Dr. Douglas Backous, MD
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Neurotology | Male

550 17th Ave Ste 500 Seattle, WA 98122 Get Directions

Care Philosophy

I work very hard to understand each individual patient and their medical issue before working with them to plan the most appropriated intervention plan to improve their quality of life. Our Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery allows me access to the latest technology to bring optimized clinical and surgical results to patients who often times have very comlicated problems. I also remind myself daily that patients are people first and strive to treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve.

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Dr. Douglas Backous, MD is a neurotology doctor who practices in Seattle, WA. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 28 years. Dr. Backous is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus and Swedish Medical Center - Cherry Hill Campus.

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Dr. Backous' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    GOOD
  • Time well spent
    GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (3)
Snohomish, WA |
Dr. Backous is such a wonderful doctor. He isn't the kind who will hold your hand and make you feel warm and cozy, but he does know his stuff and he is the best doctor in his field. He has operated on my daughter 6 times now and each time he has given me the facts, given me the options, done the surgeries, and the outcomes are always what he said they would be. He is accommodating, personable, loves to joke around and is so very smart. There isn't a better doctor out there in my opinion.
in Lynnwood, WA |
I had conductive hearing loss that was starting to get really bad. Dr. Backous came recommended and he was excellent. I had concerns about surgery but he put me at ease. He performed a Stapedectomy and the results changed my life for the better.
in Seattle, WA |
Dr. Backous successfully removed a cholesteatoma from my ear, reconstructing the ear canal and inserting a titanium implant. Three months post operative hearing results showed a 45% increase in hearing.
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      Dr. Backous' Care Philosophy

      I work very hard to understand each individual patient and their medical issue before working with them to plan the most appropriated intervention plan to improve their quality of life. Our Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery allows me access to the latest technology to bring optimized clinical and surgical results to patients who often times have very comlicated problems. I also remind myself daily that patients are people first and strive to treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve.

      Dr. Backous' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

      •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
      •  Specializes in Neurotology
      •  Board certified in Neurotology and Otolaryngology
      •  Malpractice claims in Washington not available
      •  No sanctions found
      •  No board actions found

      Awards & Recognition

      • Awards & Honors
        • Healthgrades Honor Roll
        • Visiting Professor, Royal College of Medicine, UK, 2011
        • Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2009
        • Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2000, 2005
        • America's Best Doctors, 2007-11
        • Top Doctors, Seattle Magazine, 2010
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      • Media & Publications
        • Assesment of individuals suspected or diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder: a medical perspective, 2006
        • Evaluation and management of conductive hearing loss, 2010
        • Reports form the 12th Symposium on cochlear implants in children., 2010
        • Facial Nerve Grading Grading System 2.0, 2009
        • International classification of reliability for implanted cochlear implant receiver stimulators., 2010
        • Techniques for cochlear implant electrode placement in the ossified cochlea., 2010
        • Intracranial concerns in lateral skull base surgery, 2007
        • Guiding patients through the choices for treating vestibualr schwannomas: balancing options and ensuring informed consent., 2008

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      • Neurotology
      • Otolaryngology

      Conditions Treated

      • Acoustic Neuroma
      • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
      • Ataxia
      • Autoimmune Diseases
      • Bell's Palsy
      • Bone Disorders
      • Brain Disorders
      • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
      • Cancer
      • Cholesteatoma
      • Chronic Sinusitis
      • Conductive Hearing Loss
      • Craniopharyngioma
      • Deafness
      • Dizziness
      • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
      • Dysphagia
      • Ear Ache
      • Ear Disorders
      • Earwax Buildup
      • Eyelid Disorders
      • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
      • Gastrointestinal Diseases
      • Head and Neck Cancer
      • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
      • Headache
      • Hearing Loss Due to Noise
      • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
      • Meniere's Disease
      • Meningiomas
      • Nerve Sheath Tumors
      • Oral Cancer
      • Osteosarcoma
      • Otitis Media
      • Otosclerosis
      • Outer Ear Infection
      • Perforated Eardrum
      • Perilymph Fistula (PLF)
      • Postnasal Drip
      • Pulmonary Disease
      • Salivary Gland Cancer
      • Sjögren's Syndrome
      • Sleep Apnea
      • Sleep Disorders
      • Tinnitus
      • Trigeminal Neuralgia
      • Vertigo

      Education

      • Medical School
        University Of Washington School Of Medicine

        Graduated in 1989

      • Internship Hospital
        Baylor University

        Completed in 1991

      • Residency Hospital
        Baylor University

        Completed in 1995

      • Fellowship Hospital
        Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine

        Completed in 1997

      Languages Spoken

      • English

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      Professional Affiliations

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      Specialties

      • Neurotology

      Procedures Performed

      • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
      • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
      • Cochlear Implant Insertion
      • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
      • EMG (Electromyography)
      • ENT Surgery
      • Ear Surgery
      • Ear Tube Placement
      • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
      • Head and Neck Surgery
      • Neuroplasty
      • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
      • Wound Repair