Sleep Apnea Research Group

  Edward M Weaver, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Sleep Surgery Director - UW Sleep Disorders Center

Contact Information

Veterans Affairs Medical Center(112-OTO) Center for Cost and Outcomes Research
1660 South Columbian Way Box #359736
Seattle, WA 98108 325 Ninth Avenue
Office: 206-764-2424, Fax: 206-764-2063 Seattle, WA 98104
Office: 206-744-1808, Fax: 206-744-9889


Dr. Weaver attended college at the University of Oregon and medical school at Yale University, where he also completed residency in Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery. He then completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and a Masters degree in health services research at the University of Washington. He joined the full-time faculty in 2000, focusing his clinical efforts on the surgical care of sleep disordered breathing (snoring and sleep apnea) at the UW Sleep Disorders Center at Harborview Medical Center. He also practices general otolaryngology at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System at American Lake and Seattle. Dr. Weaver studies treatment outcomes and health services in otolaryngology, with a special interest in sleep apnea, as an investigator in the UW Center for Cost & Outcomes Research.

Manuscripts in Refereed Journals
  1. Weaver EM and Sasaki CT, "Acute Epistaxis: step-by-step guide to effective examination and control." Consultant 35(6): 852-861, June 1995.

  2. Horky JK, Chaloupka JC, Putman CM, Roth TC, Weaver EM, and Sasaki CT, "True malignant mixed tumor (carcinosarcoma) of tonsillar minor salivary gland origin: diagnostic imaging and endovascular therapeutic embolization." Am J Neuroradiology 18(10):1944-8, November 1997.

  3. Sasaki CT and Weaver EM, "Physiology of the Larynx." Am J Medicine 103(5A):9S-18S, November 1997.

  4. Roth TC, Chaloupka JC, Putman CM, Weaver EM, Tarro J, Wecht DA, and Sasaki CT, "Percutaneous direct puncture acrylic embolization of a pseudoaneurysm after failed carotid stenting for the treatment of acute carotid blowout." Am J Neuroradiology 19(5):912-6, May 1998.

  5. Yueh B, Feinstein AR, Weaver EM, Sasaki CT, and Concato JP, "Prognostic staging system for recurrent, persistent, and secondary primary cancers of the oral cavity and oropharynx." Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 124(9):975-81, September 1998.

  6. Weaver EM, Chaloupka JC, Putman CM, Roth TC, Horky JK, and Sasaki CT, "Effect of internal maxillary arterial occlusion on nasal blood flow in swine." Laryngoscope 109(1):8-14, January 1999.

  7. Weaver EM, Czibulka A, and Sasaki CT, "Acute epistaxis: a step-by-step guide to controlling hemorrhage." Consultant 39(3): 901-16, March 1999

  8. Weaver EM, "Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: when to suspect, how to help." Consultant 41(3): 397-409, March 2001.

  9. Powell NB, Zonato AI, Weaver EM, Li K, Troell R, Riley RW, Guilleminault C, "Radiofrequency treatment of turbinate hypertrophy in subjects using continuous positive airway pressure: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical pilot trial." Laryngoscope 111(10):1783-90, October 2001.

  10. Yueh B, Weaver EM, Bradley EH, Krumholz HM, Heagerty P, Conley A, Sasaki CT, "A critical evaluation of critical pathways in head and neck cancer." Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 129(1):89-95, January 2003.

  11. Woodson BT, Steward DL, Weaver EM, Javaheri S, "A randomized trial of temperature-controlled radiofrequency, continuous positive airway pressure, and placebo for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome." Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 128(6):848-61, June 2003.

  12. Riley RW, Powell NB, Li KK, Weaver EM, Guilleminault C. "An alternative method of radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction of the tongue for OSAS." Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 129(1):37-42, July 2003.

  13. Weaver EM. "Association between gastroesophageal reflux and sinusitis, otitis media, and laryngeal malignancy: A systematic review of the evidence." Am J Medicine 115(3A):81S-89S, August 2003.

  14. Weaver EM, "Some challenges of observational research." Head & Neck 25(10):839-40, October 2003 (editorial).

  15. Stewart MG, Witsell DL, Smith TL, Weaver EM, Yueh B, Hannley MT, "Development and validation of the Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) Scale." Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 130(2):157-63, February 2004.

  16. Kezirian EJ, Weaver EM, Yueh B, Deyo RA, Khuri SF, Daley J, Henderson W, "Incidence of serious complications after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty." Laryngoscope 114:450-3, March 2004.

  17. Stewart MG, Smith TL, Weaver EM, Witsell DL, Yueh B, Hannley MT, Johnson JT, "Outcomes after nasal septoplasty: results from the Nasal Obstruction Septoplasty Effectiveness (NOSE) study." Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 130(3): 283-90, March 2004.

  18. Weaver EM, Kapur VK, Yueh B, "Polysomnography versus self-reported measures in sleep apnea patients." Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 130(4):453-8, April 2004.

  19. Steward DL, Weaver EM, Woodson BT, "A comparison of radiofrequency treatment schemes for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome." Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 130(5):579-85, May 2004.

  20. Weaver EM, Maynard C, Yueh B, "Survival of veterans with sleep apnea: CPAP versus surgery." Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 130(6):659-665, June 2004. Erratum: Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 131(1):144, July 2004.

  21. Weaver EM, Woodson BT, Steward DL, "Polysomnography indexes are discordant with quality of life, symptoms, and reaction times in sleep apnea patients." Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 132(2):255-62, February 2005.

  22. Steward DL, Weaver EM, Woodson BT, "Multilevel temperature-controlled radiofrequency for obstructive sleep apnea: extended follow-up." Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 132(5):630-5, April 2005.

  23. Lam DJ, James KT, Weaver EM, “Comparison of anatomic, physiologic, and subjective measures of the nasal airway.” Am J Rhinology (in press).

  24. Kezirian EJ, Weaver EM, Yueh B, Khuri SF, Daley J, Henderson WG, "Risk factors for serious complications after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty." Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery (in press).

Book Chapters
  1. Yanagisawa E and Weaver EM, "Chapter 8. Endoscopy of the oropharynx (videopharyngoscopy)." In: Yanagisawa E, Color Atlas of Diagnostic Endoscopy in Otorhinolaryngology. New York: Igaku-Shoin, 1997: 102-113.

  2. Yanagisawa E, Yanagisawa K, and Weaver EM, "Chapter 10. Stroboscopy of the larynx (stroboscopic videolaryngoscopy, strobovideolaryngoscopy)." In: Yanagisawa E, Color Atlas of Diagnostic Endoscopy in Otorhinolaryngology. New York: Igaku-Shoin, 1997: 145-157.

  3. Yanagisawa E and Weaver EM, "Chapter (24). Videolaryngoscopy: equipment and documentation." In: Blitzer A, Pillsbury HC, Jahn AF, Binder WJ, eds. Office-Based Surgery in Otolaryngology. New York: Thieme, 1998: 149-158.

  4. DePaso WJ and Weaver EM, “Chapter 6. Treating sleep apnea: continuous positive airway pressure, surgery, and dental appliances.” In: Watson NF & Vaughn BV, eds. Clinician’s Guide to Sleep Disorders. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2006: 169-208.

  5. Kezirian EJ and Weaver EM, “Chapter 54. Obstructive sleep apnea epidemiology and patient-centered measures.” In: Calhoun K, Eibling D, Wax M, eds. Geriatric Otolaryngology (in press).

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