Dr. Douglas Backous, MD

Dr. Douglas Backous, MD

Neurotology  |  
Male  |  
Age 55
Insurances AcceptedSave
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 - Cherry Hill Campus.

550 17th Ave Ste 500

Seattle, WA 98122

Contact Information

(206) 320-3278

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Ear Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Ear Disorders
very high
more than 98% of peers
Otitis Media
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Backous "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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  • Neurotology

Board Certifications

  • Neurotology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Deafness
  • Dizziness
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hearing Loss Due to Noise
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perilymph Fistula (PLF)
  • Pharyngitis
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis


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

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Washington School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Baylor University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Baylor University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997

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
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

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Backous' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Backous to family and friends
based on 21 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Backous' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Puyallup, Wa |
AMAZING! On a moments notice, Dr. Backous not only made it possible for me to see him, but the very next morning upon making an appointment request. Words cannot convey how amazing he and his entire staff were to me. Karen, especially went out of her way to make me feel calm about my sudden hearing loss and the expectation of what was to come. Dr. Backous was direct, honest and comforting to me regarding my situation. He gained my trust and one day later, I'm hearing normal in my right ear!
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 accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Hospitals where Dr. Backous has admitting privileges

Swedish Medical Center - Cherry Hill Campus
500 17th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
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