Kara D. Meister, MD

Specialty: Otolaryngology
Affiliation: Stanford University Medical Center
Telephone: (650) 724-4800

About Dr. Meister

Kara D. Meister, MD, is a pediatric otolaryngologist and head & neck surgeon. She received her medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina and completed her otolaryngology residency at University of Pittsburgh. She completed a NIH funded fellowship in head and neck research at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Meister then went on to complete a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department Otolaryngology, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, at Stanford University. Dr. Meister’s research interest involves understanding the use of technology to diagnose and treat pediatric patients. Her clinical interests include treatment of patients with head and neck masses including thyroid nodules and cancer. She is a co-director of the Pediatric Thyroid Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.


Education and Training
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine graduated 2011
Residency in Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; 2017
Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University; 2018
Current Academic Appointment
Clinical Assistant Professor Pediatric Thyroid Center, Co-Director Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Pediatrics Stanford University – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Board Certification
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Adam T. Ross, MD, Leadership Excellence Grant 2017
Women in Otolaryngology Section Exemplary Senior Trainee Award 2016


Pediatric Thyroid Center, Mary L. Johnson Specialty Clinics, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford University
730 Welch Rd
1st Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Services – Los Gatos
14601 S. Bascom Ave
Suite 200
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Physician Referrals: Phone: (800) 995-5724. Fax: (650) 721-2884



Dr. Meister is currently accepting new patients.

Appointment Hours:

Monday Los Gatos: (650) 724-4800
Friday Palo Alto: (650) 724-4800


Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Registry & Tissue Bank

Pediatric Thyroid Ultrasound and Deep Learning



Selected Publications

Meister KD, Bonilla Velez J, Vila P, Sebelik M, Orloff L.  Current experience of ultrasound training in otolaryngology residency programs.  Journal of Ultrasound Medicine.  Accepted, publication pending.

Carredera E, Davis KS, Simons JP, Jabbour N. What parents are reading about laryngomalacia:  quality and readability of internet resources on laryngomalacia.  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 May;108:175-179. PMID:  29605350

TMEM16A/ANO1 suppression improves response to antibody-mediated targeted therapy of EGFR and HER2/ERBB2. Kulkarni S, Bill A, Godse NR, Khan NI, Kass JI, Steehler K, Kemp C, Davis K, Bertrand CA, Vyas AR, Holt DE, Grandis JR, Gaither LA, Duvvuri U.  Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 2017 Jun;56(6):460-471. doi: 10.1002/gcc.22450. Epub 2017 Apr 3. PMID: 28177558

Clinical Practice Guideline: Improving Nasal Form and Function after Rhinoplasty Executive Summary.  Ishii LE, Tollefson TT, Basura GJ, Rosenfeld RM, Abramson PJ, Chaiet SR, Davis KS, Doghramji K, Farrior EH, Finestone SA, Ishman SL, Murphy RX Jr, Park JG, Setzen M, Strike DJ, Walsh SA, Warner JP, Nnacheta LC. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Feb;156(2):205-219. doi: 10.1177/0194599816683156.  PMID: 28145848

Clinical Practice Guideline: Improving Nasal Form and Function after Rhinoplasty. Ishii LE, Tollefson TT, Basura GJ, Rosenfeld RM, Abramson PJ, Chaiet SR,Davis KS, Doghramji K, Farrior EH, Finestone SA, Ishman SL, Murphy RX Jr, Park JG, Setzen M, Strike DJ, Walsh SA, Warner JP, Nnacheta LC. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Feb;156(2_suppl):S1-S30. doi: 10.1177/0194599816683153. PMID: 28145823

What might parents read: Sorting webs of online information on vascular anomalies. Davis KS, McCormick AA, Jabbour N.  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Feb;93:63-67. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2016.12.004. Epub 2016 Dec 3. PMID: 28109499    

Association of pretreatment body mass index and survival in human papillomavirus positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma.  Albergotti WG, Davis KS, Abberbock S, Bauman JE, Ohr J, Clump DA, Heron DE, Duvvuri U, Kim S, Johnson JT, Ferris RL. Oral Oncol. 2016 Sep;60:55-60. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2016.07.003. Epub 2016 Jul 7. PMID: 27531873

The Pursuit of Otolaryngology Subspecialty Fellowships. Wilson MN, Vila PM, Cohen DS, Carter JM, Lawlor CM, Davis KS, Raol NP. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Jun;154(6):1027-33. doi: 10.1177/0194599816639038. Epub 2016 Mar 29. PMID: 27026739

Intraoperative Image Guidance Improves Outcomes in Complex Orbital Reconstruction by Novice Surgeons. Davis KS, Vosler PS, Yu J, Wang EW.  J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2016 Jul;74(7):1410-5. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2016.02.023. Epub 2016 Mar 3. PMID: 27019413 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] 

 Tumor volume as a predictor of survival in human papillomavirus-positive oropharyngeal cancer. Davis KS, Lim CM, Clump DA, Heron DE, Ohr JP, Kim S, Duvvuri U, Johnson JT, Ferris RL. Head Neck. 2016 Apr;38 Suppl 1:E1613-7. doi: 10.1002/hed.24287. Epub 2015 Dec 17. PMID: 26681273 

A prospective phase 2 trial of reirradiation with stereotactic body radiation therapy plus cetuximab in patients with previously irradiated recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Vargo JA, Ferris RL, Ohr J, Clump DA, Davis KS, Duvvuri U, Kim S, Johnson JT, Bauman JE, Gibson MK, Branstetter BF, Heron DE.  Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Mar 1;91(3):480-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2014.11.023. PMID:25680594 

Stereotactic body radiotherapy for recurrent oropharyngeal cancer – influence of HPV status and smoking history. Davis KS, Vargo JA, Ferris RL, Burton SA, Ohr JP, Clump DA, Heron DE. Oral Oncol. 2014 Nov;50(11):1104-8. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2014.08.004. Epub 2014 Aug 28. PMID: 25175942  

Multi-institutional investigation of the prognostic value of lymph nodel yield in advanced-stage oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma. Jaber JJ, Zender CA, Mehta V, Davis K, Ferris RL, Lavertu P, Rezaee R, Feustel PJ, Johnson JT.  Head Neck. 2014 Oct;36(10):1446-52. doi: 10.1002/hed.23475. Epub 2014 Jan 13. PMID: 24038739 

Occult Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Utility of Discovering Primary Lesions. Davis KS, Byrd JK, Mehta V, Chiosea SI, Kim S, Ferris RL, Johnson JT, Duvvuri U. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Aug;151(2):272-8. doi: 10.1177/0194599814533494. Epub 2014 May 8. PMID: 24812081 

Transoral Robotic Surgery and the Unknown Primary: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Byrd JK, Smith KJ, de Almeida JR, Albergotti WG, Davis KS, Kim SW, Johnson JT, Ferris RL, Duvvuri U. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Jun;150(6):976-82. doi: 10.1177/0194599814525746. Epub 2014 Mar 11. PMID: 24618502

External validity reporting in behavioral treatment of childhood obesity: a systematic review. Klesges LM, Williams NA, Davis KS, Buscemi J, Kitzmann KM. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Feb;42(2):185-92. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2011.10.014. Review. PMID: 22261216  

Pathology quiz case 3. Heterotopic gastric mucosa (inlet patch). Davis KS, Welsh CT, Hawes RH, Gillespie MB. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Aug;137(8):831; author reply 834-5. doi: 10.1001/archoto.2011.128-a. PMID: 21844423 

Murine complement deficiency ameliorates acute cigarette smoke-induced nasal damage. Davis KS, Casey SE, Mulligan JK, Mulligan RM, Schlosser RJ, Atkinson C. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jul;143(1):152-8. doi: 10.1016/j.otohns.2010.02.022. Epub 2010 May 21. PMID: 20620635