Derek J. Lam, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Surgical Director, Doernbecher Aerodigestive Clinic
  • Surgical Director, Upper Airway Stimulation Program


Derek J. Lam MD, MPH joined the faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University in 2012. He completed his medical school, residency, and Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is the Surgical Director of the Doernbecher Aerodigestive Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic managing complex aerodigestive disorders in children.


Dr. Lam is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the International Surgical Sleep Society, the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, and is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is actively involved in administrative and academic committees at the institutional and national levels and is a peer reviewer for multiple national and international journals.


Dr. Lam is a clinician-scientist with an active research program in the diagnosis and surgical management of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, supported by a K23 grant through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Besides pediatric sleep apnea, his clinical interests include dysphagia management, airway reconstruction, and surgical management of adult obstructive sleep apnea, including upper airway stimulation.

Education and training

    • B.A., 1998, Cornell University
    • M.D., 2003, University of Washington School of Medicine
    • M.P.H., 2006, University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Internship

    • General Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle WA, 2003
  • Residency

    • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle WA, 2010
  • Fellowship

    • Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 2012
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Otolaryngology, 2011-2021

Memberships and associations:

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • International Surgical Sleep Society
  • European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons
  • Aerodigestive Society


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy Findings in Children With Obstructive Sleep Apnea With vs Without Obesity or Down Syndrome. Hyzer JM, Milczuk HA, Macarthur CJ, King EF, Quintanilla-Dieck L, Lam DJ.JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Dec 3:e204548. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2020.4548. Online ahead of print.PMID: 33270102.
  • Banik GL, Empey RM, Lam DJ. Impact of AAO-HNS Guideline on Obtaining Polysomnography Prior to Tonsillectomy for Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Nov;163(5):1038-1043. doi: 10.1177/0194599820926456. Epub 2020 May 19. PubMed PMID: 32427548; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7609601.
  • Lam DJ, Krane NA, Mitchell RB. Relationship between Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy Findings, Tonsil Size, and Polysomnographic Outcomes of Adenotonsillectomy in Children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Sep;161(3):507-513. doi: 10.1177/0194599819860777. Epub 2019 Jul 23. PubMed PMID: 31331227; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6785020.
  • Lam DJ, Weaver EM, Macarthur CJ, Milczuk HA, O'Neill E, Smith TL, Nguyen T, Shea SA. Assessment of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea using a drug-induced sleep endoscopy rating scale.Laryngoscope. 2016 Jun;126(6):1492-8. doi: 10.1002/lary.25842. Epub 2016 Jan 17. PubMed PMID: 26775080.


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