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Henry C. Ou, MD

Henry C. Ou, MD


On staff since August 2004

Children's Title: Attending and Surgeon, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research


MarlonSilverdale, WA07.16.13
Our daughter underwent two separate cochlear implant surgery performed by Dr. Henry Ou. We are so pleased with the professionalism, friendliness and sincerity of the entire otolaryncology staff, particularly with Dr. Ou. From pre-surgery preparations to post-surgery follow-ups, he has been so thorough and involved - made us feel he is a family member. He truly earned our trust, respect and full recommendation. Thank you Doctor Ou and the entire staff of the otolaryncology department.
LouiseWoodinville, WA10.01.12
My son has been a patient of Dr. Ou's for years. Dr. Ou has gone above and beyond time and time again to find the the right treatment plan for rmy son whether it involved surgery, or just ear drops. He always tries to balance the need for intervention with my sons needs. He takes great care when he does need to perform surgery, and he has a great combination of bed side manner and surgical skill. He completely cured my sons left ear and has really stuck with him trying to solve the recurrent problems with his right ear. For my profoundly autistic son, all of this has been incredibly important. My son *loves* him, and my son doesn't connect with most people he comes into contact with. I highly recommend Dr. Ou, and we see many excellent doctors from many specialties. So it is as an informed patient that i say : "Dr. Ou is outstanding!"
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Board Certification(s)
Medical/Professional School
Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis
Otolaryngology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Pediatric Otolaryngology, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle
Clinical Interests

Head and neck masses, craniofacial abnormalities and hearing loss Research Interest: Hearing

Research Description

While practicing all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology, his primary research interests are hearing loss and cochlear implantation. Dr. Ou currently divides his time between his NIH/NIDCD K08 research award on ototoxicity and hair cell protection in the inner ear at the University of Washington and his clinic practice at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
William Potsic Basic Science Reseach Award, 1st Prize, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (Mentor of Resident: Lynn Chiu)
University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology Research Faculty Mentor Award 2008
University of Washington School of Medicine, Marian E. Smith Junior Faculty Research Award 2007


Quinoline ring derivatives protect against aminoglycoside-induced hair cell death in the zebrafish lateral line.
Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO , 2012 Dec: 13(6)759-70
Screening for chemicals that affect hair cell death and survival in the zebrafish lateral line.
Hearing research , 2012 Jun: 288(1-2)58-66
Hair cell toxicity in anti-cancer drugs: evaluating an anti-cancer drug library for independent and synergistic toxic effects on hair cells using the zebrafish lateral line.
Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO , 2011 Dec: 12(6)719-28
Assessing the immunization status of pediatric cochlear implant recipients using a state-maintained immunization registry.
Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery , 2010 Oct: 143(4)487-91
Drug screening for hearing loss: using the zebrafish lateral line to screen for drugs that prevent and cause hearing loss.
Drug discovery today , 2010 Apr: 265-71
Identification of FDA-approved drugs and bioactives that protect hair cells in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) lateral line and mouse (Mus musculus) utricle.
Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO , 2009 Jun: 191-203
Polymerase chain reaction for pathogen identification in persistent pediatric cervical lymphadenitis.
Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2009 Mar: 243-8
Using the zebrafish lateral line to screen for ototoxicity.
Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO , 2008 Jun: 178-90
Cisplatin-induced hair cell loss in zebrafish (Danio rerio) lateral line.
Hearing research , 2007 Nov: 46-53

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
Capita Foundation Hearing Research Grant 2010 - 2011
1K08DC009631 National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD) 2009 - 2014

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OA.9.220 - Otolaryngology-ENT
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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