Aye Ralph Williams

Ralph Williams Aye, MD


Specialties
  • Thoracic surgery
  • General Surgery
Accepting New Patients
1101 Madison St.
Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104
206-215-6800
206-215-6801
751 NE Blakely Drive
Suite 4543
Issaquah, WA 98029
206-215-6800
206-215-6801
1982788600

General Information


Biography
I offer compassionate, effective and appropriate care. I cure when possible -- listen and comfort always.
Specialties
  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
Education Background
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: New York University; Swedish Medical Center, WA
Fellowship: Frenchay Hospital, United Kingdom, Thoracic Surgery
Fellowship: Howard S. Wright Fellow, Washington, Thoraco-Esophageal Surgery
Languages
  • English
Personal Interests
Family; music - voice and guitar, jazz, classical; the outdoors; sailing

Publications

Blog

Patient Story: Anti-Reflux Surgery Cures 30 Years of GERD Symptoms

May 11, 2015

"I began experiencing heartburn symptoms in my mid-thirties and was in my forties when I first had GERD issues.  My symptoms were aggravated greatly with menopause and grew progressively worse as the years went along.  By the time I was 55 my reflux was something I dealt with when eating and drinking late at night.  If I went to a party and ate rich foods in the evening, I often woke up a few hours after falling asleep with acid shooting up from my stomach and getting trapped in my throat..."

Surgical treatment options for GERD

July 05, 2013

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common disorder of the upper gastrointestinal track.  It's estimated that up to 40% of Americans take some form of anti-acid medication at least once a month, making it one of the most commonly used types of medication in the world. 

Heartburn is simply a burning sensation behind the breast bone, and is not necessarily from GERD.  It can be caused by a variety of other disorders, including heart disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and disorders of other parts of the gastrointestinal track, including the stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, liver, or intestine A simple way to differentiate GERD from heartburn is to take antacids or over the counter acid suppressants.  There are two classes of acid suppressants: H2 blockers like ranitidine/zantac; and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like prilosec/omeprazole.  If the symptom partially or completely responds, it is likely caused by stomach acid, particularly

Lung Cancer Screening

November 21, 2011

We screen for breast cancer with mammography, colon cancer with colonoscopy, and prostate cancer with blood tests and exams – why not lung cancer?

If you’re a smoker or a former smoker, or even if you’ve had significant second-hand smoke exposure, you’ve probably worried about your chances of getting lung cancer, and whether there is anything you can do about it. Perhaps you even asked your doctor about getting an x-ray; he or she may have told you that there is no proof that it helps. That’s because a national study done years ago showed no benefit from getting chest X-rays, and therefore it’s not recommended.

The studies

However, since 2000, Swedish has participated in an international study – the International Early Lung Cancer Action Project (I-ELCAP) - to see whether CT scans or CAT scans – very highly detailed X-rays – might be able to find lung cancer earlier and improve cure rates. The study was begun by a group...

Clinical Experience

Specialties
  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
Clinical Interests
  • abdominal abscess
  • abdominal adhesions
  • abdominal cancer
  • abdominal mass
  • abdominal pain
  • abrasion
  • achalasia
  • adrenalectomy
  • airway disorders
  • anomalies of diaphragm
  • appendectomy
  • appendiceal abscess
  • appendicitis
  • arteriovenous fistula
  • asbestos lung
  • atelectasis
  • axillary abscess
  • axillary cyst
  • back mass
  • barretts esophagus
  • barrx
  • benign breast lump
  • benign neoplasm of skin
  • biliary colic
  • biopsy chest wall
  • biopsy diaphragm
  • biopsy of lung
  • breast abscess
  • breast cyst
  • breast lump
  • breast surgery
  • bronchial fistula repair
  • bronchoscopy
  • cancer
  • cancer of ge junction
  • cancer of mediastinum
  • cancer surgery
  • carbuncle
  • carcinoid of stomach
  • chest wall disorder
  • chest wall tumors
  • cholecystectomy
  • cholecystitis
  • cholecystostomy
  • cholelithiasis
  • closure of diaphragmatic fistula
  • closure of external fistula of trachea
  • collapsed lung
  • contusion abdominal wall
  • contusion of chest wall
  • correction of pectus deformity
  • cryoablation
  • cystadenoma of pancreas
  • cytoreduction surgery
  • decortication of lung
  • deep thrombophlebitis
  • desmoid tumors
  • diaphragm pacemaker procedure
  • diaphragm pacing
  • diaphragmatic disorders
  • diaphragmatic hernia
  • diaphragmatic tumor
  • diastasis
  • diverticulitis
  • diverticulosis
  • duodenal fistula
  • duodenal ulcer surgery
  • ectopic calcification xyphoid
  • empyema
  • encysted hydrocele
  • endocrine surgery
  • endoscopic biopsy of trachea
  • endoscopic division of adhesions of peritoneum
  • endoscopic mucosal resection
  • endoscopy
  • enterovaginal fistula
  • epidermoid cysts
  • esophageal diverticulectomy
  • esophageal diverticulum
  • esophageal mass
  • esophageal myotomy
  • esophageal perforation
  • esophageal stenosis
  • esophageal stricture
  • esophageal ulcer
  • esophagectomy
  • excision mole
  • excision of bronchus
  • excision of lesion
  • exploratory laparotomy
  • exploratory thoracotomy
  • face stitch removal
  • fasciitis
  • feeding tube placement
  • femoral hernia
  • fiberoptic bronchoscopy
  • fine needle aspiration thyroid
  • fistula enterocutaneous
  • foreign body foot
  • foreign body in esophagus
  • foreign body trunk
  • fracture of sternum
  • frostbite
  • frostbite of ear
  • frostbite of face
  • frostbite of finger
  • frostbite of nose
  • frostbite of toes
  • fundoplication
  • ganglion cyst
  • gangrene
  • gastrectomy
  • gastric anomaly
  • gastric bypass
  • gastric ulcer surgery
  • gastric volvulus
  • gastrin secreting tumor of pancreas
  • gastroduodenal fistula
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • gastrointestinal cancer
  • gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • gastrojejunostomy
  • gastroplasty
  • glucagonoma
  • goiter
  • groin mass
  • groin pain
  • hamartoma
  • hamartoma of lung
  • head abscess
  • head cyst
  • head lump
  • head papilloma
  • hemorrhoids
  • hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
  • hernia
  • hernia epigastric
  • hernia repair
  • hiatal hernia
  • hiatal hernia repair
  • hidradenitis
  • hyperhidrosis surgery
  • ileostomy
  • incarcerated hernia
  • incision and drainage of deep pelvirectal abscess
  • incision and drainage of perianal abscess
  • incision drainage abscess
  • incisional hernia
  • inclusion cyst
  • inguinal hernia
  • injury to spleen
  • internal hernia
  • interstitial emphysema
  • intestinal artery disease
  • intestinal infarction
  • intestinal obstruction
  • intra-abdominal cancer
  • intraabdominal cyst
  • intussusception
  • inverted nipple
  • keratin cyst
  • laceration
  • laparoscopic adhesiolysis
  • laparoscopic appendectomy
  • laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • laparoscopic fundoplication
  • laparoscopic gastroenterostomy
  • laparoscopic hernia repair
  • laparoscopic jejunostomy
  • laparoscopy
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • ligation of bronchus
  • linx
  • lipoma
  • liposarcoma
  • lung abscess
  • lung cancer
  • lung cancer screening
  • lung contusion
  • lung mass
  • lung resection
  • lung volume reduction surgery
  • lymph node biopsy
  • lymphadenopathy
  • lymphangiomas
  • lysis of adhesions
  • malignant effusion
  • malignant neoplasm of esophagus
  • malignant neoplasm of main bronchus
  • mallory weiss tear
  • malrotation of bowel
  • mass on trunk
  • mechanical complication of gastrostomy
  • meckel's diverticulum
  • mediastinal abscess
  • mediastinal tumor
  • mediastinitis
  • mediastinoscopy
  • mediports
  • melanoma on ear
  • melanoma on face
  • merkel cell carcinoma
  • mesenteric cyst
  • mesenteric mass
  • mesh removal
  • mesothelioma
  • minimally invasive lung cancer surgery
  • minimally invasive pulmonary lobectomy
  • mole removal
  • muscle biopsy
  • myasthenia gravis
  • myxofibrosarcoma
  • neck papilloma
  • necrotizing fasciitis
  • necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • nevus
  • non-healing wound
  • nontraumatic hematoma of soft tissue
  • open biopsy of bronchus
  • open biopsy of lesion of mediastinum
  • open biopsy of liver
  • open biopsy of lung
  • open wound leg
  • open wound of finger
  • open wound of forearm
  • open wound of neck
  • open wound of scalp
  • open wound of shoulder
  • paracolostomy hernia
  • parastomal hernia
  • parathyroid adenoma
  • parathyroid cancer
  • parathyroid disease
  • parathyroid mass
  • parathyroidectomy
  • paronychia
  • partial splenectomy
  • pectus carinatum
  • pectus excavatum
  • pelvic abscess
  • pelvic adhesions
  • peptic ulcer surgery
  • percutaneous tracheostomy
  • perianal haematoma
  • peritoneal catheter
  • peritonitis
  • phototherapy
  • pilar cyst
  • pilonidal cyst
  • pleural cancer
  • pleural effusion
  • pleurodesis
  • pleurx catheter
  • plication of emphysematous bleb
  • pneumothorax
  • polypectomy
  • postphlebitic syndrome
  • pressure ulcer
  • pulmonary metastases
  • pyloroplasty
  • pyogenic granuloma
  • quadrantectomy
  • rectus sheath hernia
  • recurrent femoral hernia
  • recurrent hernia
  • reducible hernia
  • regional enteritis
  • repair laceration
  • repair of diaphragm
  • repair of graft-enteric fistula
  • repair of vaginoenteric fistula
  • repair tracheoesophageal fistula
  • retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • revision of tracheostomy
  • rib fracture
  • right lower quadrant pain
  • sarcoma
  • second degree burn
  • sequestrum of lung
  • skin abscess
  • small bowel biopsy
  • small bowel obstruction
  • spigelian hernia
  • spleen cancer
  • spleen pain
  • splenectomy
  • splenic anomalies
  • splenic cyst
  • splenic disease
  • splenic infection
  • splenic injury
  • splenomegaly
  • spontaneous pneumothorax
  • staging laparotomy
  • stomach cancer
  • stomach cramps
  • stomach fistula
  • stomach pain
  • stomal hernia
  • subcutaneous lipomas
  • subphrenic abscess
  • surgical staging
  • surgical treatment crohns disease
  • surgical treatment of regional enteritis
  • tension pneumothorax
  • third degree burn
  • thoracentesis
  • thoracoplasty
  • thoracoscopy
  • thoracostomy
  • thoracotomy
  • thymectomy
  • thymoma
  • thymus cancer
  • thymus disorders
  • thyroid
  • thyroid cancer
  • thyroid nodule
  • thyroid surgery
  • tobacco use cessation
  • tracheal reconstruction
  • tracheoesophageal fistula
  • tracheomalacia
  • tracheostomy
  • transmetatarsal amputation
  • umbilical hernia
  • urachal cyst
  • venous stasis disease
  • ventral hernia
  • video assisted thoracoscopic surgery
  • wound therapy

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
 

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (43 Ratings, 9 Comments)

80

12/01/2016
Rushed (my fault).
100

11/12/2016
We had very good experience with this provider.
100

11/06/2016
Dr Aye is truly dedicated to his patients and his profession.
50

10/20/2016
He was running behind and there was no eye contact- just a rush to move on.
100

10/05/2016
Dr. Aye is a kind, compassionate man, and clearly a leader in his field.
100

09/25/2016
Couldn't be better!
100

08/06/2016
Excellent concern and care from Dr. Aye during a very stressful visit. Terrific!! Thank you, Dr. Aye!
100

07/21/2016
Dr Aye is an excellent doctor. His staff is one of the best that I deal with. I owe my life and health today to the medical team that included Dr Aye, Dr [...] and their entire medical teams that cured my cancer.
100

07/12/2016
Knowledgeable and kind!
1101 Madison St.
Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104
206-215-6801
751 NE Blakely Drive
Suite 4543
Issaquah, WA 98029
206-215-6801
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