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Ron Karni, MD

Ron Karni, MD

ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat), Head and Neck Cancer
Ron Karni, MD

Ron Karni, MD

ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat), Head and Neck Cancer

Personal Statement

Ron J. Karni, MD serves as Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. He obtained his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and then completed his residency training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Karni has authored publications on the novel treatment of occult primary oropharyngeal cancer (the unknown primary) and practical tools to integrate evidence-based methods into the daily practice of medicine. His current research focus includes de-escalation treatment strategies for throat cancer, morphoproteomic analysis of head and neck cancer, and HPV-related malignancies of the head and neck. Dr. Karni is co-Principal Investigator on a CPRIT grant studying new treatments for head and neck lymphedema using near-infrared fluorescent technology. Dr. Karni is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr. Karni’s practice focuses on the management of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, including throat cancer, oral cancer, larynx cancer, locally advanced skin cancer, salivary gland tumors, and thyroid/parathyroid disease. He performs transoral robotic surgery for tumors of the throat, a modern approach to minimizing the side effects of treatment for throat cancer . Dr. Karni also performs ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy for thyroid nodules and minimally-invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery.




  • English

Insurance Plans

  • Accountable/Interplan - PPO
  • Aetna - HMO
  • Aetna - Indemnity
  • Aetna - Managed Choice
  • Aetna - POS
  • Aetna - PPO
  • Aetna Whole Health
  • Amerigroup - HMO
  • BC/BS - Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Bravo
  • Cigna - EPO
  • Cigna - Fundamental Care (PPO)
  • Cigna - HMO
  • Cigna - POS
  • Cigna - POS Open Access
  • Cigna - PPO Starbridge
  • Cigna - Shared Administration (PPO)
  • Community Health Choice
  • Employers Health Network - PPO
  • HealthSmart - HMO
  • HealthSmart - PPO
  • Humana - ChoiceCare PPO
  • Humana - Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana - National POS
  • Humana - Preferred PPO
  • Independent Medical Systems (IMS) - PPO
  • Memorial Hermann Choice - MH Choice
  • Memorial Hermann Elect - MH Elect
  • Memorial Hermann Employees - MH Employees
  • Memorial Hermann Select - MH Select
  • MHealth - EDGE
  • MHealth - MHHS Freedom of Choice
  • MultiPlan - HealthEOS
  • MultiPlan - PHCS
  • Provider Select - PPO
  • Texas True Choice - PPO
  • Three Rivers Provider Network - NTW
  • Unicare - POS
  • Unicare - PPO
  • United Healthcare - HMO
  • United Healthcare - Indemnity
  • United Healthcare - PPO
  • United Healthcare - Select POS
  • WellCare - Insurance Plans

Available Appointments

UT Otorhinolaryngology (Texas Medical Center)

Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza 6400 Fannin St Suite 2700 Houston, TX 77030 (713) 486-5000

Suite 2700
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  • 9:15 am
  • 9:45 am
      • 1:45 pm