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Department of Otolaryngology

Department of Otolaryngology

Karen J. Doyle, M.D., Ph.D.

Karen J. Doyle, M.D., Ph.D.
Otology and Neurotology


UCDavis Health System
Department of Otolaryngology 
2521 Stockton Blvd., #7200
Sacramento, CA 95817

Dr. Doyle's otology/neurotology practice concentrates on surgical treatment of ear and balance disorders including hearing loss, ear infections, balance disturbances, vertigo syndromes, and other conditions that produce hearing and balance problems. 

Research Focus

Dr. Doyle has two research areas:

  • Identification of hearing loss in infants
  • The effects of ototoxic medications on the inner ear

Undergraduate Education

  • University of Michigan: B.A. in Speech Pathology/Audiology, 1976, Phi Beta Kappa

Graduate Education

  • University of Michigan: M.S. in Audiology, 1977
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, 1984
  • University of California, San Francisco, M.D., 1986
  • University of California, San Francisco Hospitals, General Surgery, Internship,1986-1988
  • University of California, San Francisco Hospitals, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Residency, 1988-1992
  • House Ear Clinic, Los Angeles, California, Fellowship, Otology and Neurotology, 1992-1993
    Board Certification
  • American Board of Otolaryngology, 1993

Professional Societies

American Otological Society
Alumni Fellowship Group of the House Ear Institute
American Auditory Society - Elected governing board, 2001 - 2005
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
American Neurotology Society - Elected secretary treasurer, 2004
Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Sacramento Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Society of University Otolaryngologists
Triological Society - Elected Governing Council, 2003 - 2006


1977 - Doyle KJ Rupp RR, Validation norms for speech discrimination scores of normal-hearing subjects in wide band and in speech spectrum noise at S/N 0 dB. J Aud Res 17:269-74;1977.

1981 - Doyle KJ Danhauer JL Edgerton BJ, Features from normal and sensorineural listeners' nonsense syllable test errors. Ear and Hearing 2:117-21;1981. 

1982 - Edgerton BJ House WF Doyle KJ, Comparison of promontory and cochlear implants within a single subject. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol Suppl 91:100-7;1982. 

1982 - Edgerton BJ Doyle KJ, Auditory perceptions induced by low frequency acoustic and electrical stimulation. J Aud Res 22:216-24;1982. 

1983 - Edgerton BJ Doyle KJ Brimacombe J Danley MJ Fretz RJ, The effects of signal processing by the House/Urban single-channel stimulator on auditory perception abilities of patients with cochlear implants. In CW Parkins and SW Anderson (Eds) Cochlear Prostheses: An International Symposium. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 405:311-22;1983. 

1984 - Brimacombe J Edgerton BJ Doyle KJ Erratt J Danhauer JL, Auditory capabilities of patients implanted with the House single channel cochlear implant. Acta Otolaryngol Suppl 411:204-16;1984. 

1986 - Doyle KJ Danhauer JL Edgerton BJ, Vowel perception experiments with a single channel cochlear implant. J Speech Hear Res 29:179-92;1986. 

1991 - Doyle KJ Jackler RK, Otogenic cavernous sinus thrombosis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 104:873-77;1991. 

1991 - Doyle KJ Tami TA, Increased intracranial pressure and blindness associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 105:613-16;1991. 

1993 - Doyle KJ, Shelton CS, Hearing preservation in neurofibromatosis 2. Am J Otol 14:562-5;1993. 

1994 - Doyle KJ, Luxford WM, Acoustic neuroma in pregnancy. Am J Otol, Clinical Vignette 15:111-13;1994. 

1994 - Doyle KJ, Brackmann DE, Intralabyrinthine schwannomas. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 110:517-23;1994. 

1994 - Doyle KJ, Brackmann DE, House JR, Pathogenesis of otitic hydrocephalus: Evidence in support of Symonds' (1937) theory. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1994;111:323-27. 

1995 - Doyle KJ, Luxford WM, Congenital Aural Cholesteatoma: Results of Surgery in 60 Cases. Laryngoscope 1995;105:1-5. 

1994 - De la Cruz A, Doyle KJ, Ossiculoplasty in congenital deformity. Otolaryngol Clin N Am 1994;27:799-811. 

1995 - Burggraaff B, Luxford WM, Doyle KJ, Neurotologic Treatment of Acquired Cholesteatoma. Am J Otology. 1995;16:480-85. 

1995 - Doyle KJ, Mills D, Larky J, Kessler D, Luxford WM, Schindler RA, Consonant perception by users of two multichannel cochlear implants. Am J Otology. 1995;16:676-81. 

1995 - Doyle KJ, Brackmann DE, Hitselberger WE, Inflammatory meningiomas of the internal auditory canals. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1995;113:617-20. 

1996 - Doyle KJ, Fowler C, Starr A, Unilateral Hearing Loss Resulting From Contralateral Pontine Infarction. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1996;114:482-6. 

1996 - Doyle KJ, De la Cruz A, Epidermoids of the Cerebellopontine Angle: Results of Surgical Treatment. Skull Base Journal. 1996;6:27-33. 

1996 - Berliner KI, Doyle KJ, Goldenberg R, Reporting operative hearing results in stapes surgery: Does choice of outcome measure make a difference? Am J Otology 1996;17:521-8. 

1997 - Doyle KJ, Burggraaff B, Fujikawa S, Kim J, MacArthur C, Neonatal hearing screening with otoscopy, auditory brainstem response and otoacoustic emissions. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 1997;116:597-603. 

1997 - Doyle KJ, Amin N, Peck W, Facial nerve neuroma. Imaging Case of the Month. Amer J Otology. 1997;18:518-19. 

1997 - Doyle KJ, Burggraaff, B, Fujikawa S, Kim J, Newborn hearing screening by otoacoustic emissions and automated auditory brainstem response. Int J Ped Otolaryngol 1997;41:111-19. 

1998 - Doyle KJ, Fujikawa S, Rogers P, Newman E, A comparison of newborn hearing screening with transient evoked otoacoustic emissions and automated auditory brainstem response using ALGO-2. Int J Ped Otolaryngol 1998;43:207-211. 

1998 - Meyskens F, Gerner E, Emerson S, Pelot D, Durbin T, Doyle K, Lagerberg W, Effect of a-difluoromethylornithine on rectal mucosal levels of polyamines in a randomized, double-blinded trial for colon cancer prevention. J National Cancer Inst 1998;90:1212-8. 

1998 - Doyle KJ, Sininger Y, Starr A, Auditory neuropathy in childhood. Laryngoscope1998;108:1374-77.
 1999 - Sininger Y, Doyle KJ, Moore J, Auditory system developmental plasticity: The Case for early intervention. Pediatric Cl. N. Am. 1999;46:1-14. 
-Doyle KJ, Is there still a role for auditory brainstem response in the diagnosis of acoustic neuroma? Invited article, Arch Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg 

1999 - Wong B, Cervantes W, Doyle KJ, et al External auditory canal exostoses in surfers Arch Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg 1999;125:969.72. 

2000 - Doyle KJ, Rodgers P, Fujikawa S, Newman E. External and middle ear effects on newborn hearing screening tests. Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg 2000;122:477-81 

2000 - Jackson C. Doyle KJ, Shohet J., Robins J, Neruotologic Follow-up after Radiation of Posterior Fossa Tumors. Am J Otology 2000, 21:260 - 4.

2001 - Doyle KJ, Meyskens FL, McLaren C., Shanks J., Galus C. Effects of DFMO chemoprevention on audiometry threshold and difluoromethylornithine (DFMO). Laryngoscope 2001, 127:553-8.

2001 - Doyle KJ. Delayed, reversible hearing loss caused by diflouromethylornithi (DFMO). Laryngoscope 2001: 111: 781 - 5.

2001 - Buckmiller LM, Brodie HA, yole KJ, Nemzek W. Choristoma of theddle ear: A component of a new syndrome? Otology & Neurotology 2001; 22:363 - 8.

2004 - Grandis J, Zamboni G. Wagener M. Miller L, Doyle KJ, NcJubbib S, The gender gap in surgical subspecialty: Analysis of career and lifestyle factors. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2004; 130: 695 - 702.

2004 - Doyle KJ, Kong YY, Strobel K, Dallaire P, Ray RM. Neonatal middle ear effusion predicts chronic otitis media with effusion. Otology & Neurotology 2004; 25: 318 -22.

2004 - Rosenfeld RM, Culpepper L, Doyle KJ, Grundfast KM, Hoberman A, Kenna MA, Lieberthal AS, Mahoney M, Wahl RA, Woods CR, Yawn B. Clinical Practice Guideline: Otitis media with effusion. Otolaryngology Head Neck Surg 2004;130(5Suppl):S95-S118.

2004 - DFMO-induced hearing loss across wide frequency range. Smith M, Doyle KJ, Tinling SP. Laryngoscope, 2004;114:1113-17.

2004 - Doyle KJ, et al. Intratympanic steroid treatment: A review. Otology and Neurotology 2004;25:1034-9.

2005 - Nie L, Feng W, Diaz R, Gratton MA, Doyle KJ, Yamoah EN. Functional consequences of inhibition of polyamine synthesis by DFMO: Cellular mechanisms for DFMO-mediated ototoxicity. Accepted, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2005.


Book Chapters & Books Edited

1994 - Doyle KJ, Broderson, B, Anesthesia in Neurotology. Chapter 39 in Jackler RK, Brackmann DE (eds), Neurotology. New York: Mosby; 1994;701-12.

1994 - Neely JG, Doyle KJ, Facial Nerve and Intracranial Complications of Otitis Media. Chapter 48 in Jackler RK, Brackmann DE (eds), Neurotology. New York: Mosby, 1994;905-18.

1994 - De la Cruz A, Doyle KJ, Epidermoids of the Cerebellopontine Angle. Chapter 44 in Jackler RK, Brackmann DE (eds), Neurotology. New York: Mosby, 1994;823-34. (co-author, second edition, published 2004.)

1997 - House WF, Doyle KJ, The Translabyrinthine Approach to Acoustic Neuroma. Chapter 150 in Bailey B et al. (eds) Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1996;394-97.

1997 - Doyle KJ, Broderson B, Anesthetic considerations. Chapter 9 in House WF, Luetje CM, Doyle KJ, Acoustic Tumors: Diagnosis and Management . 2nd edition. San Diego: Singular Press, 1997.

1997 - Nelson R, Doyle KJ, Neurofibromatosis II. Chapter 21 in House WF, Luetje CM, Doyle KJ, Acoustic Tumors: Diagnosis and Management. 2nd edition. San Diego: Singular Press, 1997.

1997 - House WF, Luetje CM, Doyle KJ (Eds.) Acoustic Tumors: Diagnosis and Management . 2nd edition. San Diego: Singular Press, 1997.

1998 - Doyle, KJ, Pediatric Tumors of the Temporal Bone. In Lalwani A and Grundfast KM (eds) Pediatric Otology/Neurotology . Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1998.

2000 - Doyle KJ, Choristomas, Dermoids, and Teratomas of the Temporal Bone. In Jackler RK and Driscoll C, Tumors of the Ear and Temporal Bone. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 2000.

1999 - Doyle KJ, Contributor. In Syms, De la Cruz, Arriage (eds) Otolaryngology: Self-Assesment and Board Review. New York: Thieme, 1999 (In Press).
-Doyle KJ. Auditory Neuropathy and Central Auditory Processing Disorders. In De la Cruz and Arriaga M (Eds), Essentials of Neurotology. (In Press).

2000 - Doyle KJ. Otologic diagnosis and treatment following newborn hearing screening. Seminars in Hearing. Vol 21:4, 389-97,2000.

2003 - Doyle KJ, Ray RM. The otolaryngologist's role in management of hearing loss in infancy and childhood. Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews 9:94-102 (2003).

2003 - Doyle KJ, Ge N. Surgery for congenital cholesteatoma. In Haberman R (ed) Middle Ear and Mastoid Surgery. New York: Thieme, 2003 (In Press).

2003 - Doyle KJ. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology. Audiology Issue. Editor, 2001, 2002, and 2003.

2005 - Doyle KJ. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology. Hearing Science Issue. Editor, 2004.
Rafii A, Doyle KJ. Common classes of drugs used in otolaryngology. Chapter 5 in Campbell K (ed) Pharmacology and Ototoxicity for Audiologists. Thomson Delman Learning, 2005. (In Press).

2003 - Diaz RC, Dou H, Chu H, Ingalla EQ, Tamse CT, Vazquez AE, Cardell EL, Lingrel J, Shull GE, Brodie HA, Doyle KJ, Yamoah EN. Crosstalk between Na-K-ATPase and Na-K-2Cl Cotransporter revealed by genetic engineering. ARO Abstracts, #63, 2003.

2004 - Nie L, Feng W, Diaz RC, Doyle KJ, Gratton MA, Yamoah EN. DFMO-induced ototoxicity may be derived from drug-mediated effects on the inward rectifier Kir4.1 channel in the inner ear. ARO Abstracts, #698, 2004.

Education materials

2004 - Slide Lecture Series: Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss. American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 2004. (first author: Carol MacArthur, M.D.)

2004 - Otolaryngology Resident On-line Study Guide Module. Otosclerosis. American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 2004.

2004 - Otolaryngology Resident On-line Study Guide Module. Acoustic Neuroma. American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 2004.

" Fourty peer reviewed journal articles in the otolaryngology literature on ear related topics, twelve book chapters, co-editor of textbook Acoustic Neuroma: Diagnosis and Management, Singular Publications, 1997.


Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Mailing address:

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
Sacramento, CA 95817

Cleft Lip/Palate:

(916) 734-2452

Audiology & Speech Appointments:

(916) 734-5400

Facial Plastic Surgery Appointments:

(916) 734-2347

Dental Appointments:

(916) 734-5429

Reflux Clinic Appointments:

(916) 734-4076

Clinic Appointments:

(916) 734-5400