Sapna A. Patel, MD, graduated from a highly competitive combined undergraduate-medical school program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She graduated Summa Cum Laude for her undergraduate studies and Cum Laude for her medical school training. Also, during her medical school training, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She then attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and completed her general surgical internship. Following this, she matriculated through the rigorous University of Washington Otolaryngology Head & Surgery residency program. During this period, she spent a year on the T32 Basic Science Training Grant through the National Institute of Health under the mentorship of Noel S. Weiss, MD, DrPH and Eduardo Méndez MD, MS. After her residency training, she spent a dedicated year of fellowship training in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery and the University of Washington working with Kris S. Moe, MD, Amit Bhrany, MD, and Wayne Larrabee, Jr., MD, MPH.
After completing her fellowship training, Dr. Patel joined the Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery and continues to work serving our military veterans at the Seattle Veterans Affairs Hospital one day per week. At the VA Hospital, she provides general head & neck surgery care, and also participates in resident education as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington.
She has published over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, has given several poster and podium presentations at national conferences, and authored multiple book chapters. Most recently, in October 2016, she was awarded the prestigious John Orlando Roe Award from the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for her research on the outcomes from reconstruction of dermatologic MOHS surgery. Dr. Patel also maintains a strong interest in the use of robotic surgery for head and neck cancer. She is currently working on this with Dr. Eduardo Méndez through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
In addition to her clinical research, she has just finished editing work on Dr. Larrabee’s book Masters of Facial Plastic Surgery. She and Dr. Larrabee are now working on new editions of Principles of Facial Reconstruction and Surgical Anatomy of the Face.
Dr. Patel also maintains a strong interest in global surgery and medical mission trips through the assistance of Global Surgical Outreach. She has participated in two separate otolaryngology mission trips to Balfate, Honduras–one in March 2016, and another,more recently, in March 2017. For her 2016 trip, she was awarded a $1000 humanitarian grant for her mission from the American Academy of Otolaryngology. For her recent trip in 2017, she worked with the otolaryngology residents at the University of Washington and helped to raise over $10,000!
Dr. Patel is board certified in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and is currently a diplomate. She also serves as an Associate in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
She has been recognized as an outstanding surgeon, scholar, and humanitarian at every stage of her illustrious academic career. Dr. Patel is interested in all aspects of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery including MOHS reconstruction, rhinoplasty, and aging face rejuvenation. She brings added expertise in CO2 laser resurfacing to our center. In addition, she also performs non-surgical procedures such as injectables, i.e., Botox and fillers, and radiofrequency rejuvenation.