"I aim to provide patients with information about their medical condition and treatment options in an understandable way. I like treatment planning to be a collaborative process."


Maya Sardesai, M.D., M.Ed., joined the University of Washington faculty in 2010.  She has advanced training in laryngology and facial plastic surgery and additional clinical interests in facial trauma, surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, and nasal/sinus surgery. Sites of practice include Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center Eastside Specialty Center, and the VA Hospital of Puget Sound.


Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 1997

Medical School: Doctor of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, 2002

Internship: Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Western University, London, Canada, 2003

Residency: Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Western University, London, Canada, 2007

Fellowship: Laryngology, University of Washington, 2009

Other Training: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto, 2008

Board Certification: American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2011

Awards and honors 

2014: First place for poster on "Impact of patient related factors on the outcomes of office based injection laryngoplasty" at Triological Society Meeting
2011: Driftwood University of Washington Faculty Teaching Award

Academic interests 


Surgical treatment of snoring and sleep apnea; management of airway, voice and swallowing; treatment of head and neck trauma and cancer.



Impact of surgery on quality of life; research about medical education.


Recent Publications

Ikeda AK, McShay C, Marsh R, Saini S, Sardesai MG, Weaver EM, Boss EF. Patient Factors and Preferences in Choosing Sleep Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Qualitative Study., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2022 Jun1945998221105404

Esonu O, Sardesai MG. Initial Assessment of the Facial Trauma Patient., Semin Plast Surg 2021 Nov; 35(4):225-228

Chung TK, Hu A, Sardesai MG, Wilcox H, Jiang L, Meyer TK. Evaluating the Effect of Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis on Work Productivity., Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2022 Jul; 131(7):709-714

Roussel D, Gordon PR, Wagner JM, Bardack M, Sardesai MG, Colbert-Getz JM. The learning community faculty experience: how longitudinal relationships with learners enhance work meaning., Perspect Med Educ 2020 12; 9(6):343-349

Meyer TK, Bergmark R, Zatz M, Sardesai MG, Litvack JR, Starks Acosta A. Barriers Pushed Aside: Insights on Career and Family Success from Women Leaders in Academic Otolaryngology., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2019 08; 161(2):257-264