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Hitomi Sakano, M.D., Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 758-5700

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Dr. Sakano specializes Otology and Neurotology, treating the disorders of the ear and lateral skull base. She also has a research interest in the activity dependent changes of the auditory neural pathways.

She is a graduate of the M.D.-Ph.D. program at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She completed her internship in General Surgery and residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Washington. She completed additional training at University of California San Diego ACGME accredited Neurotology fellowship. She is board certified both in Otolaryngology and in Neurotology through the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Clinical Expertise:
- Hearing loss and Cochlear Implantation
- Cholesteatoma and chronic ear disease
- Tumors of the ear
- Tumors of the lateral skull base (e.g. acoustic neuromas, glomus tumors)
- Vestibular disorders including Meniere's
- Facial nerve disorders



  • Otolaryngology - American Board of Otolaryngology


MD, PhD | University of Washington School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2016 - 06/30/2018
Fellowship in Neurotology at University of California (San Diego) Medical Cente

07/01/2011 - 06/30/2016
Residency in Otolaryngology at University of Washington Medical Center

06/25/2010 - 06/23/2011
Internship in General Surgery at University of Washington Medical Center

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Journal Articles

Sakano H, Jafari A, Allehaiby W, Harris JP. "Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension May Be an Under-recognized Cause of Endolymphatic Hydrops." Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology.. 2020 May 28; Epub 2020 May 28.

Yu X, Wang X, Sakano H, Zorio DAR, Wang Y. "Dynamics of the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein Correlates with Cellular and Synaptic Properties in Primary Auditory Neurons following Afferent Deprivation." The Journal of comparative neurology.. 2020 May 25; Epub 2020 May 25.

Sakano H, Harris JP. "Emerging options in immune-mediated hearing loss." Laryngoscope investigative otolaryngology.. 2019 Feb 0; 4(1):102-108. Epub 2018 Dec 03.