Thomas Stackhouse, M.D.


Dr. Stackhouse is the senior partner at Bellingham ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery. As a head and neck surgeon in Bellingham for over 21 years he has developed a reputation for providing outstanding medical care with a compassionate and warm approach toward each and every one of his patients.

He is board certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and he specializes in state of the art endoscopic sinus surgery (including balloon sinuplasty), nasal airway procedures, and endocrine surgery. He performs the full spectrum of thyroid and parathyroid procedures, including the least invasive techniques, and in conjunction with his partners has treated over 700 patients during the past 10 years. Other interests include treating complex head and neck cancer patients and providing general ear, nose, and throat care for members of our community. He also enjoys seeing pediatric patients, often providing ENT care for the children of his prior pediatric patients.

Since joining Bellingham ENT in 1992, Dr. Stackhouse has been an active leader in the medical community. He currently serves on the Board of the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and was previously the founding co-chair of the Operating Room Advisory Board at the hospital with anesthesiologist Dr. Joe Deck. He was president of the Whatcom County Medical Society in 2005 and volunteered on their Board for four years. Throughout the 1990’s he was a member of the cancer committee at PHSJMC and also worked on the surgical credentialing and the laser safety committees.

Dr. Stackhouse did his residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis Indiana. During this time he received several Marlow Manion awards for excellence in clinical research and finished up his training as the chief resident in 1992. He went to medical school at the prestigious University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned his medical degree with AOA distinction (top 10%) in 1987. While at Michigan he met his wife Barbara who was earning her MFA in medical and biological illustration.

Dr. Stackhouse grew up in Michigan and was recruited to play football for the Flying Dutchman at Hope College in Holland on the shores of Lake Michigan. He graduated summa cum laude in the class of 1983 with a major in Chemistry and served on the Motar Board as a senior. He now lives in Bellingham with his wife Barbara and they enjoy travelling for medical/surgical missions (Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Republic of Congo) and outdoor activities. Now that their three children are grown, they look forward to exploring the northwest on their new tandem bicycle.


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