Jeffrey J. Houlton, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Head and neck surgery, oral surgery
Cancer is a fight we take on together.”
What do you enjoy about practicing oncology?
Like most doctors, I feel it is a privilege to practice medicine, and this is never truer than when battling cancer with a patient. I say “with” because it is an endeavor that requires a team effort. One of the most rewarding aspects of my profession is taking on the role of advocate, helping patients and their loved ones make critical decisions about care that align with their values and beliefs. I am honored by each patient who entrusts me with their care, and I use every resource available to make sure their trust is not misplaced.
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
I am a surgical oncologist who specializes in treating patients with head and neck cancers. My clinical expertise includes advanced microvascular reconstruction (a technique for reconnecting blood vessels and rebuilding bone and tissue), minimally invasive surgery and thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Regardless of the procedure or therapy, I focus on minimizing negative side effects and restoring function to the body. My research is dedicated to improving quality of life during and after treatment. I study the clinical decisions doctors make that have an extraordinary impact on patients’ lives. I also study advanced techniques in reconstructive surgery, particularly as they relate to salivary gland cancers, thyroid malignancies and patients’ functionality in their daily routines.
How do you help patients?
A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating, and you deserve a physician who can help you navigate the many challenges ahead. Whether you are being treated for a complex cancer or a benign tumor, I am dedicated to providing the best possible outcome, helping you maintain the highest possible quality of life and treating you with the same level of care I would provide my own family. The two biggest differences I make in the lives of my patients are developing strong, supportive relationships with them — and their families — and ensuring they have access to the latest advancements in cancer treatment.
Texas A&M University
University of Texas
University of Cincinnati, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina, Head & Neck Surgical Oncology/Microvascular Reconstruction
Otolaryngology, 2014, American Board of Otolaryngology
Teaching Appointment, Medical University of South Carolina