Douglas D. Backous, M.D., FACS
Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
Dr. Backous is a board-certified Neurotologist specializing in treating conditions of the ear and skull base. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University before completing his MD at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1989. He completed his internship and residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas) in 1995. He went on to complete a two-year basic science research post-doctoral program followed by a clinical fellowship in Neurotology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1997. He and his family moved back to Seattle to pursue his career closer to family and to give back to the community that provided him the opportunity to become a doctor.
For more than 22 years in the Northwest, Dr. Backous has provided leading-edge treatments for patients with hearing loss, deafness, chronic ear infections, cholesteatoma acoustic neuromas and facial nerve disorders. His professional passion is ensuring access to care for patients who choose to hear with cochlear implants, brainstem implants, osseointegrated devices (Baha and Ponto) and other hearing devices. He treats adults and children.
Dr. Backous is currently the Boards of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is a Director and Treasurer for Proliance Surgeons. He is past Chairman of the Board at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington 2011-19). He and his wife, Julie are alumni of SPU. They have three adult children.
His medical research interests focus on implantable hearing device program efficiency for improved patient access and program viability. He continues to work with higher education to improve the value and quality of education offered to students coming from diverse backgrounds. He is also the program director for the Puget Sound Advanced Otology Fellowship at Puget Sound ENT.
Dr. Backous joined Puget Sound ENT in Edmonds, Washington in 2017. He performs surgery at the Proliance Center for Specialty Surgery, Swedish Cherry Hill and First Hill and at Swedish Edmonds. He also sees patients in clinic at ENT and Allergy Associates (Provide link here) and performs outpatient surgery at the Hillside Surgery Center in Puyallup, Washington to provide local access to high otology care.
- Member, American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Member, American Neurotology Society
- Member, American Otological Society
- Member, American Triological Society
- Americas Best Doctors (2010-21)
- The Atlantic: “Instagram in the OR: Hearing Restoration Surgery Live-Tweeted” (October 2012)
- com: “15 Everyday Sounds and How They Affect Your Hearing” (April 2014)
- Huffington Post: “This Will Make You Never, Ever Want To Clean Your Ears Again” (July 2014)
- Bustle: “Are Q-Tips Bad For Your Ears? You Should Probably Stop Trying to Clean Your Ears At Home” (November 2015)
- Huffington Post: “Quit Putting Q-Tips in Your Ears, Says New Study” (May 2017)