Aria Jafari, M.D.
Aria Jafari, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington. Dr. Jafari is a fellowship-trained surgeon with expertise in the full spectrum of sinus and nasal disorders, including chronic rhinosinusitis, nasal polyps, sinus tumors and cancers, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, and disorders of taste and smell. Dr. Jafari also collaborates with other surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery to access tumors in the brain and orbit and treat disorders of the tear duct (lacrimal) system.
Dr. Jafari completed his fellowship at Harvard Medical School in rhinology, sinus and endoscopic skull base surgery. After graduating from Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Jafari completed his residency in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at the University of California, San Diego, where he was also a NIH post-doctoral research fellow. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and has participated in humanitarian missions to underserved areas in Mexico, Central America, and Africa.
Undergraduate Education: University of California, San Diego, B.S. with Honors in Neuroscience, 2008
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine, 2013
Residency: University of California, San Diego Medical Center, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 2019
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, 2020
Research Training: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (T-32), Scripps Research Institute/ University of California, San Diego, Neuroscience, 2016
Awards and honors
2004-2008: Provost’s Academic Scholar, UCSD Revelle College
2006: Ernest Mort Award, UCSD International Center
2008: Phi Beta Kappa
2008: Highest Departmental Honors, UCSD Division of Biology
2008: F. Thomas Bond Outstanding Academic and Leadership Award, UCSD Revelle College
2009-2013: Goodrich Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine
2009-2013: Corvin Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine
2009-2013: Medical Research Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine
2011: Mary Duke Biddle International Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine
2015: Best Clinical Research Presentation, UCSD Department of Surgery Research Symposium
2015: Leadership Grant, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
2016: Humanitarian Grant, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
2019: 1st place, Triological Society Resident Bowl
2019: 2nd place, Triological Society Combined Sections - Rhinology & Allergy Poster Award
Dr. Jafari’s research focuses on improving quality of life and outcomes in sinus and skull base disorders, studying the neurocognitive effects of rhinosinusitis, and developing novel techniques for minimally invasive orbital surgery. He also enjoys mentoring trainees to develop and advance their own research endeavors. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters and has presented his research at national and international conferences. He is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the American Rhinologic Society.
Jafari A, de Lima Xavier L, Bernstein JD, Simonyan K, Bleier BS. Association of Sinonasal Inflammation With Functional Brain Connectivity., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2021 Jun; 147(6):534-543
Panuganti BA, Jafari A, Shen S, Qualliotine JR, Schueth EA, Campbell B, Ngoitsi H, Cordes S. Predictors of Quality-of-Life Improvements Following Global Head and Neck Surgery Trips to Underserved Regions., Laryngoscope 2021 Mar
Patel KR, Lehmann AE, Jafari A, Faden DL. Prolapsed Nasal Polyp Causing Acute Airway Obstruction: An Exceptional Presentation., ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec ; 83(3):203-205
Davis ME, Jafari A, Crawford K, MacDonald BV, Watson D. Novel Implementation of Virtual Interviews for Otolaryngology Resident Selection: Reflections Relevant to the COVID-19 Era., OTO Open ; 5(1):2473974X20988234