"It is truly an honor and gift to partner with patients on their journey of health. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with patients to optimize the health of their nose and sinuses. I utilize contemporary and cutting edge treatment options, as well as collaborate with allergists and neurosurgeons to provide comprehensive rhinology care. As a physician-educator and clinical researcher, I feel privileged to train the next generation of physician-leaders and academicians."


Ian M. Humphreys, DO, joined the University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery in 2015.  Currently he is an Assistant Professor within the Department and a member of the Division of Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery. He has specialized training and expertise in treating inflammatory diseases of the nose and sinuses (e.g., sinusitis), smell disorders, nose bleeds, nasal breathing, rhinitis, sinonasal tumors (benign and malignant), and disorders affecting the skull base.

Dr Humphreys attended the University of Pittsburgh, then performed basic and translational research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He earned his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated with Summa Cum Laude and Psi Sigma Alpha distinctions. He completed a residency in Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery at Michigan State University's Detroit Medical Center campus in Detroit where he also served as Chief Resident.  Following residency, he completed a prestigious fellowship in Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at Stanford University under the direction of world-renowned Rhinologist Peter Hwang, MD.

Dr Humphreys is originally from Pennsylvania and is excited to call Washington his new home.  He has a passion for humanitarian medical care and has served in locations such as the American Southwest, Nigeria, and Cambodia.  He is married and enjoys travel, boating, hiking, and mountaineering.  



Undergraduate Education: University of Pittsburgh, 2004

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2009

Internship: Michigan State University at Detroit Medical Center, 2010

Residency: Michigan State University at Detroit Medical Center, 2014

Fellowship: Stanford University, 2015

Board Certification: Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery, 2015

Memberships: American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society, American Osteopathic College of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery

Awards and honors 

Dr Humphreys received over 10 scholarship awards during medical school for academic excellence, stewardship, and merit.  He graduated medical school Summa Cum Laude with Psi Sigma Alpha Distinction.  During residency he received two grants for Humanitarian Service projects abroad.  In 2014, he was awarded the Ig Noble Prize in Medicine and in 2018 he was recognized as a Seattle Met Top Doc.  He currently serves on numerous committees within several national organizations including the American Rhinologic Society and is the Director of Rhinology for the Education Committee of the American Osteopathic College of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery.

Academic interests 


Dr Humphreys has specialized training and expertise in the treatment of chronic inflammatory disorders of the nose and sinuses (e.g., sinusitis), nasal obstruction, nose bleeds, smell disorders, sinonasal tumors that are both benign and cancerous, as well as diseases affecting the skull base.  He has expertise using minimally invasive and in-office techniques for the management of sinusitis including balloon sinuplasty, radiofrequency turbinate reduction, and cryoablation.  Importantly, he is trained both as a Rhinologist and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgeon and is a member of the University of Washington Skull Base Team.  He utilizes cutting edge technologies and techniques in the management of these disorders.



Dr Humphreys is interested in clinical outcomes and quality of life in chronic sinus disease as well as the development of novel therapeutic treatment options, particularly topical therapies, for sinusitis.  He is the Principal Investigator at the University of Washington for a national study examining outcomes in sinonasal cancers, and he collaborates with colleagues at universities such as Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and University of California Los Angeles on this project.  He is also a member of the University of Washington BioRobotics Laboratory and has a funded project investigating novel navigation technologies in sinus and skull base surgery.


Recent Publications

Humphreys IM, Wandell GM, Miller C, Rathor A, Schmidt RA, Turner JH, Hwang PH, Davis GE. A multi-institutional review of outcomes in biopsy-proven chronic invasive fungal sinusitis., Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 2020 Jun; 10(6):738-747

Miller C, Humphreys IM, Davis GE. Effect of Over the Counter Ibuprofen Dosing after Sinus Surgery for Chronic Rhinosinusitis: A Prospective Cohort Pilot Study., Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. 2020 Jul; 129(7):677-683

Fung M, Babik J, Humphreys IM, Davis GE. Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Invasive Fungal Sinusitis in Cancer and Transplant Patients., Curr Infect Dis Rep 2019 Nov; 21(12):53

Miller C, Berens A, Patel SA, Humphreys IM, Moe KS. Transorbital Approach for Improved Access in the Management of Paranasal Sinus Mucoceles., J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2019 Dec; 80(6):593-598

Hicks KL, Moe KS, Humphreys IM. Bilateral Transorbital and Transnasal Endoscopic Resection of a Frontal Sinus Osteoblastoma and Orbital Mucocele: A Case Report and Review of the Literature., Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. 2018 Nov; 127(11):864-869