"My goal is to listen to each patient tell their story and to try to understand their important concerns for the clinic visit. My hope is that at the end of the visit my patients will have a clear understanding of their issues and feel comfortable that all their questions have been answered."


Allen Hillel joined the University of Washington Department of Otolarygology - Head and Neck Surgery in 1983 and has had a focus on laryngology and swallowing issues for the past 25 years. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He attended Stanford University for his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He then attended Stanford University Medical School. He did his surgical internship at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston and returned to Stanford for his residency in otolaryngology/HNS. He then completed a fellowship in facial plastic/reconstructive surgery and a fellowship in head and neck surgery, both at Stanford Medical Center.


Undergraduate Education: Stanford University

Medical School: Stanford University Medical Center

Internship: Tufts New England Medical Center

Residency: Stanford University Medical Center

Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center

Board Certification: Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery

Memberships: American Laryngological Association, The Triological Society, American Board of Otolaryngology/HNS

Awards and honors 

American Triological Society Fowler Award
American American Triological Society Edmund Prince Fowler Award
American Laryngological Association Presidential Citation
Castle Connolly Top Doctors for 5 Years 2014

Academic interests 


All aspects of voice and airway reconstruction including surgery for hoarseness, difficulty with breathing, weak voice, and all neurological conditions of the head and neck with a focus on laryngeal dystonia, as well as all dystonia of the head and neck.



Dr. Hillel's research focus is on the electromyography of the larynx, focussing on vocal cord paralysis, laryngeal dystonia, and the neurophysiology of the larynx.


Recent Publications

Classifying and Diagnosing Laryngeal Dystonia-Are We Artists or Are We Scientists?, JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018 08; 144(8):666-667

Davis GE, Baik FM, Liddell RM, Ayars AG, Branch KR, Pottinger PS, Hillel AD, Helmick K, Collins D. Gorilla endoscopic sinus surgery: a life-saving collaboration between human and veterinary medicine., Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 2018 07; 8(7):857-862

Kraft S, Childes J, Hillel A, Schindler J. Refractory Dysphonia Due to Isolated Cricothyroid Muscle Dystonia., J Voice 2016 Jul; 30(4):501-5

Allen CT, Lee CJ, Meyer TK, Hillel AD, Merati AL. Risk stratification in endoscopic airway surgery: is inpatient observation necessary?, Am J Otolaryngol ; 35(6):747-52

Meyer TK, Hu A, Hillel AD. Voice disorders in the workplace: productivity in spasmodic dysphonia and the impact of botulinum toxin., Laryngoscope 2013 Nov; 123 Suppl 6S1-14