Karla O'dell, MD

Otolaryngology, Laryngology, Gender-Affirming Care, Airway Intervention and Reconstruction, Voice and Swallowing Disorders
Accepting New Patients

Telehealth appointments are available.


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222 W Eulalia St Suite 200 , Glendale, CA 91204

Mon & Thurs: 

8 a.m - 5 p.m

Wed: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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125 W. Huntington Drive Building A - Suite A200 , Arcadia, CA 91007
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1450 San Pablo St. HC4 - Suite 5100 Ste 5100, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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About Karla O'dell, MD


Karla O’Dell, MD, specializes in head and neck surgery and disorders of the voice, airway and swallowing. She is cofounder and codirector of the USC Airway Intervention & Reconstruction Center (USC Air Center). 


Dr. O’Dell performs open and minimally invasive endoscopic treatments of upper airway disorders and in-office laser treatments. She is experienced in working with professional voice users, such as singers and other performers. In addition to care for all voice, swallowing, and airway problems, Dr. O'Dell and the team at the USC Voice Center offer gender-affirming voice care.


Her research priorities include treatment of stenosis — narrowing of the airway, trachea and lower larynx or voice box, with the goal of prevention and improving treatment options. She also is developing new procedures for treatment of vocal cord paralysis and vocal cord scarring. Dr. O’Dell is active in the North American Airway Collaborative, which encourages and exchanges data on adult airway disease. 


Away from work, she enjoys going to the beach, hiking, exploring Southern California and spending time with friends and family.   


“To provide the best care possible, I treat my patients as if they are members of my own family. I am friendly, straightforward and honest. Many of my patients have lost the ability to breathe without a tracheostomy, enjoy a regular meal or communicate with their voice. Being able to restore these important human functions is the most important aspect of my relationship with my patients. 



  • Otolaryngology
  • Laryngology
  • Gender-Affirming Care
  • Airway Intervention and Reconstruction
  • Voice and Swallowing Disorders
Areas of Focus
Hoarseness and Voice Disorders, Swallowing Disorders, Airway Stenosis, Office-based Vocal Cord Laser Procedures
Academic Title
Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Insurances Accepted

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Benefits among health plans and employers vary. Please contact your health plan to verify benefits and network providers for specific products. It is important to note that not all of our providers participate in all of a health plan's products or networks.

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Covered California
  • Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer
  • Beech Street Corporation /WC
  • Blue Shield Covered California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Brand New Day
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health
  • GEHA
  • Great-West Healthcare of California, Inc.
  • Health Net
  • Health Net Covered California
  • Health Plans of Nevada
  • Interplan
  • Kern Health Systems
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers Health & Welfare
  • Marian Health Services
  • MultiPlan
  • NEXT
  • Pacificare
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
  • Private Health Care Systems
  • Take Care (GUAM)
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance (UHC)
  • Union Roofers Health & Welfare Fund
  • United Healthcare
  • USC Network
  • Watchtower
  • Medicare

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