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Dr. Ron Karni MD

Otolaryngologist

Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center

Summary

Dr. Ron Karni earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Karni’s clinical practice focuses on management of HPV-associated oropharynx (throat) cancer, thyroid and parathyroid ... Read More

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Biography

Dr. Ron Karni earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Karni’s clinical practice focuses on management of HPV-associated oropharynx (throat) cancer, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, diagnostic ultrasonography and fine-needle aspiration of head and neck masses, robotic surgery for throat cancer, larynx and oral cavity cancer, and salivary gland tumors.

Dr. Karni serves as Division Chief of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and is a regionally-recognized leader for transoral robotic minimally-invasive surgery, a treatment which decreases the side effects of treatment for HPV-associated throat cancer. Dr. Karni performs over one hundred thyroid and parathyroid surgical procedures each year and leads a multidisciplinary ultrasound-guided aspiration biopsy clinic for thyroid nodules.

Dr. Karni has authored publications on robotic head and neck surgery, workup of the occult head and neck cancer, and integrating evidenced-based methods in otolaryngology.

 

 

 

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Physician Details

Gender
Male
Specialties
Medical Education
Baylor College of Medicine - Registrar, 2003
Internships & Residency
Washington University School of Medicine-GME, 2007
Washington University School of Medicine-Registrar, 2008
PCP Number
100000019597
Cities Served
Bellaire, Galena Park, Houston, Missouri City
ZIP Codes Served
77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007

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Insurance Accepted

  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • Aetna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • AHI Healthlink
  • Amerigroup Chip
  • Amerigroup MMP Perinatal*
  • Amerigroup Star
  • Amerigroup Star Plus
  • Amerivantage
  • Beechstreet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
  • Blue Exchange PPO
  • Cigna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks PPO*
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks Work Comp
  • Community Health Choice
  • Community Health Choice Chip
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace Kelsey QHP
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace QHP
  • Community Health Choice Star
  • Corporate Remedies Worker's Comp*
  • Corvel Worker's Comp*
  • Coventry Health Care - PPO Network
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - PPO Network*
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - Worker's Comp*
  • First Health - PPO Network
  • First Health - Worker's Comp
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Healthsmart
  • Humana (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana HMOx QHP Exchange
  • Humanachoice PPO Medicare
  • Independant Medical Systems
  • Injury Management Organization Worker's Comp*
  • Interplan Health Group (IHG)*
  • Medicaid Traditional
  • Medicare Traditional
  • Medicus International - PPO Network
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage HMO
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage PPO
  • Memorial Hermann Solutions
  • Multiplan
  • OccuNet PPO - PPO Network
  • Olympus (International) - PPO Network*
  • Political Subdivision Workers Comp Alliance*
  • Private Healthcare System
  • Reny Company Worker's Comp
  • Rockport - PPO Network*
  • Superior CHIP/Perinatal*
  • Superior Foster Care Program
  • Texas True Choice - PPO Network*
  • United Healthcare (Most Benefit Plans)
  • United Healthcare Chip
  • United Healthcare Chronic Complete
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete
  • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
  • United Healthcare Star
  • United Healthcare Star Plus Perinatal*
  • United Healthcare TXMMP
  • US Family Health Plan
  • USA Managed Care Organization - PPO Network
  • USA Managed Care Organization - Worker's Comp*
  • Wellcare
  • WorkLink Worker's Comp

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Dr. Karni In The News

Watch video below to see Dr. Ron Karni on Great Day Houston.

 

Patient Stories

Tony's Story - Tonsil Cancer
With a diagnosis of stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil, Tony Lentola might have expected a treatment plan that included the traditional six weeks of radiation – and possibly chemotherapy. Thanks to a referral to Ron Karni, MD, who routinely does surgery for oropharyngeal cancers using transoral robotic surgery with a CO2 laser (TORS-L), Lentola avoided the toxic treatments.

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Doc's Story - Cancer of the Tongue
Robert “Doc” Halliday is one of more than 50 patients at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center who have recently benefited from the coupling of the da Vinci robot to the flexible CO2 fiber, which can be aimed like a laser gun at tumors and their margins. Diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of tongue base, the 74-year-old underwent surgery with TORS-L in October 2013.

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