Scottsdale ENT Dr Christopher Lykins MD
  • ExpertiseOtolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon
  • Associations

    American Academy of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery


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    • Scottsdale Shea Medical Center
    • Scottsdale Thompson Medical Center

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Board-certified Otolaryngologist Dr. Chris Lykins has practiced medicine in Phoenix since 2002.

Areas of Treatment

Dr. Christopher Lykins treats all disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Areas of interest include:

  • Sinus Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery
  • Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Nasal Obstructions
  • Head and Neck Masses
  • Hearing Loss
  • Allergy
  • Pediatric ENT

Dr. Lykins enjoys practicing all aspects of Otolaryngology but with his fellowship background in facial plastic surgery, he particularly enjoys the treatment of challenging functional nasal reconstruction. In addition, he was one of the earliest adopters of minimally invasive thyroid surgery in the Phoenix metro area.


As my patient, I respect that you are the most important member of your health care team.

As your ENT doctor, it is my duty to help you decide on the best course of action for health and treatment of ears, nose or throat.

– Dr. Christopher Lykins

Awards and Accolades

Over the last 20 years, Dr. Lykins has been repeatedly recognized for his personal approach and commitment to providing the best ENT services in Phoenix by both his fellow colleagues and – most importantly – his patients. Patients’ Choice Award – 5 Years

The Patients’ Choice Award – 5 Year Honoree is a recognition granted only to those doctors whose ratings have reflected excellence in care for five years in a row. Only 1% of all doctors in the United States are bestowed this honor by their patients.

Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Years

Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree recognizes doctors with the highest scores in bedside manner for five consecutive years, such an honor is granted to just a few distinct doctors in the United States. 2014 Top 10 Scottsdale ENT Doctor

Thanks to patient ratings on, Dr. Chris Lykins has been distinguished as a Top 10 Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona.

To help patients in search of quality care, highlights the top 10 doctors within each specialty and geographic area who are consistently highly rated by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year.

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On-Time + Promptness Award

Vitals’ On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments.

The honor is granted based on a physician’s overall and promptness scores.

America’s Top Doctors in 2012 U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Lykins was named as one of America’s Top Doctors within the ENT speciality.

A total of 285 Otolaryngologists were named – only the top 1% achieve this national recognition for outstanding work.

The 2002 Jack R. Anderson Prize for Scholastic Excellence

The Jack R. Anderson Prize for Scholastic Excellence is awarded annually to a single U.S. or Canadian surgeon who achieves the highest combined score on the written and oral portions of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery board exam.

ENT Doctor Ratings & Reviews: What Our Patients Have To Say About My Care

I Appreciated Dr. Christopher Lykins’ Professionalism

I was referred to Dr. Lykins by my dentist for a parotidectomy.  I had seen another ENT doctor prior and wanted to get a second opinion.

I appreciated Dr. Christopher Lykins’ professionalism and the time he took to explain the surgery to me as well as his follow through after my surgery. I would definitely recommend Dr. Lykins!

Pam E.
Originally Reviewed on Yelp

If you are thinking about getting your gauged ears sewn up – definitely see Dr. Chris Lykins.

Scottsdale ENT Patient Review from Jason F.

I am really late in writing this review (like a year) – Dr. Lykins, please forgive me 🙂

I had 1-1/8″ gauges and then I decided to get a real job, so I needed to get my gauged earlobes sewed up.  Dr. Lykins was really friendly, confident and knew exactly what he was doing.  The procedure was not only painless, but he put on a cool “chill” playlist – so we were listening to music and having a conversation the whole time. Dr. Lykins even let me (don’t get grossed out) film the procedure on my phone, so I was able to see everything as it was happening (maybe not your thing).

I found out that a friend of mine was a keynote speaker at an Ear Nose and Throat medical conference, so I brought up Dr. Lykins to him to get an “inside perspective”.  This friend of mine is a well-respected ENT doctor, and had nothing but great things to say about Dr. Chris Lykins.  So there you have it – from both the bottom (patient) and top (fellow ENT expert doc) of the healthcare “totem pole”.

Now, a year later, when I share with new friends that I used to have gauges, I actually have to show old photos to these new friends before they’ll believe me.  Without a doubt – if you are thinking about getting your gauged ears sewn up – definitely see Dr. Chris Lykins.

Enjoy : )

Jason F.
Originally Posted on Yelp

I really like Dr. Lykins!

ZocDoc patient review

I have visited Dr. Lykins 2 or 3 times, and he is really kind and friendly. I will have him as my primary doctor for nose / allergy issues. No doubt.

Dr. Lykins Takes Pride in His Work

Scottsdale ENT Patient Review from Connie K. in Tempe, Arizona

This review is long past due. Dr. Lykins performed my partial thyroidectomy in Oct 2014. This sounds common, but it is not an easy surgery and my goiter was particularly large. Dr. Lykins takes pride in his work, he wants to do an excellent job, and he did take all the extra time in surgery that day to get it right. I have a very small scar, but did not suffer any of the possible complications from the surgery.

As is typical, I had pre and post op office visits with Dr. Lykins. He has a cheerful personality, he explained everything, answered all my questions, and he did not rush.

Dr. Lykins seems like he genuinely likes what he is doing and wanted me to have a successful experience.  At a post-op office visit the MA was busy, so he took out my last lingering stitch himself instead of making me wait.

Dr. Chris Lykins Took the Extra Time

Phoenix ENT Patient Review from Paul O.

I saw Dr. Lykins and thought he was very professional. Dr. Chris Lykins took the extra time needed to answer any questions and he was very friendly – he also took the time to check up on me at the hospital the day after my surgery.

The scar left after my surgery with Dr. Lykins was very small and other medical professionals have commented on how good it looks.

Their helpful ENT office offers new patient forms right on their website, so you can fill out prior to your visit – which is great way to save time.

The biggest surprise was the refund I received because I was overcharged for my surgery. The office probably could have kept the amount which was over $100 and I wouldn’t have known.

Paul O.
Originally Posted on Yelp

Doctor Christopher Lykins' Formal Medical Education and Experience

Bachelor of Science in General Biology at University of Arizona

While at the University of Arizona, Dr Lykins graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Medical School at Yale University

While at Yale, Dr Lykins served as class president for two years and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He was also awarded the honor of marching at the head of his class.

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency at University of Washington

While at the University of Washington, Dr. Lykins completed an additional year of research dedicated to bio-materials in reconstruction in addition to his clinical work.

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University

During his fellowship, Dr. Lykins earned the distinction of achieving the highest Board scores in the nation in his examination.

Personal Interests

Besides medicine and his daughter, Dr. Lykins has a deep dedication to music. In between college and medical school, Dr. Lykins was a touring guitarist in an internationally known rock band. He is currently playing bass in a local rockabilly band that performs throughout the West. For recreation he enjoys skiing, SCUBA diving, and reading.