Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD

Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
53 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Karen Ahlstrom, MD is an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery specialist in Spokane, WA and has been practicing for 22 years. She specializes in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.Read her story

Spokane Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, PS

217 W Cataldo Ave

Spokane, WA 99201
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Ahlstrom performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

very high
more than 99% of peers
Larynx Conditions
very high
more than 99% of peers
Ear Ache
very high
more than 97% of peers

Dr. Ahlstrom's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Ahlstrom's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Ahlstrom "Dr. Karen Ahlstrom is an Otolaryngologist practicing general ear, nose and throat medicine including diseases of the airway, thyroid and head and neck cancers, nasal and sinus ailments, and allergies. Dr. Ahlstrom has a special emphasis on pediatric ear nose and throat concerns. Dr. Ahlstrom received her undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Prior to medical school, she worked as a registered nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit for several years. She subsequently attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she obtained her medical degree. She continued on with residency training in Otolaryngology at the University of New Mexico and is Board Certified in general Otolaryngology. "Delivering high quality patient care means, above all, caring for the patient" is Dr. Ahlstrom's medical motto."


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1  Specialties

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

70  Conditions Treated


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30  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

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  • University of Arizona
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Nm School Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ahlstrom has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ahlstrom's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ahlstrom to family and friends
18 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (18)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Ahlstrom's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

She is a wonderful practitioner and surgeon, with the best patient care I have seen for young children. Heartfelt and competent - I'm referring friends to her.
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Dr. Ahlstrom has a wonderful manner, very personable. She seems to be very caring of her patients, and driven to discover the cause of a complaint. She caught something on my CT scan that slipped past other providers, and I have a great degree of trust in her ability.
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I liked her demeanor and attitude. I liked how she explained thoroughly my condition to me. I liked how she noticed something unusual about me that she said would bring tobmy PCP's attention as something that he should check on.
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