Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

McGovern Medical School

Ron Karni

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  • (713) 486-5000 UT Physicians
  • (713) 566-4579 LBJ General Hospital


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Ron J. Karni, MD

Associate Professor; Chief, Division of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology

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.