Mission, Vision, Values in Action


The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery faculty is committed to our mission of providing excellence and leadership in all aspects of otolaryngology. Our faculty practice state-of-the-art care in all aspects of otolaryngology, comprehensively train residents, fellows, and students to prepare them for future careers, and engage in robust research efforts addressing the broad areas of disorders affecting the organs of communication.


Our department is at its best with broad diversity in race, ethnicity, gender and generational representation across faculty, trainees and staff. Diverse ideas and perspectives are encouraged and heard. These strengths are incorporated into our policies and strategic initiatives and all that we do.

Values in Action

Our Values: Empathy, Diversity, Integrity, Respect, Honesty, Cohesiveness, Collaboration, Equity, Excellence 

Our ideals:

  • Acceptance and acknowledgement that we each have attitudes and biases that influence our understanding, actions and decisions
  • Cordiality, collegiality and professionalism in all our interactions
  • Freedom from fear of judgement or retaliation
  • Openness to discussion and the free exchange of ideas, including disagreements
  • Transparency and collaboration
  • Consistency and timeliness with responding to requests
  • We strive to discover facts and not make assumptions

Our values in action:

  • We commit to self-awareness and empathy as a means to eliminate bias.
  • We assume positive intent.
  • We listen to understand vs. listening to react. We don’t become defensive.
  • We give, receive and proactively ask for feedback
  • We engage in dialogue to create action steps both formally (e.g. standing items on staff, research and faculty meetings) and informally.
  • We identify and allocate resources for ongoing training and education.
  • We agree to zero tolerance for the following behaviors, and we agree to always address perceived and actual instances of these behaviors.
    • Discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or socio-economic status
    • Uninvited or unwanted touching
    • Intimidating, aggressive, demeaning communication
  • We find fulfillment and enjoyment in being part of UW Otolaryngology-HNS.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine upholds the values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We are mindful of all aspects of human differences, such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, spiritual practice, geography, disability, and age.

Diversity is a core value which embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and the appreciation of multiple perspectives. Inclusion is a critical element for successfully achieving diversity. Inclusion is achieved by nurturing the climate and culture of the program through professional development, education, policy, and practice. Through diversity and inclusion, we hope to create a climate that fosters belonging, respect, and sharing in a healthy educational environment.

We believe that diversity enhances the educational climate and that patient care and learner outcomes are directly improved as a result. Furthermore, we believe that the constantly changing demographics (locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally) make it imperative for our program to recruit a workforce for the future that is capable of understanding, communicating, and providing services to individuals from varied backgrounds. In this way, diversity is a solution to several needs. It enhances creativity and thoughtfulness in our patient care and research, and it serves as a catalyst for change, ultimately resulting in a greater system of health care equity and a reduction in health care disparities. This eventually leads to better solutions to the healthcare needs of the patients we serve.

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is committed to successfully recruiting and training qualified individuals from under-represented racial/ethnic groups to our house-staff, faculty, and staff, thus ensuring the success of our trainees who come from backgrounds currently underrepresented in medicine.

UW Oto Department Resources  

UW Otolaryngology supports diversity and inclusion. As a department we value and encourage medical students from URM to take interest in Otolaryngology and would like to encourage application to our department.  We currently have two mechanisms to facilitate this:

Otolaryngology Diversity Residency Applicant Travel Grant Program

The Otolaryngology Diversity Residency Applicant Travel Grant Program is designed to encourage medical students from diverse backgrounds to meet our residents and faculty and consider the exceptional training that the University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology-HNS has to offer. Qualified residency applicants in the current Otolaryngology MATCH who are invited to interview for a residency position are eligible to receive up to $500 of funding to offset qualified travel expenses for the interview process. Read full program announcement and apply.

UW Otolaryngology Diversity Visiting Medical Student Program

The Otolaryngology Diversity Visiting Medical Student Program is a funded program designed to encourage students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to experience the exceptional training that the University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology has to offer. Students will spend four weeks with the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Harborview Medical Center or Puget Sound Veteran’s Administrative Hospital and care for a variety of patients in our tertiary care centers. Students will participate in all the duties and functions of a medical student. They will also be expected to attend all scheduled house staff teaching sessions and conferences. Read full program announcement and apply