Message from the Chair

Our mission to provide excellence and leadership in all aspects of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery by teaching, undertaking research, and providing exemplary clinical practice permeates all of our activities each and every day. The clinical efforts of our faculty, residents, and fellows to serve patients from the entire northwest and beyond continue to grow and expand in every subspecialty area. 

We are experiencing natural and exciting transitions in department leadership, with Kathy Sie, MD, assuming the role of chief of pediatric otolaryngology, building upon the work of Scott Manning and growing the team at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Kris Moe, MD, is our new chief of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Harborview Medical Center, taking over from Mark Whipple, MD.   Al Merati, MD, will become chief of our University of Washington Medical Center service in July 2017 after the long and successful tenure of Larry Duckert, MD.  With this great new enthusiasm and energy, we are recruiting faculty in several subspecialty areas to serve our patients and bring new ideas and innovation to the department.

Equally important to our mission is to train the next generation of otolaryngology leaders through our robust educational and research programs. Our residency program received full ACGME accreditation, and our expansion to four residents per year has enhanced the residency experience and breadth of training.  As Tanya Meyer, MD, has settled nicely into her program director role, we are in a wonderful position to flourish.  Unique to our resident education are our annual rhinology and facial plastics and reconstructive surgery course, as well as the addition of an airway management course led by Dr. Kaalan Johnson.  Our residents also have the opportunity for global outreach humanitarian missions to the Honduras and Cambodia. 

Our NIH-sponsored T-32 research training program is thriving under the leadership of Ed Weaver, MD, and Jennifer Stone, PhD. This is evident by both the quality and quantity of research and the great competitiveness of our trainees for academy CORE grants each year. Further, as our clinical and basic science research endeavors continue to branch and evolve in all subspecialty areas, Dr. Stone has taken on the role of research director and is overseeing and fostering collaborations to continue this great strength of our department. 

UW Otolaryngology is very well positioned to flourish with the changes occurring in health care and continues to be at the forefront of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery locally, nationally, and internationally. We were recently voted No. 10 in otolaryngology in the Center for World University Rankings. My excitement and enthusiasm is stronger than ever as our dedication, innovation, hard work, and support for each other is always present.

Sincerely,

Neal

Futran, Shanghai clinic opening, 2016