Meet Dr. Ryan Stern

Board Certified Otolaryngologist in Federal Way, WA

Ryan Stern MD

Dr. Stern has cared for patients in the Pacific Northwest for almost two decades.  He has served on surgical faculty at the University of Washington for over 10 years.  He has won numerous awards along the way including being named one of a Washington’s Top 10 ENT Surgeons and now 5-year running Patients Choice Award.  He has been a proud partner at Surgical Associates NW since 2007. Dr. Stern grew up in Santa Rosa, California.  He earned his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University with honors.  Ryan received his medical degree with honors from the New York University School of Medicine after having been awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Medical Research Fellowship which he completed at the University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine. Ryan completed his Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgical residency at the University of Washington. He also earned his Master of Public Health degree with honors at from the University of Washington.

Dr. Stern is board certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.  Dr. Stern is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington. He has served on the surgical faculty of the UW since 2007. Almost every Monday he can be found training residents and providing care to our veterans at Seattle’s VA Hospital on Beacon Hill.

Ryan met his wife, Jamie, during their first year in college and they were married a few years later. Their oldest daughter, now at Garfield High School, was born in 2003.  Their son was born in 2009, and their youngest daughter was born in 2016. When he is not working, teaching, or chasing his children, Dr. Stern can usually be found shredding the ski slopes, playing softball, squeezing in some poker games, or catching up on major league baseball.

5 Stars

5 Reviews | Average Rating: 5

5 Stars

I have a loss for words in describing how great of a doctor and person Ryan Stern is. I do not care much for doctors in general, but Ryan definitely is very genuine and shows he cares greatly for his patients. I can breath again because of him and only wish I had found him 4 years prior to the previous ENTs I had to see.
5 Stars

Great experience would totally recommend!

5 Stars

Awesome surgeon, kind guy




COVID-19 Updates

Dr. Stern and his staff are closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

We are here for all of our patients needing ENT care and will take all precautions to protect our patients and staff. Though our hours in office are limited, we will be available as needed and will screen all staff and patients.

Our ultimate goal is to serve our community during this time, so for efficiency, the easiest way to reach us right now is by using our secure online appointment request form. You can also call and ask to speak with Dr. Stern’s assistant Rebecca at (206) 910-4641 to schedule any new appointments, or you can request Dr. Stern directly if the need is urgent. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control