Zain Rizvi, MD


In medicine we are often faced with difficult and complex decisions. My goal is to help educate and guide patients and their loved ones before, during, and after treatment, maximizing their outcomes through clinical care and research. It is a privilege to be a part of this team at the University of Washington.


Dr. Rizvi is a board certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck surgeon and assistant professor. He grew up on the West Coast and Midwest and graduated medical school with high honors, distinction in research, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor society induction. He completed residency training at the University of California in Los Angeles. Driven to provide comprehensive head & neck and reconstructive care, he then pursued training at Washington University in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. There he completed training in advanced head and neck oncology, reconstructive, endoscopic/open skull base, transoral laser and robotic as well as endocrine surgery.

His clinical practice is comprehensive head & neck and reconstructive care. His focus is to maximize and restore form, function, and quality of life through innovative techniques. This often includes minimally invasive robotic, laser, and endoscopic techniques as well as reconstructive surgery, including free tissue transfer. To achieve this, he works with multidisciplinary teams across specialties to develop the best treatment options for each individual patient.

In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors – hiking, biking, fishing, making the Pacific Northwest a great home. He also enjoys car repair and restoration as well as cooking.

Current CV


Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan, 2007

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2013

Internship: University of California Los Angeles, General Surgery, 2014

Residency: University of California Los Angeles, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2018

Fellowship: Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes Jewish Hospital, Comprehensive Head & Neck Oncology, Microvascular Reconstruction, Transoral Robotic & Laser, Endoscopic & Open Skull Base, and Endocrine Surgery, 2019

Other Training: Howard Hughes Medical Institute/University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Medical Research Fellowship, 2010

Board Certification: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2019

Memberships: American Head and Neck Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society


Awards and Honors

2018    Paul Ward Society 1st place Award for Outstanding Research

2017    Ballantyne Resident Research Pilot CORE Grant, AHNS

2013    Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Society

2013    Comprehensive Honors in Medical School (Top 5%)

2012    Award for Highest Academic Achievement amongst Third Year Medical Students 

2009-10    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Student Research Training Fellowship 

2008    Wayne State University Board of Governors Scholarship

2007    Detroit Section American Chemical Society (ACS) Distinguished Student Award

2007    American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Biochemistry

2005    American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Analytical Chemistry

2004    University of Michigan Angel Scholar

2003    University of Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Minority Recognition Scholarship,

Dean’s List for Achievement

Clinical Interests

Head and Neck oncology, functional reconstruction following tumor removal or trauma, endoscopic and open skull base surgery for treatment of sinonasal tumors and disease, transoral robotic (TORS) and laser microsurgery (TLM), endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, and pituitary).

Recent Publications

Research Areas

Research Focus

Dr. Rizvi’s research focus is on improving quality of life and treatment in patients undergoing head and neck treatment. This includes studies to guide decision making in order to maximize patient-centered outcomes as well as translational research to advance our fundamental understanding of disease, hopefully leading to new potential treatment options.