Douglas D. Backous, MD For an appointment call: (425) 775-6651


  • Ear, Nose & Throat


  • Neurotology

Care Center:

Puget Sound Ear, Nose & Throat

Clinic Locations:

  • Edmonds
  • Puyallup
  • Swedish Mill Creek


Douglas Backous, MD, is a board-certified neurotologist specializing in treating conditions of the ear and skull base. For more than 22 years, 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, Baha and other hearing devices. He treats adults and children. Dr. Backous is currently the Board Chair at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He has served on the SPU board since 2011. Both Doug (’84) and his wife, Julie (’86), 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. His interests in working with higher education is to improve the value and quality of education offered to students coming from diverse backgrounds. He is also the program director for the Seattle Advanced Otology Fellowship at Puget Sound ENT.

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Education & Fellowship

MD, University of Washington School of Medicine

Otolaryngology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Neurotology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Board certification
American Board of Otolaryngology

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Member, American Neurotology Society
Member, American Otological Society

Surgical Facilities

Edmonds Center for Outpatient Surgery
Swedish Medical Center