Albert L. Merati M.D.

Albert L. Merati M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology), Surgery, Voice and Swallowing (Laryngology)


Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery




Primary Location

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Center at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, NE 300
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4022|Map It 


Dr. Merati's professional pathway has taken him from his native Pacific Northwest through California, Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri and, finally, Wisconsin, before returning home to Seattle in 2007 to take his dream job running the laryngology program at the University of Washington. He may be the only surgeon in the department who actually had his tonsils removed at UW Medical Center as a child!

Dr. Merati is first and last a clinician and has earned a reputation of clinical accessibility for patients and colleagues in the region. His three favorite people in the world are his wife Jenny, his little dude Solomon (born 2009) and their new arrival Rose (born 2013). He owes his professional career success to the foundations laid down in medical school with Charlie Cummings and Ernie Weymuller (who serves to this day as his advisor at UW), Jeff Harris at UCSD, his dear mentor, Robert Ossoff, and his beloved guardian angel and advocate Bob Toohill from Milwaukee. How lucky he has been!

Patient Care Philosophy

My feeling is that, "the secret to caring for the patient is caring about the patient," or my favorite from a professor in medical school: "if you listen to the patient, they will tell you what the problem is."

Clinical Interests

All medical and surgical aspects of office-based and operative laryngology, including complex airway, voice and swallowing. This includes vocal fold paralysis, surgery for dysphagia/aspiration (including Zenker's), and endoscopic and open surgery for airway stenosis and laryngeal cancer.

Research Interests

Most of my research has related to the better understanding the dominant clinical issues facing our patients, including diagnostic testing and treatment of vocal fold paralysis, surgical management of airway stenosis, the impact of reflux on laryngeal disorders, and tracheotomy complications.


Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1991
Univ. of Calif., San DiegoInternshipGeneral Surgery
Univ. of California, San DiegoFellowship
Univ. of California, San DiegoResidencyOtolaryngology
Vanderbilt University School of MedicineFellowshipLaryngology and Care of the Professional Voice


Board Certifications

American Board of OtolaryngologyOtolaryngology1998
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