction

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle WA 1991 MD, with honors

Internship: University of California - San Diego 1991-1992 General Surgery

Residency: University of California - San Diego 1992-97 Otolaryngology -Head & Neck Surgery

Fellowship: Laryngology & Care of the Professional Voice, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1997-1998

Other Training: NIH Research Training, Neuromuscular Lab, Department of Orthopedics, UCSD, 1993-4

Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, 1998

Memberships: American Laryngological Association, American Broncho-Esophagological Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Awards and honors 

2016: Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Second career award; the first was awarded in 2008.

2014-2018: Secretary/Treasurer, Western Section Triological Society/Council of the Triological Society

2014-present: Editor/Council American Bronchoesophagological Association 

2012-present: Senior Examiner, American Board of Otolaryngology 

2012-present: Associate Editor - JAMA OTO-HNS 

2011-2013: Board of Directors, AAO-HNS

2012-13: Chair, Surgical Speciality Advisory Council AAO-HNS 

2008-2011: Founding Chair, Airway and Swallowing Committee, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 

2008: Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery 

2007-present: Honorary Member, Panamanian Otolaryngology Society 

2006-2008: Chair, Neurolaryngology Subcommittee, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 

2006: Outstanding Service Award, Wisconsin State Speech and Hearing Association

2005-present: Best Doctors in America ® (peer election) 

2005: Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 

2001: "Top Doc" Award, Kansas University Medical Center 

2000: "Top Doc" Honorable Mention, Kansas University Medical Center 

1997: Department of Surgery Teaching Award, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine 

1997: Department of Medicine "Golden Flea" Award (most outstanding surgical consultant), University of California at San Diego 

1996: Housestaff Teaching Award, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine 

1995: Housestaff Teaching Award (Honorable Mention), University of California at San Diego School of Medicine 

1991: James Haviland Award, University of Washington School of Medicine 

1990: Alpha Omega Alpha 

Academic interests 

CLINICAL INTERESTS

All medical and surgical aspects of office-based and operative laryngology, including complex airway, voice, and swallowing. This includes vocal fold paralysis, surgery for dysphagia/aspiration (including Zenker's), and endoscopic and open surgery for airway stenosis and laryngeal cancer.

 

RESEARCH FOCUS

Most of my research has related to the better understanding the dominant clinical issues facing our patients, including diagnostic testing and treatment of vocal fold paralysis, surgical management of airway stenosis, the impact of reflux on laryngeal disorders, as well as tracheotomy complications.

 

Recent Publications

Shoffel-Havakuk H, Merati AL, Johns MM. Is laryngeal framework surgery safe in the radiated larynx?, Laryngoscope 2017 Apr; 127(4):778-780

Hall SR, Allen CT, Merati AL, Mayerhoff RM. Evaluating the utility of serological testing in laryngotracheal stenosis., Laryngoscope 2017 Jun; 127(6):1408-1412

Tatar EÇ, Kupfer RA, Barry JY, Allen CT, Merati AL. Office-Based vs Traditional Operating Room Management of Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis: Impact of Patient Characteristics and Disease Severity., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2017 Jan; 143(1):55-59

Hojjat H, Svider PF, Folbe AJ, Raza SN, Carron MA, Shkoukani MA, Merati AL, Mayerhoff RM. Cost-effectiveness of routine computed tomography in the evaluation of idiopathic unilateral vocal fold paralysis., Laryngoscope 2017 Feb; 127(2):440-444

Asik MB, Karasimav O, Birkent H, Merati AL, Gerek M, Yildiz Y. Impact of unilateral carbon dioxide laser posterior transverse cordotomy on vocal and aerodynamic parameters in bilateral vocal fold paralysis., J Laryngol Otol 2016 Apr; 130(4):373-9

Latest news 

UWTV with Dr. Merati:  "The Human Voice"  http://uwtv.org/watch/bRm_WXe19rs/