Ron J. Karni, MD, has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2022. An associate professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, Dr. Karni is chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and assistant vice president for oncology community programs at the medical school. He also is physician lead of the Memorial Hermann Cancer Accountable Care Organization, one of the region’s first health system Cancer ACOs under the larger Memorial Hermann ACO umbrella.
Dr. Karni received his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and completed residency training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Karni focuses his practice on management of human papilloma virus-associated oropharynx cancer; thyroid and parathyroid disorders; diagnostic ultrasonography and fine-needle aspiration of head and neck masses; transoral robotic surgery for throat, larynx, and oral cavity cancer; and salivary gland tumors. He performs more than 120 thyroid and parathyroid surgical procedures each year and leads a multidisciplinary ultrasound-guided aspiration biopsy clinic for thyroid nodules. He is the author of peer-reviewed publications on robotic head and neck surgery, workup of the occult head and neck cancer, and integrating evidence-based methods in otolaryngology.
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a health care research and information company that, among other services, produces lists of Top Doctors, with the goal of connecting patients with best-in-class providers. The organization has been rating physicians since 1991. Castle Connolly’s established survey research process, directed by a physician, involves tens of thousands of top doctors in America and the medical leadership of leading hospitals. The Castle Connolly list covers all 50 states and all major specialties, and is based on nominations from physicians who answer the question, “As a doctor, where would you go if you needed care?”