Dr. Houlton is a surgical oncologist who specializes in treating patients with head and neck cancers.
Cancer is a devastating reality for our patients. Each patient deserves a physician that can serve as their personal advocate against the many challenges of this disease. An emphasis on developing a strong physician-patient relationship and providing patients with cutting edge advancements in cancer treatment are the two biggest difference makers I see in the care of my patients.
- Head and neck surgery
- Oral, salivary gland, parathyroid and thyroid cancers surgery
- Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Medical Degree: University of Texas Medical Branch
- Residency: University of Cincinnati
- Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina, Head & Neck Surgical Oncology/Microvascular Reconstruction
“Like most doctors, I feel it is a true privilege to practice medicine,” Jeffrey Houlton, MD, said. “This is never truer than when battling cancer with a patient. I say with a patient, because this is truly a fight that we take on together. Taking on the role of patient advocate and the challenge of cancer care is most rewarding aspect of my profession. I am honored with every patient that entrusts me with their care, and I use every resource available to make sure that trust is not misplaced.”
Dr. Houlton’s clinical research is dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients during and after treatment. He studies the clinical decisions doctors make “that have an extraordinary impact on patients’ lives,” he said. He also performs clinical research related to advanced techniques in reconstructive surgery, used to improve the patients’ function in their daily lives, and in the areas of salivary gland cancers and thyroid malignancies.
“I think it is every surgical oncologist's dream to see cancer cured in their lifetime,” Dr. Houlton said. “I would like to see the day where head and neck cancer is not a debilitating illness for our patients.”
His clinical research and clinical practice are both dedicated to improving the function and quality of a patient’s life following cancer treatment. Whether through advanced reconstructive surgical techniques, minimally invasive surgery, or partnering with his colleagues to make a thoughtful decision about adjuvant therapy, his focus is on minimizing the negative side effects of treatment. “My goal for every patient is to obtain the absolute highest likelihood of cure while maintaining the patient’s highest quality of life during and after treatment.”
Outside of work, Dr. Houlton enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.