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

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Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (119 Ratings, 37 Comments)


  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

Special focus on

  • Otolaryngology Surgery (Pediatric)
  • Otolaryngology/ENT (Pediatric)


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


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.

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  • English

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

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (119 Ratings, 37 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 14, 2019

    Dr. Lamm and nursing staff were all great. What was not good was the nearly four hour wait with little to no proactive update activity. It is understandable that critical issues in your field can cause delays. It is not, however, understandable that proactive communication and updates are not provided. I think there is room for improvement in this. Thank you.

  • Dec 13, 2019

    Everybody was very professional today, and I liked Dr. Lam very much. Excellent doctor and I would refer anybody to Dr. Lam.

  • Oct 24, 2019

    I felt like he was professional and answered all questions and answered questions to my son and made him feel comfortable.

  • Oct 17, 2019

    Dr Lam and staff thoroughly explained the procedure and my options. Could not have had a better visit.

  • Sep 19, 2019

    Everyone there was positive and let me know what was going to happen. I was comfortable throughout and the anesthesia experience was a positive one. I didn't know before I went "under" and woke up with little feeling of being medicated. Very professional!

  • Sep 19, 2019

    I have visited Dr. Lam and his staff twice. He and your facility staff have been exceptional.1. After arriving, we were professionally greeted, the procedure was quick and easy.2. The wait to be seen was very short3. Your facility is exceptionally clean4. Dr. Lam's staff was professional, kind, understanding and efficient.5. Dr. Lam was most impressive: professional, knowledgeable, understanding, willing to listen, provided full and complete replies to my concerns. Probably one of the best medical professionals we have met, and we have over the years met and been provided service by some of the nation's top surgeons.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Doctor Lam is very thorough and provides clear detailed explanations about the surgery

  • Aug 29, 2019

    I think Dr. Lam was very thorough. Very professional very nice guy explain things great everybody that i dealt with from my first nurse on it was really good experience. I really liked it up there, and I felt very comfortable. Thank you.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    I was very, very, satisfied with the procedure that was done with Dr. Lam. He's a wonderful doctor. I would I would not hesitate to recommend him to any friend of mine, and I'm looking forward to the full operation hopefully in the next month or so. Other than that, I'm completely satisfied. Thank you very much.

  • Jul 25, 2019


  • Jul 18, 2019

    He took great care of my son during surgery. He was very fast, which helped limit the amount of time my son was under anesthesia.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Dr Lam was seemed caring and made us feel welcome at the clinic. He was thorough and made sure I understood all parts of this process for our child.

  • Jun 18, 2019

    Dr. Lam was thorough in his care from the first consult to the end of the procedure. He really made me feel like my daughter was in great care and he showed me she really was. I’m hopeful this procedure will improve my daughters condition and am truly, super appreciative in Dr. Lams role in making this possible.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Wonderful care. Dr Lam explained everything thing again as he had done in the pre-op. Nurses and caregivers were very personable.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Very good service

  • Apr 11, 2019

    He seemed very friendly and knowledgeable but he kept trying to get out of the room and I still had questions - he didn’t really go into detail as far as my son getting tubes it just seemed like he had somewhere else to be. The person helping us for our audiogram was wonderful very professional and great and patient with my son and did a great job of explaining each step. Dr. Lam seemed great but breezed through the appointment in a hurry. I understand that they were busy but it was a tad frustrating.

  • Mar 27, 2019

    Very professional. We are confident in this provider.

  • Feb 01, 2019

    Very responsive to my child's needs.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    Dr. Lam is an excellent provider. He's taken care of both my kids and I have no complaints.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Dr Lam was articulate, answered our questions and remained on each conversation until we were comfortable.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    He was patient and thorough, but efficient and professional. He answered all our questions and put all our concerns at ease. We will absolutely be recommending him to others.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Very kind and easy to talk to

  • Dec 24, 2018


  • Dec 22, 2018

    Every single person involved in my care was efficient and friendly.

  • Dec 22, 2018

    courteous and professional

  • Dec 21, 2018

    He is very caring and really easy to talk too..

  • Nov 30, 2018

    everything went very smoothly, lots of great communication

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Dr. Lam did both my kids' tonsils on the 27th and was absolutely fantastic, we are so thankful for the experience, and we - could not - it could not have been better and more smooth.

  • Nov 28, 2018

    I feel like the provider listened to my concerns and answered my questions

  • Nov 25, 2018

    They're real friendly, did a great job.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    Was very pleased with provider. Information regarding further urgent medical treatments and scheduling more appointments quickly impressed me.

  • Nov 14, 2018

    He is kind, compassionate and understanding...he remembers patient details and always takes his time to review all options and scenarios.

  • Nov 10, 2018

    Dr. Lam is a very conscientious and thorough physician who takes the time to explain everything thoroughly and answer all your questions.

  • Oct 28, 2018

    Everyone was great. Took great care of me and they all seemed to care about me and my recover. Thank You All

  • Oct 05, 2018

    Dr. Lam was able tonreview the procedure and provide us with detailed understanding of what was ging to hapen and what hapened. Along with what to expect over the next few days and follow up expectations.

  • Aug 14, 2018

    Very good doctor. I like to go, he treats me well, very good, very good communication.

  • Aug 08, 2018

    Scheduling with the ENT Dept. and Surgery has been an issue but hopefully resolved now. Dr. Lam is awesome and we are very comfortable with his care for our child.