Elina Kari

Assistant Professor
Elina Kari, MD

Areas of treatment:

Chronic Ear Infections
Cochlear Nerve Abnormalities
Cochleovestibular Malformations
Hearing Restoration Surgery
Neurotology and Skull Base Disorders
Pediatric Hearing and Language Outcomes
Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implants


  • Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery


  • Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Elina Kari, MD

Assistant Professor

Practicing locations:

  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • USC Healthcare Center 4

About this doctor:

After completing her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, she spent several months researching malaria in the Peruvian Amazon. A deep commitment to service and education led her to a career as a physician. Her passion for problem-solving and anatomy led her to a career as a otolaryngology surgeon. After completing residency at Emory University, she was selected as a neurotology fellow at the world-renowned House Ear Institute. Dr. Kari is particularly interested in hearing disorders, hearing restoration surgery, pediatric hearing loss and clinical outcomes research. She firmly believes that all individuals deserve the best medical care available and that each patient needs to be involved and educated in their own health.


BA, University of California, Berkeley, Latin American Studies
MD, University of Michigan Medical School


General surgery, 2006-2007


Otolaryngology, 2007-2011


The House Institute, 2011-2013


American Board of Otolaryngology, 2012
American Board of Neurotology, 2014

Professional society memberships:

American Neurotology Society, 2014-present
Los Angeles Society of Otolaryngology, 2013-present
American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, 2007-present
Metro Atlanta Educational Society for Otolaryngology, 2006-2011
American Rhinological Society, 2007-2011


America’s Top Physicians, Consumers’ Research Council of America, 2013
First Place, Annual Resident Research Day, “Spiral Ganglion Neuron Preservation and Promotion by 7,8-dihydroxyflavone”, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, 2010
Travel Award, Korean American Otolaryngology Society, AAO-HNS National Meeting, 2009
Travel Award, Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting, 2009
Graduation with Distinction in Service, University of Michigan Medical School, 2006
VIDA Scholarship, University of Michigan School, 2001
David E. Rogers Fellowship, New York Academy of Medicine, 2001
Parker Scholarship, University of Michigan Medical School, 2000
Honors in General Distinction, University of California, Berkeley 1997
Latin American Departmental Citation, University of California, Berkeley 1997
G. McEnery Scholarship, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
Honors, Diablo Valley College, 1995
First-Year Distinction, Wellesley College, 1994
Honorable Mention, PRC Youth Photography Exhibition, Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1993
Blue Ribbon, The Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards, Boston, MA, 1992
Finalist, Photographer’s Forum Magazine 12th Annual College Photography Contest, 1992
Youth Award, Boston Globe Magazine Photography Contest, Boston, MA, 1992