Karla O'Dell, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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Karla O’Dell, MD, specializes in laryngeal, voice, airway and swallowing disorders. She is the Co-Director of the USC Airway Intervention and Reconstruction Center. Her clinical interests include voice disorders in professional and non-professional voice users, swallowing disorders including endoscopic treatments of upper airway disorders and in-office laser procedures.

Dr. O’Dell completed her fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at Oregon Health Sciences University. Prior to her fellowship, Dr. O’Dell completed residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Southern California. She also obtained her medical degree from the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She received her bachelors of science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with honors.

Dr. O’Dell is currently practicing at Keck Medical Center of USC and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in the San Gabriel Valley.

USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery


  • Do We Need Another Quality-of-Life Instrument? Chest. 2024 01; 165(1):7-8.. View in PubMed
  • Effect of Vitamin B12 Injection on the Vocal Performance of Professional Singers: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Trial JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 01 01; 147(1):9-15. . View in PubMed
  • Predictors of difficult intubation and the otolaryngology perioperative consult Anesthesiol Clin. 2015 Jun; 33(2):279-90. . View in PubMed