"I feel privileged to practice at Harborview and teach in the UW School of Medicine. I am fortunate to get to work on a daily basis with such dedicated and talented colleagues, students, and collaborators to bring the highest quality of clinical care, compassion, and innovation to the communities we serve."


Mark Whipple, M.D., M.S., graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his otolaryngology-head & neck surgery training at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He practiced in his home town of Fairbanks, Alaska, for several years before receiving graduate training in biomedical informatics in the Harvard-MIT program. He then joined the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UW in 2001. He has served as chief of Oto-HNS at Harborview Medical Center since 2007. In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Whipple teaches in the UW medical school and does research in biomedical informatics.


Undergraduate Education: Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal., 1987

Medical School: University of Washington, 1991

Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, 1992

Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, 1996

Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital, Research Fellowship in Bioinformatics, 2001

Other Training: Master's in Medical Informatics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001

Board Certification: Otolaryngology, 1997

Memberships: Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Awards and honors 

2009: Harborview CARES Award for Service Excellence
2009: American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Honor Award
2007: University of Washington School of Medicine Service Excellence Award
2002: UW Dept of Oto/HNS Trachy Award for Contributions to Resident Research
1995: Chicago Laryngologic and Otologic Society, Lederer-Pierce Prize for Resident Research
1991: Graduation with Honors, University of Washington School of Medicine
1990: Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Washington School of Medicine
1987: Graduation with Distinction, Stanford University

Academic interests 


Dr. Whipple practices all aspects of adult otolaryngology with particular interest in the surgical management of craniofacial trauma.



Dr. Whipple's research has focused on informatics approaches to better understand the development and metastasis of head and neck neoplasms. Specific efforts include developing algorithms to identify tumor biomarkers, genomic and micro-RNA analyses, and computational models of tumor spread.


Recent Publications

Bowe SN, Bly RA, Wang X, Whipple ME. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Resident Selection in 11 Specialties, 2013-2018., JAMA 2022 06; 327(24):2450-2452

Zern NK, Yale LA, Whipple ME, Allen SM, Wood DE, Tatum RP, Perkins JD, Calhoun KE. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical student education: Implementation and outcome of a virtual general surgery curriculum., Am J Surg 2022 Jul; 224(1 Pt B):612-616

Bowe SN, Wang X, Whipple ME, Bly RA. Evidence of Specialty-Specific Gender Disparities in Resident Recruitment and Selection., J Grad Med Educ 2021 Dec; 13(6):841-847

Bowe SN, Bly RA, Whipple ME. Collaborative, Longitudinal Data Are Necessary to Support Diversity Efforts in Residency Recruitment and Selection., Acad Med 2021 04; 96(4):480-481

Wick EH, Whipple ME, Hohman MH, Moe KS. Computer-Aided Rhinoplasty Using a Novel "navigated" Nasal Osteotomy Technique: A Pilot Study., Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2021 Oct; 130(10):1148-1155