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

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  • Pediatric Otolaryngologist
  • 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


  • Surgery
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Pediatrics

Special focus

  • Otolaryngology Surgery (Pediatric)
  • Otolaryngology/ENT (Pediatric)
  • Sleep Disorders (Surgical)
  • Sleep Disorders Surgery (Pediatric)

Locations and contact

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About me

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 work-up 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.

Languages spoken

  • English

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
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Ratings and reviews

Overall: 4.6 out of 5 (131 Ratings, 42 Reviews)

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