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Dr. Ron Karni, MD

Otolaryngology

Head And Neck Surgery

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 ...

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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Locations and Appointments

Call to make an appointment (713) 486-5000

Meet the Provider

Specialties
  • Otolaryngology
  • Head And Neck Surgery
  • Ear, Nose And Throat
Medical Education

Baylor College of Medicine - Registrar 2003

Languages Spoken
  • Spanish
  • English
Affiliated Centers
  • Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
  • Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital
Gender

Male

Internship & Residency

Washington University School of Medicine-GME 2004, Washington University School of Medicine-GME 2008

PCP Number

100000019597

Clinical Interests
  • Head Neck Cancer
  • HPV-related Cancer
  • Neck Masses
  • Head Neck Cancer
  • HPV-related Cancer
  • Neck Masses
  • Parathyroid Disease
  • Salivary Gland Tumor
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
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Cities Served

Bellaire, Galena Park, Houston, Missouri City

Zip Codes Served

77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77008, 77009, 77010, ...

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Insurance Accepted

Insurance Providers
  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • Aetna Most Benefit Plans
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • AHI Healthlink
  • Amerigroup Chip
  • Amerigroup Star
  • Amerigroup Star Plus
  • Amerivantage
  • Beechstreet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
  • Blue Exchange PPO
  • Cigna Most Benefit Plans
  • 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
  • Coventry Health Care - PPO Network
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra
  • First Health - PPO Network
  • First Health Workers 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
  • Medicaid Traditional
  • Medicare Traditional
  • Medicus International - PPO Network
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage HMO
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage PPO
  • Memorial Hermann Solutions
  • Multiplan
  • OccuNet PPO - PPO Network
  • Private Healthcare System
  • Reny Company Workers Comp
  • Superior Foster Care Program
  • 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 TXMMP
  • US Family Health Plan
  • USA Managed Care Organization - PPO Network
  • Wellcare
  • WorkLink Workers Comp

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Patient Stories

  • Tony Lentola

    Tony's Story: Tonsil Cancer

    Thanks to a referral to Ron Karni, MD, who routinely does surgery for oropharyngeal cancers using transoral robotic surgery with a CO2 laser, Lentola avoided the toxic treatments, the effects of which are particularly pronounced in head and neck cancer patients.

    "By combining the laser and...

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