"Whether treating patients with complex cancers or those with benign tumors, I am dedicated to providing each patient with the absolute best possible outcome. Attaining this high standard requires that our team operate at the very leading edge of medicine while still providing patients with the same care we would provide members of our very own family."


Jeffrey J. Houlton, M.D., joined the department in 2014. He is currently an associate professor and is also a member of the Head & Neck Surgery Division.

Dr. Houlton was raised in Houston, Texas, and graduated medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch with high honors. In medical school he was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He underwent residency training in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at the University of Cincinnati where he developed special interest in the treatment of head and neck cancer patients and their complex reconstructive needs. This led him to pursue advanced training in the field of head and neck oncology and reconstructive surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina where he underwent fellowship training.

Dr. Houlton has been married to his wife Crystal for five years and has two young sons, Caleb and Everett.


Undergraduate Education: Texas A&M University, 2000

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, 2004

Internship: University of Cincinnati Department of Otolaryngology, 2009

Residency: University of Cincinnati Department of Otolaryngology, 2013

Fellowship: Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction, Medical University of South Carolina, 2014

Board Certification: Otolaryngology, 2014

Memberships: American Head and Neck Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Awards and honors 

2018, 2017: Seattle Metropolitan Magazine Top Doctors
2018: National Cancer Institute Investigator
2018: Engineering in Health - Faculty Mentor Award 
2015: Distinguished Service for Model AAO-HNS Committee
2017-present: Consultant, AAO-HNS Microvascular Committee
2015-present: Washington State Representative, National Young Physicians Section of the AMA
2013-2017: American Academy of Otolaryngology Microvascular Committee
2013-2015: American Academy of Otolaryngology Endocrine Surgery Committee
2011: American Laryngological Association Research Award
2007: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society


Academic interests 


Dr. Houlton has clinical expertise in the treatment of cancers of the head and neck, as well as advanced microvascular reconstruction. He has special interest in the area of thyroid and parathyroid surgery, as well as salivary gland disease (including sialoendsocopy).


Dr. Houlton is passionate about clinical outcomes research related to microvascular reconstructive surgery, head and neck cancer treatment, and thyroid/parathyroid surgery.


Recent Publications

Pang J, Faraji F, Risa E, Mell LK, Houlton JJ, Califano JA. High rates of postoperative radiotherapy delay in head and neck cancer before and after Medicaid expansion., Head Neck 2021 09; 43(9):2672-2684

Ryan WR, Xu MJ, Ochoa E, Plonowska-Hirschfeld KA, Zebolsky AL, Ha PK, Bewley AF, Mallen-St Clair J, Joshi AS, Coffey CS, Faraji F, MacDonald BV, Houlton JJ, Gobillot TA, Curry JM, Philips R, Hackman TG, Richmon JD, Holcomb AJ, Coughlin AM, Panwar A, Smith RB, Herberg ME, Fakhry C, Cognetti DM. Oncologic outcomes of human papillomavirus-associated oropharynx carcinoma treated with surgery alone: A 12-institution study of 344 patients., Cancer 2021 Sep; 127(17):3092-3106

Cash H, Harbison RA, Futran N, Parvathaneni U, Laramore GE, Liao J, Cannon R, Rodriguez C, Houlton JJ. Neutron Therapy for High-Grade Salivary Carcinomas in the Adjuvant and Primary Treatment Setting., Laryngoscope 2021 03; 131(3):541-547

Mhawej R, Harmych BM, Houlton JJ, Tabangin ME, Meinzen-Derr J, Patil YJ. The impact of a post-operative clinical care pathway on head and neck microvascular free tissue transfer outcomes., J Laryngol Otol 2020 Jan1-9

Han M, Stanford-Moore GB, Larson AR, Schoppy DW, Cognetti DM, Joshi AS, Houlton JJ, Ryan WR. Predictors of Mortality in HPV-Associated Oropharynx Carcinoma Treated With Surgery Alone., Laryngoscope 2020 07; 130(7):E423-E435