"I am passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate care to all my patients. My goal is to help them understand the treatment options from the perspective of their own values and guide them along their chosen path."


Dr. Hume is a UW associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and a researcher at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center. Dr. Hume is a physician-scientist with a research interest in developing new therapies for hearing loss.

Dr. Hume received his Ph.D. in immunology and molecular biology at Cornell University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology and behavior at Columbia University. He returned to Cornell University to complete an M.D. and then moved to Seattle for a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Washington. In 2002, he joined the UW faculty as a surgeon-scientist and was promoted to associate professor in 2008.

He has clinical practices at the UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, East Side Specialties Clinic, and the VA Puget Sound Medical Center. He runs a research program at UW and is an affiliate of the UW's Center on Human Development and Disability and the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.


Undergraduate Education: Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., 1983

Medical School: Ph.D., Cornell University/Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, N.Y., 1989; M.D., Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y., 1996

Internship: University of Washington, 1997

Residency: University of Washington, 2002

Fellowship: Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1989-1994

Board Certification: Otolaryngology-HNS, 2003

Memberships: American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Association for Research in Otolaryngology

Awards and honors 

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Biomedical Research Fellow
James Moore Scholarship. Department of Otolaryngology, Cornell University Medical College
American Neurotology Society, Herbert Silverstein Otology/Neurotology Research Award

Academic interests 


Dr. Hume specializes in medical and surgical management of diseases of the ear including hearing loss, tinnitus, ear infections, dizziness, and vertigo. He has expertise in middle ear surgery, cochlear implants, and bone-anchored hearing aids.



Hair cell regeneration, inner ear gene therapy, cochlear implants.


Recent Publications

Cambron NK, Hume CR, Roland JT. Cochlear Implant Access for Veterans., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 04; 146(4):386-387

Luo C, Omelchenko I, Manson R, Robbins C, Oesterle EC, Cao GZ, Shen IY, Hume CR. Direct Intracochlear Acoustic Stimulation Using a PZT Microactuator., Trends Hear 2015 Dec; 19

Tong L, Strong MK, Kaur T, Juiz JM, Oesterle EC, Hume C, Warchol ME, Palmiter RD, Rubel EW. Selective deletion of cochlear hair cells causes rapid age-dependent changes in spiral ganglion and cochlear nucleus neurons., J Neurosci 2015 May; 35(20):7878-91

Atkinson PJ, Wise AK, Flynn BO, Nayagam BA, Hume CR, O'Leary SJ, Shepherd RK, Richardson RT. Neurotrophin gene therapy for sustained neural preservation after deafness., PLoS One 2012 ; 7(12):e52338

Golub JS, Tong L, Ngyuen TB, Hume CR, Palmiter RD, Rubel EW, Stone JS. Hair cell replacement in adult mouse utricles after targeted ablation of hair cells with diphtheria toxin., J Neurosci 2012 Oct; 32(43):15093-105