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

Bonilla-Velez J, Whitlock KB, Ganti S, Shivaram GM, Bly RA, Dahl JP, Manning SC, Perkins JA. Delaying Invasive Treatment in Unilateral Head and Neck Lymphatic Malformation Improves Outcomes., Laryngoscope 2022 Jun

Cockrell HC, Greenberg SLM, Knight JA, Green NF, Romberg EK, Bonilla-Velez J, Chapman T. Magnetic resonance imaging of children following esophageal button battery removal: What are we looking for?, Clin Imaging 2022 Jun; 8671-74

Pattisapu P, Wenger TL, Dahl JP, Bly RA, Bonilla-Velez J, Wu N, Hall A, Rudzinski ER, Perkins JA. Avoidance of surgery for head and neck infantile myofibromatosis using imatinib monotherapy., Clin Case Rep 2022 Feb; 10(2):e05382

Brady C, Manning SC, Rudzinski E, Paulson V, Wang X, Liu YJ, Parikh SR, Bonilla-Velez J, Hawkins DS, Dahl J. Clinical Outcomes of Diffuse Sclerosing Variant Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in Pediatric Patients., Laryngoscope 2022 05; 132(5):1132-1138

Richardson C, Friedman SD, Park JS, Bonilla-Velez J, Dahl JP, Parikh SR, Perkins J, Johnson K. Comparison of Slide Tracheoplasty Technique on Postoperative Anatomic Outcomes in Three-Dimensional Printed Models., Laryngoscope 2022 06; 132(6):1306-1312