Throughout my medical and surgical training I was struck by the importance of normal fluid and cell transport. Over the past twenty years I have gravitated to the study and treatment of vascular anomalies and I am motivated to discover how to control vessel growth in these anomalies, so that we can offer more effective treatment and care to affected patients. It is exciting to live and practice medicine in a time when we have the biologic and genetic tools to make these treatments a reality.


Jonathan A. Perkins, DO, practices pediatric otolaryngology at Seattle Childrens Hospital and he is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Perkins earned his DO at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, did his residency training in otolaryngology at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Wash., and a pediatrics fellowship at Seattle Childrens and the University of Washington.

While practicing all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology, his primary research interests are communication disorders and vascular anomalies of the head and neck. He serves as head of the Vascular Anomaly multidisciplinary service which is now the largest such service in the Western United States. He also participates in the Craniofacial Center with a focus on palate repair. He practices at both the Bellevue and Sand Point campuses.


Undergraduate Education: Biola College, La Mirada, CA; University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Medical School: University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA

Internship: Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA

Residency: Surgery - General, Madigan Army Medical Center - Credentialing Office, Tacoma, WA

Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

Board Certification: Otolaryngology

Memberships: American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Awards and honors 

2013: Charles Ferguson Award 
2012: Washington Top Doctors
2009: Trachy Faculty Research Award, UW Otolaryngology-HNS
2009: Elsevier Publishing/Am Acad of Oto/HNS Foundation Travel Award
2007-present: Best Doctors of America 
Certificate of Honor, American Academy Oto/HNS

Academic interests 


Head and neck surgery, cleft palate treatment, velopharyngeal insufficiency, vascular birthmark treatment (lymphatic malformation, hemangioma, arteriovenous malformation), vascular/lymphatic endothelium research



Translational Research and Vascular Anomalies


Recent Publications

Bly RA, Holdefer RN, Slimp J, Kinney GA, Martinez V, Manning SC, Perkins JA. Preoperative Facial Nerve Mapping to Plan and Guide Pediatric Facial Vascular Anomaly Resection., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018 Mar

Otjen JP, Mitchell RM, Menashe SJ, Perkins JA, Swanson JO. Novel Ingested Foreign Bodies-A Fidget Spinner Case Report., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018 Feb

New Frontiers in Our Understanding of Lymphatic Malformations of the Head and Neck: Natural History and Basic Research., Otolaryngol. Clin. North Am. 2018 Feb; 51(1):147-158

Heit A, Schmitz F, Gerdts S, Flach B, Moore MS, Perkins JA, Robins HS, Aderem A, Spearman P, Tomaras GD, De Rosa SC, McElrath MJ. Vaccination establishes clonal relatives of germinal center T cells in the blood of humans., J. Exp. Med. 2017 Jul; 214(7):2139-2152

Strub GM, Kirsh AL, Whipple ME, Kuo WP, Keller RB, Kapur RP, Majesky MW, Perkins JA. Endothelial and circulating C19MC microRNAs are biomarkers of infantile hemangioma., JCI Insight 2016 Sep; 1(14):e88856


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