Meet Dr. Ryan Stern

Dr. Stern and his wife

Associate Professor Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
University of Washington

Dr. Stern has been named one of Washington’s Top 10 ENT surgeons.

Dr. Stern has been treating patients in the Pacific Northwest as a board-certified head and neck surgeon for over 20 years. Dr Stern is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, serving on the surgical faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine for over 15 years. Dr. Stern has won numerous awards along the way including being named one of 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 from the University of Washington.

Dr. Stern enjoys helping all types of patients and even most challenging surgical cases. He has been teaching students for over a decade at the UW. Almost every Monday he can be found training residents and providing care to our veterans at Seattle’s VA Hospital on Beacon Hill. The rest of the week is spent in South Puget Sound at Surgical Associates NW.

Ryan met his wife, Jamie, during their first year in college at Hopkins and they were married a few years later. Their oldest daughter Ilana graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle in 2021 before starting college on the East Coast. Their son was born in 2009 , now a crazy middle schooler. Miriam the “miracle” is their youngest daughter , and 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.

Ryan Stern MD.

Hospital Affiliations

Our office is affiliated with St. Francis Hospital , MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center  and Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System-Seattle.

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5 Stars

Highly recommend Dr. Ryan Stern. I have high anxiety when visiting doctors and he put my mind at ease. He doesn’t make you feel rushed and he relates well to his patients and takes time to listen and takes appropriate action on the symptoms. He is good at building trust with his patients. had the most wonderful care for my tonsil operation. The surgery went very well and I am satisfied with the result. Also, He was attentive and clear about any further steps I could take in the future should I feel it necessary.
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This man changed my life! Dr. Stern informed me as to what he believed my best options were, what the percentage of success for each were 10 and we came to decision from there. I said “we” because he made sure to educate me enough so that I was confident in the decisions made. My only regret is he did such a good job that I don’t have reason to go see him anymore. Awesome doctor, beautiful person, and what’s becoming a rarity in the medical field, he cares. If you need an ENT and don’t go see Dr. Stern you’re denying yourself the best possible outcome.
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Had a great experience with Dr. Stern. He told me what was going to happen and then performed the surgery. I am impressed with the thoroughness of his explanation and then the surgery itself. I had struggled with this problem on and off for about 3 years and do not struggle anymore. Thank you.


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