Otolaryngology (ENT)


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Other Languages

Portuguese, Spanish

Medical School

University of Michigan Medical School


Emory University School of Medicine


Emory University School of Medicine


House Ear Institute

Board Certifications

Neurotology, Otolaryngology (ENT)




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 her 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 expert Dr. Derald Brackmann. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, 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 7 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 also has a particular interest in children with cochlear malformations and abnormalities of the hearing and balance nerves and how these impact cochlear implant outcomes. 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.


Front-line and second-line treatment for mantle cell lymphoma in clinical practice: A multicenter retrospective analysis.
Harmanen M, Sorigue M, Khan M, Prusila R, Klaavuniemi T, Kari E, Jantunen E, Sunela K, Rajamäki A, Alanne E, Kuitunen H, Jukkola A, Sancho JM, Kuittinen O, Rönkä A

Real-world Data: MCL2 Protocol Demonstrates Excellent Treatment Results Among Patients With Mantle Cell Lymphoma Not Fulfilling the Original Trial Inclusion Criteria.
Harmanen M, Klaavuniemi T, Sorigue M, Khan M, Prusila R, Kari E, Alanne E, Rajamäki A, Sunela K, Jukkola A, Jantunen E, Sancho JM, Ketola S, Kuitunen H, Selander T, Rönkä A, Kuittinen O

Survival of patients with mantle cell lymphoma in the rituximab era: Retrospective binational analysis between 2000 and 2020.
Harmanen M, Hujo M, Sund R, Sorigue M, Khan M, Prusila R, Klaavuniemi T, Kari E, Jantunen E, Sunela K, Rajamäki A, Alanne E, Kuitunen H, Sancho JM, Jukkola A, Rönkä A, Kuittinen O

Can Imaging Predict Hearing Outcomes in Children With Cochleovestibular Nerve Abnormalities?
Kari E, Gillard DM, Chuang N, Go JL

Exploring Factors Responsible for Delay in Pediatric Cochlear Implantation.
DeVries J, Ren Y, Purdy J, Carvalho D, Kari E

Factors Associated With Unilateral Hearing Loss and Impact on Communication in US Adults.
Choi JS, Wu F, Park S, Friedman RA, Kari E, Volker CCJ

Trend correlations for coastal eutrophication and its main local and whole-sea drivers - Application to the Baltic Sea.
Vigouroux G, Kari E, Beltrán-Abaunza JM, Uotila P, Yuan D, Destouni G

Testis-Specific Thioredoxins TXNDC2, TXNDC3, and TXNDC6 Are Expressed in Both Testicular and Systemic DLBCL and Correlate with Clinical Disease Presentation.
Chan MC, Savela J, Ollikainen RK, Teppo HR, Miinalainen I, Pirinen R, Kari EJM, Kuitunen H, Turpeenniemi-Hujanen T, Kuittinen O, Kuusisto MEL

Successful treatment of highly recurrent facial baroparesis in a frequent high-altitude traveler: a case report.
Caffrey JP, Adams JW, Costantino I, Klepper K, Kari E, Brown LA

Thioredoxin-1 as a biological predictive marker for selecting diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients for etoposide-containing treatment.
Kari EJM, Kuusisto MEL, Honkavaara P, Hakalahti A, Haapasaari KM, Bloigu R, Karihtala P, Teppo HR, Pirinen R, Turpeenniemi-Hujanen T, Kuittinen O

Abnormal cochleovestibular anatomy and imaging: Lack of consistency across quality of images, sequences obtained, and official reports.
Gillard DM, Chuang NA, Go JL, Kari E

Genes Implicated in Rare Congenital Inner Ear and Cochleovestibular Nerve Malformations.
Kari E, Llaci L, Go JL, Naymik M, Knowles JA, Leal SM, Rangasamy S, Huentelman MJ, Liang W, Friedman RA, Schrauwen I

A de novo SIX1 variant in a patient with a rare nonsyndromic cochleovestibular nerve abnormality, cochlear hypoplasia, and bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.
Kari E, Llaci L, Go JL, Naymik M, Knowles JA, Leal SM, Rangasamy S, Huentelman MJ, Friedman RA, Schrauwen I

Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Healthy and Aphid-Stressed Scots Pine Emissions.
Faiola CL, Pullinen I, Buchholz A, Khalaj F, Ylisirniö A, Kari E, Miettinen P, Holopainen JK, Kivimäenpää M, Schobesberger S, Yli-Juuti T, Virtanen A

Peroxiredoxin 6 Serum Levels and Risk of Neutropenic Infections in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma.
Kari EJM, Kuusisto MEL, Böhm J, Haapasaari KM, Teppo HR, Karihtala P, Hakalahti A, Turpeenniemi-Hujanen T, Kuittinen O

Standardization of the Punch Technique for the Implantation of Bone Anchored Auditory Devices: Evaluation of the MIPS Surgical Set.
Kim HHS, Kari E, Copeland BJ, Moore GF, Shaia WT, Cosetti MK, Wazen JJ, Wanna GB, Chang CJ

Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factors 1 and 2 are able to define the worst prognosis group among high-risk diffuse large B cell lymphomas treated with R-CHOEP.
Kari E, Teppo HR, Haapasaari KM, Kuusisto MEL, Lemma A, Karihtala P, Pirinen R, Soini Y, Jantunen E, Turpeenniemi-Hujanen T, Kuittinen O

De novo variants in GREB1L are associated with non-syndromic inner ear malformations and deafness.
Schrauwen I, Kari E, Mattox J, Llaci L, Smeeton J, Naymik M, Raible DW, Knowles JA, Crump JG, Huentelman MJ, Friedman RA

Terpene Composition Complexity Controls Secondary Organic Aerosol Yields from Scots Pine Volatile Emissions.
Faiola CL, Buchholz A, Kari E, Yli-Pirilä P, Holopainen JK, Kivimäenpää M, Miettinen P, Worsnop DR, Lehtinen KEJ, Guenther AB, Virtanen A

Prevalence of Hearing Loss and Hearing Care Use Among Asian Americans: A Nationally Representative Sample.
Choi JS, Kari E, Friedman RA, Fisher LM

Abnormal Cochleovestibular Anatomy and Hearing Outcomes: Pediatric Patients with a Questionable Cochleovestibular Nerve Status May Benefit from Cochlear Implantation and/or Hearing Aids.
Kari E, Go JL, Loggins J, Emmanuel N, Fisher LM

Recognizing malleus fracture in a woman with a head injury after a fall.
Choi JS, Tu N, Go JL, Kari E

Compound heterozygous mutations in MASP1 in a deaf child with absent cochlear nerves.
Kari E, Schrauwen I, Llaci L, Fisher LM, Go JL, Naymik M, Knowles JA, Huentelman MJ, Friedman RA

Factors controlling the evaporation of secondary organic aerosol from α-pinene ozonolysis.
Yli-Juuti T, Pajunoja A, Tikkanen OP, Buchholz A, Faiola C, Väisänen O, Hao L, Kari E, Peräkylä O, Garmash O, Shiraiwa M, Ehn M, Lehtinen K, Virtanen A

Effect of Pellet Boiler Exhaust on Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from α-Pinene.
Kari E, Hao L, Yli-Pirilä P, Leskinen A, Kortelainen M, Grigonyte J, Worsnop DR, Jokiniemi J, Sippula O, Faiola CL, Virtanen A

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