Dr. Elina Kari, MD

Dr. Elina Kari, MD

Neurotology  |  
Female  |  
Age 42
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Dr. Elina Kari, MD is a neurotology doctor who practices in La Jolla, CA. She is 42 years old and has been practicing for 12 years. Read her story

9350 Campus Point Dr Ste Ll-A

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 657-8590

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
  • 3 More

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very high
more than 99% of peers
Ear Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
Meniere's Disease
more than 5% of peers

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Dr. Kari's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kari "Dr. Elina Kari is a leading otology, neurotology, and skull base surgeon with a focus on pediatric hearing loss treatment and research. After completing her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, she spent several months researching malaria in the Peruvian Amazon. Her deep commitment to service and education led her to a career as a physician. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan, Dr. Kari's passion for problem solving and anatomy further led her to a career as an otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon. Dr. Kari completed residency training in surgery at Emory University, followed by a neurotology fellowship at the world-renowned House Ear Institute, where she trained with premier surgical experts Dr. Derald Brackmann and Dr. Rick A. Friedman. Prior to coming to UCSD, she was the principal surgeon of the pediatric cochlear implant program at Keck University of Southern California and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, one of the busiest centers in the country for pediatric hearing loss. She was also the lead neurotologist at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and performed several complex neurotologic surgeries on children as young as 9 months. Dr. Kari is particularly interested in hearing disorders, hearing restoration surgery, pediatric hearing loss, development of novel neuroimaging of auditory pathways and clinical outcomes research. She is widely published, has presented her research at several national and international conferences, and has been an invited speaker around the world. Dr. Kari holds passports from the US, Brazil, and Finland and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kari "Each patient presents specific and individual needs and requires an personalized approach. I believe in formulating a management plan with, not just for, each patient. Open communication, trust, and exceptional skill and training are all crucial in a good doctor and patient relationship. I also believe that everyone has the right to respectful, skilled and excellent medical care."


  • Neurotology
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

  • Neurotology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Positional Vertigo
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Deafness
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Infection
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Exostoses
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hyperacusis
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Malignant Otitis Externa
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Speech Delay
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Neuritis


  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aid Implant
  • Cochlear Implant Insertion
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Eardrum Repair
  • Earwax Removal
  • Endolymphatic Mastoid Shunt
  • Epley S Maneuver
  • Implantable Hearing Device
  • Inner Ear Repair
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Myringotomy
  • Nasopharyngoscopy
  • Pediatric Cochlear Implants
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Removal of Foreign Body from Ear
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Stapedectomy
  • Surgery to Restore Hearing

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of California, Berkeley
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • University Of Michigan Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 2006
  • Emory University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Emory University School Of Medicine, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • The House Ear Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kari has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kari's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kari to family and friends
based on 28 total reviews (2 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (28)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Kari's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
Under 10 minutes
Dr. Kari Says:

If any patient feels that they received anything short of excellent care, either from me or from my staff, I welcome their specific feedback and concerns by contacting my office. We take patient satisfaction and concerns very seriously and I will personally address any patient concern

Patient Comments (2)

in Los Angeles, CA |
I wish I could give this a 1000 more stars!! Dr. Kari and the entire staff at USC "Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication" is beyond awesome, my baby's Cochlear implant surgery couldn't be in better hands. Thanks Dr. Kari for give Maria a better life.
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in Carpinteria, Ca |
I'm very pleased with Dr. Kai and her team. Getting a second optinion was the best choice I made for my ear. She is kind, thorough, personal and knows her stuff. After my fist visit I knew she will get the job done correctly. I would highly recommend Doctor Elina Kari.
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Dr. Kari accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    HealthKeepers Plus POS
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
    Capp Care PPO
    PPO Next PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Blue Shield of California HMO
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
    Health Net HMO
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
    DirectCare America
  • MultiPlan
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare HMO

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Hospitals where Dr. Kari has admitting privileges

Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego
3020 Childrens Way
San Diego, CA 92123
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UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest
200 W Arbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
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