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Karen Choi, MD

Karen Choi, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Division of Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Scientific Program:Next-Generation Therapies
Disease Teams:
Cancer Institute, Head and Neck Cancer Team
Cancer Institute, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Team

Research Interests

  • Neoplasms
  • Otolaryngology
  • Therapeutics
  • Survival
  • Pandemics
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Neck
  • Head
  • Education
  • Skin Neoplasms
  • Quality Improvement
  • Congresses

Recent Publications


Schmalbach, CE, Ow, TJ, Choi, KY, O'Leary, M, Lin, A, Hughley, BB, Emerick, KS, Moore, B, Lee, NY, Zandberg, DP & Wang, SJ 2023, 'American Head and Neck Society position statement on the use of PD-1 inhibitors for treatment of advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma', Head and Neck, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 32-41.


Daher, GS, Choi, KY, Wells, JW & Goyal, N 2022, 'A Systematic Review of Oral Nutritional Supplement and Wound Healing', Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, vol. 131, no. 12, pp. 1358-1368.
Choi, KY 2022, 'Introduction', Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 73.
Ruszkay, N, Tucker, J & Choi, KY 2022, 'Otolaryngology in the face of A pandemic', Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 74-83.


Choi, KY & Schmalbach, CE 2021, 'Cutaneous Head and Neck Cancers in the High-Risk Immunosuppressed Population', Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 397-413.
Tucker, J, Sarsfield, E, Choi, KY & Goyal, N 2021, 'Educating School Nurses about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Associated Cancers and the Importance of HPV Vaccination', Journal of Community Health Nursing, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 201-208.
Keane, A, Warrick, J, Andrews, GA & Choi, KY 2021, 'Pediatric dermoid cyst of the parotid: Case report and review of the literature', Otolaryngology Case Reports, vol. 18, 100258.


Tsay, AJ, Paine, AR, Lighthall, JG, Choi, KY, Hebel, J & Flamm, A 2020, 'A possible pitfall of Mohs surgery in collision tumor diagnosis: A case of a squamous cell carcinoma of the scalp overlying a metastatic breast lesion of the skull', JAAD Case Reports, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 119-121.
Choi, KY, Amit, M, Tam, S, Bell, D, Phan, J, Garden, AS, Williams, MD, Ferrarotto, R, El-Naggar, AK, Raza, SM, DeMonte, F, Kupferman, ME, Hanna, EY & Su, SY 2021, 'Clinical Implication of Diagnostic and Histopathologic Discrepancies in Sinonasal Malignancies', Laryngoscope, vol. 131, no. 5, pp. E1468-E1475.
Hennessy, M, Bann, DV, Patel, VA, Saadi, R, Krempl, GA, Deschler, DG, Goyal, N & Choi, KY 2020, 'Commentary on the management of total laryngectomy patients during the COVID-19 pandemic', Head and Neck, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1137-1143.
Sarsfield, E, Montano, M, Choi, K & Goyal, N 2020, 'Laryngectomy Care in the COVID-19 Era', JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 146, no. 8, pp. 776.