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ALBERT L. MERATI, MD

Professor
Chief of Laryngology Service, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Department
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Specialties
Laryngology, Bronchoesophagology

Site(s) of Practice, Maps, and Directions
University of Washington Medical Center

Area(s) of Expertise
Care of the Professional Voice
Swallowing dysfunction
Airway diseases
Vocal fold paralysis
Airway Stenosis

Education
MD--University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1991

Postgraduate Training
Fellowship--Vanderbilt Voice Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1998
Internship--General Surgery, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, California, 1992
Residency--Otolaryngology, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, California, 1997

Board Certifications
American Board of Otolaryngology, 1998

Licensure
State of Washington, 2007

Professional Activities and Special Honors
Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2008
Award,
Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Washington School of Medicine
James Haviland Award
, University of Washington School of Medicine ("The James W. Haviland Award for clinical excellence is presented to that graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding clinical competence and who holds unusual promise as a leader of medicine in the future.")
Housestaff Teaching Award (Honorable Mention), University of California at San Diego School of Medicine
Housestaff Teaching Award, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine
Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine
“Golden Flea” Award (most outstanding surgical consultant), Department of Medicine, University of California at San Diego
"Top Doc" Honorable Mention, Kansas University Medical Center
"Top Doc" Award, Kansas University Medical Center
Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Outstanding Service Award, Wisconsin State Speech and Hearing Association

Local and National Leadership
President and Co-Founder, Northwest Chapter of the Voice Foundation (NWCVF)
Chair
, Neurolaryngology Subcommittee, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck
President , Milwaukee Society of Head and Neck Surgery and Medicine
President, Wisconsin Society of Otolaryngology

Teaching
Faculty, Laryngology Rotation, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residents
Faculty, UW Fellowship in Laryngology
Faculty, UW College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences SPHSC 600 Independent Study in Laryngology for Speech Language Pathologists

Most Significant Journal Articles and Abstracts
Books:

Articles:

Recent Presentations

  • Merati AL, Braun N, Keppel K, Kerschner JE.: "Pediatric Voice-Related Quality of Life in healthy controls and common laryngeal disorders." Accepted for oral presentation, American Broncho-Esophagological Association, April 2007.
  • Davis M, Merati A, Jaradeh S, Blumin J.: "Myosin heavy chain composition and fiber size of the cricopharyngeus muscle in achalasia patients and normals." Submitted to Middle Section, Triological Society, February 2007.
  • Johnston N, Merati AL, Blumin JH et al: "Pepsin uptake in laryngeal epithelial cells is receptor mediated." Submitted to the American Laryngological Association, October 2006.

Practice Priorities
Patients: "The “secret” to caring for the patient is caring about the patient."

Specialty: "Laryngology is, in many ways, the most human of fields; it deals with breathing and eating and talking, it is often beautiful and humbling at the same time, and it invites innovation in concert with the fundamentals of expert practice. It is a joy and a challenge every day.”

Research Support
Three major areas of research interest: vocal fold paralysis, reflux affecting the larynx, and airway stenosis.

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