Henry Ou, MD, MA


Although I am a surgeon, I recognize that surgery is a frightening prospect for any child and their family. I enjoy working closely with families to develop a treatment plan that works well for their child. I believe that surgery should always be one of the last resorts when we consider treatment options. While I enjoy treating many aspects of pediatric otolaryngology, I am particularly passionate about children with hearing loss and hope to develop ways to prevent hearing loss.


Henry Ou is an associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington, having joined the faculty in 2006. He did his residency training at the University of Washington, followed by pediatric otolaryngology fellowship training at Seattle Children's Hospital, and is currently the director of the Seattle Children's Hospital Hearing Loss Clinic. In addition, he was appointed by the governor to the State of Washington Board of Hearing and Speech in 2014. Dr. Ou has over 15 years of experience in hearing research, with a particular emphasis on the use of the zebrafish to study drug-induced hearing loss. He is actively investigating the development of drugs to prevent hearing loss.

Current CV


Undergraduate Education: Cornell University, 1989-1993

Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, 1993-1998

Internship: University of Washington - General Surgery, 1998-1999

Residency: University of Washington - Otolaryngology-HNS, 1999-2004

Fellowship: Seattle Children's Hospital - Pediatric Otolaryngology-HNS, 2004-2006

Board Certification: Otolaryngology-HNS, 2005

Memberships: Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Member, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; Member, American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS; Member, Association for Research in Otolaryngology; Member, Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology


Awards and Honors

2014: Advising Medical Physician, State of Washington Board of Hearing and Speech, appointed by Governor Jay Inslee

2013: Director of Hearing Loss Clinic, Seattle Children's Hospital

2013: Associate Fellowship Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship - Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington

2008: William Potsic Basic Science Research Award, 1st Prize, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (Mentor of Resident: Lynn Chiu)

2007: University of Washington School of Medicine, Marian E. Smith Junior Faculty Research Award

Clinical Interests

Dr. Ou's clinical interests include most aspects of pediatric otolaryngology (e.g. tonsils/adenoids management, neck masses, pediatric airway), with a subspecialty focus on pediatric hearing loss, chronic ear disease, cholesteatoma and other middle ear surgery, and cochlear implantation.


Research Areas

Research Focus

Dr. Ou's research focuses on the use of the zebrafish lateral line to study mechanisms of drug-induced hearing loss. He also works on the identification and development of drugs to prevent hearing loss.