Karla O’Dell

Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology
Karla O'Dell, MD

Areas of treatment:

Swallowing disorders
Airway stenosis
Office-based laser procedures
Care of the professional voice
Vocal fold paralysis
Spasmodic dysphonia
Zenker's diverticulum
Chronic cough
General ear, nose and throat disorders


  • Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


  • English

Karla O’Dell, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology

Practicing locations:

  • USC Healthcare Center 4
  • USC Otolaryngology Associates – Glendale
  • USC Otolaryngology Associates – La Cañada Flintridge

About this doctor:

Dr. Karla O’Dell attended medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC where she was awarded Dean’s Recognition and Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. O’Dell stayed at the Keck School to complete her residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. She went on to a fellowship in Laryngology at Oregon Health Sciences University specializing in voice, airway and swallowing disorders. She has authored several papers and book chapters.

Dr. O’Dell treats all diseases of the ears, nose and throat and specializes in laryngeal and voice disorders. Her clinical interests include voice disorders in professional and non-professional voice users, swallowing disorders, including endoscopic Zenker’s diverticulectomy and cricpharyngeal myotomy, open and endoscopic treatments of upper airway disorders and in-office laser procedures.


Keck School of Medicine of USC, MD
University of California, Santa Barbara, Biopsychology, History


Keck School of Medicine of USC, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2008


Keck School of Medicine of USC, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2009-2013


Oregon Health Sciences University, Laryngology, 2013-2014


American Academy of Otolaryngology

Professional society memberships:

American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
American Medical Association


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, USC
Cohen-Geller Award for excellence in Pediatric Otolaryngology