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Dr. Ron Karni, MD


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Physician 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, with additional training in neck ultrasonography and transnasal esophagoscopy.

Board certified in otorhinolaryngology, Dr. Karni’s clinical interests include general otorhinolaryngology, management of thyroid and parathyroid disorders including diagnostic ultrasonography, head and neck cancer, treatment of salivary gland disorders, surgery of the nose and paranasal sinuses, evaluation of voice and swallowing problems including transnasal esophagoscopy, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Karni also serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School. He has co-authored several articles on practical tools to integrate evidence based methods into the daily practice of medicine.



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      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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