“I am committed to recognizing patients’ individual values and preferences towards a shared goal of improving their symptoms and quality of life. I strive to provide compassionate and evidence-based care, using cutting-edge and minimally invasive techniques. It is a privilege to partner with patients, their families, and the exceptional team of providers at UW Medicine.”


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


Academic interests 

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.

Recent Publications

Qureshi HA, Bandhlish A, DeConde RP, Humphreys IM, Abuzeid WM, Jafari A. Initial Presentation of Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis as Progressive Skull Base Osteomyelitis., ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec 2021 Sep1-5

von Sneidern M, Lehmann AE, Jafari A, Vlasakov IK, Shen SA, Goss D, Bleier BS. Reflecting on the COVID-19 Surgical Literature Surge: A Scoping Review of Pandemic Otolaryngology Publications., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2021 Sep1945998211041933

Jafari A, Shen SA, Qualliotine JR, Lehmann AE, Humphreys IM, Abuzeid WM, Bergmark RW, Gray ST. Socioeconomic Factors Affect Presentation Stage and Survival in Sinonasal Squamous Cell Carcinoma., Laryngoscope 2021 11; 131(11):2421-2428

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 06; 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 09; 131(9):2006-2010

Latest news 

Dr. Jafari comments on COVID-19-related smell loss in this Reuters article.

"Loss of sense of smell can affect mortality in older adults." Read Dr. Jafari's comments in this article in U.S. News & World Report.