Chad V. Ruffin, MD


Ear Nose & Throat

Comprehensive ENT, Otology, Cochlear Implants
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Virtual Visits Available


Chad Ruffin, MD, is board certified in otolaryngology. He provides surgical care for ear and hearing disorders; issues with sinuses, nasal breathing, and sleep apnea; and tonsils, voice, thyroid, and head and neck tumors/cancer. His surgical training was completed at Indiana University, one of the most rigorous otolaryngology residency programs. He received research grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the National Institutes of Health. He has published in multiple journals and his advocacy efforts were recognized by Science. As an honored attendee at the American Academy of Achievement, he shared the challenges of hearing loss with heads of state and other luminaries. He has also shared his insights at the Exponential Medicine Conference hosted by Singularity University.

Dr. Ruffin is among the first people born with severe hearing loss to become a surgeon, and he has a particular passion for helping those with hearing loss achieve their goals. To improve hearing healthcare, he complements his surgical practice as an auditory neuroscientist, hearing technology innovator, and a mentor to d/Deaf healthcare students.

In his free time, he enjoys flying, tennis, hiking, backcountry camping and rafting, and reading poetry.

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Specializing in:

  • Ear Nose & Throat
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngic Allergy
  • Otology
  • Pediatric Ear Nose & Throat


Care Center

16259 Sylvester Road SW Suite 504
Burien, WA

(206) 246-1078


Care Center
Hearing Speech and Deaf Center

1625 19th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 246-1078



Program: MD
Institution: LSU School of Medicine Shreveport

Program: Board certified
Institution: American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Program: Residency
Institution: Indiana University

Program: Fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Institution: Indiana University

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