Dr. Bonilla-Velez is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington. Originally from Cali, Colombia, Dr. Bonilla-Velez completed her medical school in the Universidad del Valle, Colombia. She then did a postdoctoral research year at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, after which she started residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Studies in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery before coming to Seattle Children’s for fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology, where she stayed on as faculty.


Medical School: Program of Medicine and Surgery, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

Internship: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Residency: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology. Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Board Certification: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Memberships: American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA),  Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology (IAPO), Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology (NWAO).

Awards and honors 

2019: Fellow Best Research Manuscript Award, 2019 ASPO Annual Meeting, "Healthier Children: A Better World." American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)

2018: Highest Excellence in Scientific Presentation Award, Floyd Kyser, MD, 25th Annual Resident Research and Alumni Conference, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

2017: Exemplary Senior Trainee Award, Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Section, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)

2017: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

2017: The Seymour R. Cohen Award for Pediatric Laryngology and Broncho-Esophagology, 97th Annual Meeting of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM)

2016: Charles M. Bower M.D. Excellence in Pediatric Otolaryngology Award, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Academic interests 


Dr. Bonilla-Velez is interested in the comprehensive management of all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology, with a subspecialty focus on vascular anomalies, sleep and airway surgery, sinus disease, and head and neck surgical oncology including thyroid disease. She is also passionate about working with patients from ethnic and racial minorities.


Clinical outcomes and translational research in vascular anomalies. Improving healthcare for racial and ethnic minorities, especially the Latino and Hispanic populations.

Recent Publications

Scharpf J, Liu JC, Sinclair C, Singer M, Liddy W, Orloff L, Steward D, Bonilla Velez J, Randolph GW. Critical Review and Consensus Statement for Neural Monitoring in Otolaryngologic Head, Neck, and Endocrine Surgery., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2021 May1945998211011062

Wandell GM, Wang X, Whitlock KB, Weber AK, Sie KCY, Bonilla-Velez J. Are Spanish-Speaking Families Less Satisfied with Care in Pediatric Otolaryngology?, Laryngoscope 2021 07; 131(7):E2393-E2401

Hau V, Bonilla-Velez J, Low D. Anesthesia management for ENT surgery in a child with X-linked pyruvate kinase deficiency., Paediatr Anaesth 2021 Apr; 31(4):499-500

Bonilla-Velez J, Whitlock KB, Ganti S, Theeuwen HA, Manning SC, Bly RA, Dahl JP, Perkins JA. Active Observation as an Alternative to Invasive Treatments for Pediatric Head and Neck Lymphatic Malformations., Laryngoscope 2021 06; 131(6):1392-1397

Parikh SR, Bly RA, Bonilla-Velez J, Dahl JP, Evans SS, Horn DL, Johnson KE, Manning SC, Ou HC, Pattisapu P, Perkins JA, Sie KCY. Pediatric Otolaryngology Divisional and Institutional Preparatory Response at Seattle Children's Hospital after COVID-19 Regional Exposure., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 06; 162(6):800-803