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Namou Kim, MD

Languages: English, French, Korean
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Kim is a 2017 Seattle Met Top Doctor Award winner.
Field of Study
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Medical School
Case Western Reserve University
Medical School
Case Western Reserve University
Mayo Clinic
Head & Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Surgery
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology/Otorhinolaryngology
Clinical Interests
  • acinic cell cancer
  • acoustic nerve injury
  • adenoidcystic carcinoma
  • adenoiditis
  • adenoids
  • adrenal neoplasm
  • allergic rhinitis
  • anosmia
  • appendix cancer
  • artecoll
  • blepharoptosis
  • botox injection
  • branchial cleft cyst
  • breast biopsy
  • breast cancer
  • breast cancer genetics
  • breast reconstruction
  • breast reduction
  • browlift
  • caloric reflex testing
  • cancer of ge junction
  • cancer of pancreas
  • cancer of skin
  • cancer surgery
  • carcinoid of stomach
  • carcinoma in situ of breast
  • cervicoplasty
  • cheek bone fractures
  • cheek implant
  • cheek problems
  • chin lift
  • chronic cough
  • chronic tonsillitis
  • cleft lip
  • cleft lip repair
  • cleft palate
  • cleft palate repair
  • cochlear nerve damage
  • collagen injection
  • compromised skin grafts
  • compromised tissue flaps
  • cosmetic facial surgery
  • cranial flap
  • cryoablation
  • cystadenoma of pancreas
  • cytoreduction surgery
  • dermabrasion
  • developmental and congenital hand deformities
  • deviated septum
  • diep
  • difficulty speaking
  • distortion of the face
  • double chin
  • dry nose
  • dry sinus
  • dysphagia
  • dysphonia
  • ear canal lesion
  • ear cancer
  • ear keloids
  • ear melanoma
  • ear plastic surgery
  • earlobe repair
  • electrolysis
  • enlarged adenoids
  • epistaxis
  • esophageal diverticulum
  • excess skin of eyelid
  • excessive drooling
  • excessive salivation
  • eye socket fractures
  • face cancer
  • face melanoma
  • face stitch removal
  • face swelling
  • facial cyst
  • facial nerve injury
  • facial veins
  • fissured tongue
  • flap surgery
  • foreign body in nose
  • foreign body in throat
  • free flap head
  • free flap neck
  • free tissue transfer flap
  • frostbite
  • frostbite of ear
  • frostbite of face
  • frostbite of nose
  • frostbite of toes
  • frown lines
  • gastrectomy
  • gastrin secreting tumor of pancreas
  • gastrointestinal cancer
  • gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • genioplasty
  • glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • goldenhar syndrome
  • growth on head
  • growth on neck
  • hair removal
  • hairy tongue
  • halitosis
  • head abscess
  • head and neck cancer care
  • head and neck melanoma
  • head and neck sarcoma
  • head cyst
  • head deformities
  • head lump
  • head mass
  • hickman catheter
  • hoarseness
  • hypoglossal nerve disease
  • hypoglossal nerve injury
  • idiopathic orbital inflammatory disease
  • inflammation of the eyelid
  • intra-abdominal cancer
  • jaw cancer
  • jaw deformities
  • jaw fracture
  • jaw surgery
  • juvederm
  • laryngeal cancer
  • laryngeal papillomatosis
  • laryngeal polyps
  • laryngitis
  • laryngomalacia
  • lefort fracture
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • liposarcoma
  • ludwig's angina
  • lump in throat
  • lymphedema
  • malignant melanoma
  • malignant melanoma of eyelid
  • malignant neoplasm of lip
  • malignant neoplasm of tonsils
  • mammoplasty
  • mandibular resection prosthesis
  • mandibular tori
  • mastectomy
  • mastoplasty
  • maxillofacial pathology
  • maxillofacial regeneration
  • melanoma
  • melanoma on ear
  • melanoma on face
  • metastatic melanoma
  • microdermabrasion
  • microtia
  • microvascular surgery
  • midfacial hypoplasia
  • mouth abscess
  • mouth bleeding
  • mouth breathing
  • mouth cancer
  • mouth cyst
  • mouth pain
  • mouth ulcer
  • musculocutaneous flap
  • myxofibrosarcoma
  • nasal congestion
  • nasal drainage
  • nasal polyps
  • nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
  • nasopharyngeal cancer
  • neck abscess
  • neck cancer
  • neck cyst
  • neck lift
  • neck lymph nodes
  • neck mass
  • neck plastic surgery
  • neck reconstruction
  • neoplasm of salivary gland
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • noisy breathing
  • nose abscess
  • nose cyst
  • nose fracture
  • nose pain
  • nystagmus
  • olfactory nerve disease
  • oral inflammation
  • oral pathology
  • oropharyngeal cancer
  • orthognathic surgery
  • osteoma
  • osteonecrosis of the jaw
  • otitis
  • pancreatectomy
  • paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer
  • paranasal surgery
  • parathyroid adenoma
  • parathyroid cancer
  • pelvic mass
  • pharyngitis
  • polyp of cheek
  • port wine
  • post nasal drip
  • postmastectomy lymphedema syndrome
  • pseudomyxoma peritonei
  • reconstruction of ear
  • reconstruction of nose
  • reconstruction orbit
  • reconstructive plastic surgery
  • rectus flap reconstruction
  • release scar contracture
  • remove sinus packing
  • restylane
  • retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • revision of tracheostomy
  • rhinitis
  • rhinoplasty
  • rhinoscleroma
  • robotic oral surgery
  • salivary duct
  • salivary gland disorders
  • sarcoma
  • scar revision
  • scratchy voice
  • senile ectropion
  • senile entropion
  • septum problem
  • sialolithiasis
  • sinus cancer
  • sinus fracture
  • sinus mass
  • sinusitis
  • skin fillers
  • small bowel cancer
  • smell disorders
  • snoring
  • sore throat
  • speech disorders
  • spots on mouth
  • spots on tongue
  • squamous cell carcinoma of skin of lip
  • staging laparotomy
  • stomach cancer
  • strep throat
  • stridor
  • stromal tumor of intestine
  • stylohyoid syndrome
  • subglottic stenosis
  • suppurative tonsillitis
  • surgical staging
  • swallowing problem
  • swollen parotid
  • swollen throat
  • temporal bone cancer
  • temporomandibular joint surgery
  • throat abscess
  • throat cancer
  • throat drainage
  • throat mass
  • throat tightness
  • thyroglossal duct disorders
  • thyroid
  • thyroid cancer
  • thyroid nodule
  • thyroid surgery
  • tinnitus
  • tongue cancer
  • tongue clip
  • tongue mass
  • tongue pain
  • tongue sores
  • tongue tied
  • tonsillitis
  • tonsils
  • toxic nodular goiter
  • tracheal dilatation
  • tracheal mass
  • tracheal reconstruction
  • tracheal stent
  • tracheostomy
  • tumor of nose
  • tumor of parotid gland
  • turbinectomy
  • uvuloplasty
  • velopharyngeal deficiencies
  • vermilionectomy
  • vocal cord abnormalities
  • vocal cord dysfunction
  • vocal cord lesion
  • vocal cord paralysis
  • vocal cord strain
  • voice problems
  • voice screening
  • xerostomia
Namou Kim
Namou Kim, M.D.
Blog Posts
By: Namou Kim, MD
Friday, March 31, 2017

Heavy alcohol consumption plays a synergistic role with heavy tobacco consumption in the development of head and neck squamous cell cancers, commonly known as cancer of the mouth, nose or throat. But the intense stigma associated with heavy drinking can lead patients to hide information when transparency is needed the most.

By: Namou Kim, MD
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
There’s some good news in the treatment of head and neck squamous cell cancers: New treatments are moving us closer to directly targeting and destroying these cancers and easing the debilitating side effects that hurt some patients.

By: Namou Kim, MD
Friday, February 26, 2016

Good nutrition is crucial for any patient undergoing cancer therapy, but many head and neck cancer patients struggle to get the nutrients they need as they prepare for treatment. A large proportion of patients with head and neck cancers present to their doctors with significant weight loss. Sometimes, the weight loss is unexplained. But more often, there is a clear reason for it.

By: Namou Kim, MD
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Head and neck cancers commonly refer to malignant tumors originating in the tongue and throat region. Traditionally, those cancers were caused by long-term tobacco use and high alcohol consumption. But in the past three decades, more and more of these cancers have a new cause.

By: Namou Kim, MD
Monday, December 15, 2014
In the past decade, there has been a significant increase of “throat” cancers (tonsil and base of tongue squamous cell carcinoma) in younger patients, especially in non-smoking, Caucasian males. This type of cancer is caused by the high-risk HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and tends to have a better cancer survival than conventional tobacco-related throat cancers. This improved survival is aided by precision targeted radiation and transoral robotic surgery (DaVinci Robotic System). However, some of the side effects of these treatments can cause ...

By: Namou Kim, MD
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Patients often ask me how long they have had the cancers that they are consulting me for. This question is not intended to shift any responsibility nor accountability, but patients are genuinely trying to understand what they could have done differently. Although the treatment course would not have changed regardless, there were probably some early subtle symptoms that patients might have ignored:

By: Namou Kim, MD
Friday, December 6, 2013

Bisphosphonate use has been increasing in recent years.  This is a class of medications that is used to solidify bone mass and prevent fractures.  They fight osteoporosis, but also prevent many cancers from spreading into skeletal bones (bone metastases).  Many patients with metastatic cancers (breast, prostate, renal cell, multiple myeloma, etc.) will require these medications to counteract the devastating consequences of bone metastases.

Bisphosphonates were described as early as the 19th century, and were approved by the FDA in the 1990s for human use.  Fosamax was the first FDA approved bisphosphonate in the USA.   The medications come in an oral (pill) form and an IV version.  Other commonly prescribed bisphosphonates include:

  1. Zometa  (Zolendronate)
  2. Actonel  (Risedronate)
  3. Boniva  (Ibandronate)
  4. Aredia  (Pamidronate)

An uncommon but significant potential side effect o...

By: Namou Kim, MD
Friday, September 20, 2013

A palpable neck lump in any patient should raise some concern.  In the case of a pediatric patient, the concern may be less, since reactive and infectious nodes in the neck can be fairly common in children.  When a child has a bad episode of pharyngitis, tonsillitis (sore throat), or even a bad cold, the lymph nodes of the neck may react and become enlarged.  In that type of scenario, your doctor should prescribe appropriate antibiotics to resolve the enlarged lymph nodes and follow up to make sure that the nodes have regressed.

Very few pediatric neck masses will end up being concerning.  Besides infectious neck lymph nodes as stated above, some of the other more common causes of pediatric neck mass are congenital cysts.  However, none of the pediatric neck masses should be ignored.  A neck lump that persists for more than a few days should be looked at by a pediatrician.

In the adult population, a neck mass or lump can be much more concerning.  ...

By: Namou Kim, MD
Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cancers of the tongue, tonsil, and throat are being diagnosed at an increasing rate, even in the non-smoking population. Transoral Laser Microsurgery (TLM) and Trans Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) are some of the newest intervention available for patients with these cancers.


During my first 3 years of medical school in Cleveland, I frankly did not know anything about cancers of the mouth and throat (otherwise called "Head & Neck Cancer").  Really, I did not know you could get cancer in the tongue or tonsil!  It wasn't until the final year of medical school that I was exposed to the field of Head & Neck Surgery, that I realize the impact of these cancers on the quality of life of patients.

Those cancers are generally not featured in the media, and I would argue that most of us will live a lifetime without meet...



Oda D, Kim N, Mollen D. Diffuse and Deep Ulceration of Tongue. The Washington State Dental News 2011;8:37.

Harsha W, Kau R, Kim N, Hayden R. Comparison of Anti-Thrombotic Effects of Aspirin, Ketorolac, and Low Molecular Weight Heparin in Rats Set Up for Microvascular Failure. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2011;137:170-174.

Makowski R, Kim N. Rib and Costal Cartilage Necrosis Following Pec Major Flap Harvest. Submitted for review in Head & Neck in December 2011.

Kau R, Kim N, Patel N, Hinni M. Repair of Esophageal Perforation Due to Anterior Cervical Spine Instrumentation. Laryngoscope 2010;120(4):739-742.

Wise S, Harsha W, Kim N, Hayden R. Free Flap Survival Despite Early Loss of the Vascular Pedicle. Head Neck, n/a. doi: 10.1002/hed.21354 (e-pub ahead of publication).

Yoo M, Kim N, Houser S. Natural Draining Osteum of an Agger Nasi Cell. Ear Nose Throat J 2004;83:399-403.

Kim N, Lavertu P. Evaluation of a Thyroid Nodule. Otolaryngol Clin N Am 2003;36:17-33.


Management of Tongue Cancers. N. Kim. Oral Cancer Foundation. Seattle, WA. September 2011.

Contemporary Reconstruction of Laryngopharyngeal Defects. N. Kim. 25th Annual Madigan Head & Neck Surgery Seminar. Tacoma, WA. August 2011. Cat I CME.

Side Effects of Modern Chemoradiation in Head & Neck Cancer. N. Kim. 25th Annual Madigan Head & Neck Surgery Seminar. Tacoma, WA. August 2011. Cat I CME.

Management of Osteoradionecrosis. N. Kim. Pacific Northwest Head, Neck, and Thyroid Cancer Symposium. Seattle, WA. April 2011. Cat I CME.

Complications of Chemo and Radiation Therapy. N. Kim. Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology and Washington State Medical Association Winter 2011 Conference. Seattle, WA. January 2011. Cat I CME.

Reconstruction of Orbitomaxillary Defects. N. Kim. Swedish Neurosciences Institute ENT Exploratorium. Seattle, WA. October 2010. Cat II CME.


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 (61 Ratings, 9 Comments)


Dr. Kim is, as always, very thorough and reassuring.

I love working with Dr. Kim. I trust him with my life!

Dr. Kim is always very thoughtful, listening to my concerns and answers my questions in terms that I understand. He was exceptionally accessible and made great efforsts to rearrange his schedule and others to meet my expectations

Dr Kim is always great

I would rate my entire experience of being treated at Swedish for cancer to be absolutely outstanding. I had no idea of what high quality health care could be like until attending Swedish, now I am spoiled to the core.

I have survived two episodes of cancer because of the marvelous skill and knowledge of Dr Kim. words are not adequate to express my gratitude.

provider gave me incorrect information that caused significant stress for my family and me. He told us the scope exam looked like the cancer was still there. He went on to predict that the PET and CT scans would "light up" and without surgery I could expect to live months and not years.The scans were completed the next day and Dr [...] provided us with results that there was no cancer in my throat or anywhere else in my body.

Dr. Kim is awesome. I have full confidence in him & his team.

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