Carla Valenzuela, MD

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Personal Statement: I chose Wash U because it stood out to me as a place that would challenge me academically and clinically throughout my training as a surgeon and physician-scientist. The environment at Wash U is unparalleled in terms of opportunities to grow professionally. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the residents and faculty, and the diverse patient population increases the breadth of the learning experience. My research interests are focused on using electrophysiologic tools to detect endolymphatic hydrops and investigating the use of electrocochleography as a tool to predict cochlear implant performance.  Outside the hospital, I love swimming, running in Forest Park, spending time with  my friends and exploring St. Louis.


Undergraduate: University of Maryland Baltimore County, BS Biological Sciences, summa cum laude, 2010

Medical School: Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 2015


  • CORE Resident Research Grant, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, 2018-2019
  • Board of Governors Resident Governor, Section for Residents and Fellows, AAO-HNS, 2016-2018
  • Board of Governors Legislative Affairs Representative, Section for Residents and Fellows, AAO-HNS, 2015
  • David L. Zealear Ph.D. Otolaryngology Scholar–Initiative Award, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 2015
  • National Chair, Association of Women Surgeons Medical Student Committee, 2014
  • Sharpest Scalpel Teaching Award, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 2014
  • NIH-NIDCD Research Supplement Grant to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, 2013
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 2010
  • Goldwater Scholar, Barry M. Goldwater Foundation, United States Congress, 2008
  • Meyerhoff Scholar, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2006


Valenzuela CV, Liu JC, Vila PM, Simon L, Doering M, Lieu JEC. Intranasal Corticosteroids Do Not Lead to Ocular Changes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Laryngoscope. 2018 Sep 19. PMID: 30229924

Koka K, Riggs WJ, Dwyer R, Holder JT, Noble JH, Dawant BM, Ortmann A, Valenzuela CV, Mattingly JK, Harris MM, O'Connell BP, Litvak LM, Adunka OF, Buchman CA, Labadie RF. Intra-Cochlear Electrocochleography During Cochlear Implant Electrode Insertion Is Predictive of Final Scalar Location. Otol Neurotol. 2018 Sep;39(8). PMID: 30113557

Rousseau B, Kojima T, Novaleski CK, Kimball EE, Valenzuela CV, Mizuta M, Daniero JJ, Garrett CG, Sivasankar MP. Recovery of Vocal Fold Epithelium after Acute Phonotrauma. Cells Tissues Organs. 2017;204(2):93-104. PMID: 28647731

Novaleski CK, Kojima T, Chang S, Luo H, Valenzuela CV, Rousseau B. Nonstimulated rabbit phonation model: Cricothyroid approximation. Laryngoscope. 2016 Jul;126(7):1589-94. PMID: 26971861

Valenzuela CV, Newbill CP, Johnston C, Meyer TK. Proliferative laryngitis with airway obstruction in an adult: Consider herpes. Laryngoscope. 2016 Apr;126(4):945-8. PMID: 26297873

Sweeney AD, Osetinsky LM, Carlson ML, Valenzuela CV, Frisch CD, Netterville JL, Link MJ, Driscoll CL, Haynes DS. The Natural History and Management of Petrous Apex Cholesterol Granulomas. Otol Neurotol. 2015 Dec;36(10):1714-9. PMID: 26427636

Sweeney AD, Carlson ML,Valenzuela CV, Wanna GB, Rivas A, Bennett ML, Haynes DS. 228 Cases of cochlear implant receiver-stimulator placement in a tight subperiosteal pocket without fixation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Apr;152(4):712-7. PMID: 25605691.

Valenzuela CV, Kipp A, Ugarte C, Paz J, Echevarria J, Gotuzzo E. HIV stigma as a barrier to receiving HIV care at a general hospital in Lima, Peru: A case-control study. AIDS Behav. 2015 Feb;19(2):235-45. PMID: 25269871.

Kojima T, Valenzuela CV, Novaleski CK, Van Deusen M, Mitchell JR, Garrett CG, Sivasankar MP, Rousseau B. Effects of phonation time and magnitude dose on vocal fold epithelial genes, barrier integrity, and function. Laryngoscope. 2014 Dec;124(12):2770-8. PMID: 25073715.

Nugent BM, Valenzuela CV, Simons TJ, McCarthy MM. Kinases SPAK and OSR1 are upregulated by estradiol and activate NKCC1 in the developing hypothalamus. J. Neurosci. 2012;32(2):593–598. PMID: 22238094.