"My goal is to listen to patients and families and understand the problem. This helps me guide families to make the best decision for them. It is a privilege to treat patients and families, and I will always make sure that they are cared for in the best possible way."


Randy Bly is a pediatric otolaryngologist and cares for patients and families with a variety of problems in the head and neck. He has specific interests in patients with speech and swallowing problems, vascular malformations, breathing difficulties, neck masses, and congenital anomalies. He incorporates resources available at Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide the highest level of care to patients and families. His research interest is in how surgery is planned, guided, and analyzed in order to improve patient outcomes, reduce the length of hospital stays, and recover more quickly.  


Undergraduate Education: Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

Medical School: Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Maywood, Ill.

Internship: University of Washington

Residency: University of Washington.

Fellowship: University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Wash.

Board Certification: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Memberships: American Academy of AAO-HNS; American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; American College of Surgeons

Awards and honors 

Alberta Corkery Fellowship Travel Award. Preoperative Imaging and Surgical Management of Frontonasal Dermoid Cysts: 15-year Experience at a Pediatric Tertiary Care Center. Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting, Chicago, Ill., May 19-22, 2016.

Resident Leadership Grant Award. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Presented September 29-October 2, 2013, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

President Elect Award for outstanding poster presentation. Computer Planning in the Research, Analysis and Design of Skull Base Surgical Approaches. American Academy of Otolaryngology, Oct 2013, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

The most outstanding clinical research presentation, presented by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting, Orlando, Fla.: Apr 9-14, 2013.

1st place oral presentation: Slide Tracheoplasty to Repair Congenital Long Segment Tracheal Stenosis. Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology, Fascinating Cases in Otolaryngology. Seattle, Wash.; Oct 14, 2011.

3rd place oral presentation: Adjuvant Tracheotomy for Grizzly Bear Field Laryngopharyngectomy. Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology, Fascinating Cases in Otolaryngology. Seattle, Wash.; Oct 14, 2011.

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

Chan J, Najafi A, Baker M, Kinsman J, Mancl LR, Norton S, Bly R, Gollakota S. Performing tympanometry using smartphones., Commun Med (Lond) 2022 ; 257

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

Abrol A, Bly R, Sie KCY, Bhrany AD. Contemporary management of microtia., Facial Plast Surg 2022 May

Zenner K, Jensen DM, Dmyterko V, Shivaram GM, Myers CT, Paschal CR, Rudzinski ER, Pham MM, Cheng VC, Manning SC, Bly RA, Ganti S, Perkins JA, Bennett JT. Somatic activating variants cause isolated lymphatic malformations., HGG Adv 2022 Apr; 3(2):100101