Through clinical care, research, and education of future otolaryngologists, I treasure the opportunity to improve the lives of my patients and their families. My ultimate, and most challenging, goal in caring for children with otologic conditions is to help maximize each patient's communication potential. I am extremely fortunate to work with extraordinarily talented, and diverse clinicians and trainees who share this goal.


David L. Horn MD joined the University of Washington faculty in 2010. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery as well as adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Dr. Horn earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin and then completed an Otolaryngology residency at Indiana University. During residency, he completed 2 years of dedicated research with Drs. David Pisoni and Richard Miyamoto on cognitive and behavioral development in pediatric cochlear implant patients. His Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship training was subsequently completed at the University of Pittsburgh.

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Horn is thrilled to be back on the west coast. His lovely wife and two tempestuous daughters keep him busy enough when away from the hospital and the lab. When he has a free moment, he spends his time cycling, cooking, watching old movies, and playing guitar.


Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara 1992-1996

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin 2002-2009

Residency: Indiana University 2002-2009

Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh 2009-2010

Other Training: MS in Physiology from Georgetown University 1996-1997 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (T-32 Pisoni) 2003-2005

Board Certification: Otolaryngology, 2010


Awards and honors 

2014: Seymour R. Cohen Award for Pediatric Laryngology and Broncho-esophagology, ABEA
2007: Resident travel award, Triological Society Middle Section
2006: 1st place, resident clinical research award, Triological Society Middle Section
2005: Resident travel award, Association for Research in Otolaryngology Midwinter Meeting
2001: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society, elected as medical student

Academic interests 


Dr. Horn's clinical interests include pediatric cochlear implantation, congenital and acquired hearing loss, chronic middle ear disease and cholesteatoma, pediatric dysphagia and posterior supraglottic/glottic incompetence, and sleep endoscopy.


Dr. Horn's major research interest is in auditory development of infants who receive cochlear implants. His NIH-funded work investigates how basic auditory abilities emerge in implanted infants and whether these skills predict later speech perception and spoken-language development.

Recent Publications

Harrington R, Kindermann SL, Hou Q, Taylor RJ, Azie N, Horn DL. Candidemia and invasive candidiasis among hospitalized neonates and pediatric patients., Curr Med Res Opin 2017 Oct; 33(10):1803-1812

Horn DL, Dudley DJ, Dedhia K, Nie K, Drennan WR, Won JH, Rubinstein JT, Werner LA. Erratum: Effects of age and hearing mechanism on spectral resolution in normal hearing and cochlear-implanted listeners [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 141(1), 613-623 (2017)]., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2017 May; 141(5):2977

Purcell PL, Shinn JR, Coggeshall SS, Phillips G, Paladin A, Sie KCY, Horn DL. Progression of Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children With and Without Ipsilateral Cochlear Nerve Canal Stenosis: A Hazard Analysis., Otol. Neurotol. 2017 Jul; 38(6):e138-e144

Horn DL, Dudley DJ, Dedhia K, Nie K, Drennan WR, Won JH, Rubinstein JT, Werner LA. Effects of age and hearing mechanism on spectral resolution in normal hearing and cochlear-implanted listeners., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2017 Jan; 141(1):613

Miller C, Purcell PL, Dahl JP, Johnson K, Horn DL, Chen ML, Chan DK, Parikh SR. Clinically small tonsils are typically not obstructive in children during drug-induced sleep endoscopy., Laryngoscope 2017 Aug; 127(8):1943-1949