Whether treating patients with complex cancers or those with benign tumors, I am dedicated to providing each patient with the absolute best possible outcome. Attaining this high standard requires that our team operate at the very leading edge of medicine while still providing patients with the same care we would provide members of our very own family.


Jeffrey J. Houlton, MD, is a new addition to the University of Washington's Department of Otolaryngology, joining the department in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the department and is also a member of the Head & Neck Surgery Division.

Dr. Houlton was raised in Houston, Texas and graduated medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch with High Honors. In medical school he was inducted to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He underwent residency training in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati where he developed special interest in the treatment of head and neck cancer patients and their complex reconstructive needs. This led him to pursue advanced training in the field of Head & Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina where he underwent Fellowship training.

Dr. Houlton has been married to his wife Crystal for 5 years and has two young sons, Caleb and Everett.


Undergraduate Education: Texas A&M University, 2000

Medical School: University of Texas Medica Branch, 2004

Internship: University of Cincinnati Department of Otolaryngology, 2009

Residency: University of Cincinnati Department of Otolaryngology, 2013

Fellowship: Head & Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction, Medical University of South Carolina, 2014

Board Certification: Otolaryngology, 2014

Memberships: American Head and Neck Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Awards and honors 

Dr. Houlton currently serves as the youngest member of the national committee (AAO-HNS) for Endocrine Surgery as well as the national committee (AAO-HNS) for Microvascular Reconstruction. He has given numerous podium talks related to head and neck cancer care at both national and international conferences on topics related to head and neck cancer treatment. He has won an American Laryngological Association Research Award in 2011 and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (inducted 2007).

Academic interests 


Dr. Houlton has clinical expertise in the treatment of cancers of the head & neck, as well as advanced microvascular reconstruction. He has special interest in the area of thyroid & parathyroid surgery, as well as salivary gland disease (including sialoendsocopy).


Dr. Houlton is passionate about clinical outcomes research related to microvascular reconstructive surgery, head & neck cancer treatment, and thyroid/parathyroid surgery.


Recent Publications

Patel SA, Parvathaneni A, Parvathaneni U, Houlton JJ, Karni RJ, Liao JJ, Futran ND, Méndez E. Post-operative therapy following transoral robotic surgery for unknown primary cancers of the head and neck., Oral Oncol. 2017 Sep; 72150-156

Cannon RB, Houlton JJ, Mendez E, Futran ND. Methods to reduce postoperative surgical site infections after head and neck oncology surgery., Lancet Oncol. 2017 Jul; 18(7):e405-e413

Harbison RA, Shan XF, Douglas Z, Bevans S, Li Y, Moe KS, Futran N, Houlton JJ. Navigation Guidance During Free Flap Mandibular Reconstruction: A Cadaveric Trial., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2017 Mar; 143(3):226-233

Houlton JJ, Bevans SE, Futran ND. Unfavorable Results After Free Tissue Transfer to Head and Neck: Lessons Learned at the University of Washington., Clin Plast Surg 2016 Oct; 43(4):683-93

Sood AJ, Houlton JJ, Nguyen SA, Gillespie MB. Facial nerve monitoring during parotidectomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2015 Apr; 152(4):631-7