Carol J. MacArthur M.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Pediatric Otolaryngologist

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (292 Ratings, 74 Comments)


  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

Special focus on

  • Hemangiomas and Vascular Birthmarks
  • Otolaryngology Surgery (Pediatric)
  • Otolaryngology/ENT (Pediatric)
  • Sleep Disorders Surgery (Pediatric)
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency


  • B.A., Occidental College, Los Angeles California 1979
  • M.D., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles California 1984
  • Internship:

    • Intern, General Surgery, 1984-1985
  • Fellowship:

    • Pediatric Otolaryngology, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1990-1991
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Otolaryngology, 1990


Dr. MacArthur joined the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at OHSU in 2002. She came from Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the University of California, Irvine in Orange, California where she was in practice from 1991-2002. Dr. MacArthur completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts before beginning her practice in 1991. She completed her training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of California, Davis. She received her medical degree at UCLA and undergraduate degree in chemistry at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. MacArthur has a strong clinical interest in the treatment of hemangiomas and vascular birthmarks. She co-founded the hemangioma and vascular birthmarks team at OHSU in 2003. This team provides multidisciplinary care to children and adults with complex hemangiomas and vascular birthmarks, offering the most up-to-date treatment options, both medical and surgical and via interventional radiology. 

She is an active mentor to students and residents. She is chief of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology here at OHSU and is starting a fellowship program to train future leaders in this field. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, is active in editorial review activities for several medical journals and granting agencies. She serves on numerous committees to support the OHSU institution in Professionalism, faculty council and as co-chair of the Committee on Committees. She also serves on the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Task Forces on fellowship, vascular birthmarks, research, voice, and recurrent respiratory papillomas. 

In addition, from 2005-2014, Dr. MacArthur was funded through the NIH as a co-investigator with Dennis Trune, Ph.D. to study the inner ear impact of chronic middle ear inflammation (mouse model), steroid responsive mechanisms in the ear (mouse model), and the genetic susceptibility to otitis media –candidate genes. She also received a grant from the National Organization for Hearing Research (NOHR) in 2011 to study the genetic variation in the immune system to otitis media. She collaborates with an international group interested in the genetics of chronic otitis media including research teams from the UK, Finland, Pittsburgh and Australia on this effort. She has recently received a grant from the  "Action on Hearing Loss" Foundation in 2015 to continue the genetic investigation of chronic otitis media.

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  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (292 Ratings, 74 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Friendly, courteous and efficient

  • Jun 28, 2019

    I had a great experience here

  • Jun 14, 2019

    She was friendly and answered any questions we had. She updated me right after the surgery to let me know things had gone well.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    Provided excellent care and explained everything very clearly. Took the time to answer all of our questions and make sure we were ok with everything.

  • Jun 07, 2019

    Everyone was so informative and knowledgeable about our sons surgery!! We love being updated and how great they took care of our son!! We always will choose to go to Doernbecher and love the staff!

  • May 28, 2019

    Professional, competent, a bit perfunctory

  • May 24, 2019

    Quick, easy, and well informed.

  • May 20, 2019

    Very knowledgeable. Calm, grounding presence. Authoritative while 100% in partnership with us the parents. Reassuring to our anxieties and answered all our questions. Performed the procedure quickly, and kept us informed.

  • May 20, 2019

    We absolutely loved our time up at Doernbecher. Our son was treated with dignity and respect and he was cared very well for a while. We were there the doctors and nurses were extremely wonderful in working with him and making us feel comfortable.

  • May 17, 2019


  • May 14, 2019

    Everyone was so friendly, informative, and patient with us. We had a wonderful experience!

  • May 13, 2019

    She always explains everything and makes sure we understand what's going on. She is a great doctor.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    The provider was okay, but the nurse training so probably not tried to do my daughter's IV now she has higher anxiety in order to get an IV done.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    all care was wonderful

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Dr. MacArthur was very informative, very, very kind, she really knows what is going on, she made us feel comfortable. We're really happy with our experience.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    She was quick with the procedure and very thoroughly explained everything that was important, making us feel confident that our baby was well taken care of.

  • Apr 21, 2019

    Very pleasant medical professionals.

  • Apr 21, 2019

    She was great! Friendly and thorough!

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Wonderful experience- appreciated the pager with updates from my child’s surgery and the staff, nurses and doctors were phenomenal!

  • Apr 06, 2019

    Great Doctors

  • Apr 05, 2019

    She is very pleasant and comes across as caring and competent.

  • Mar 30, 2019

    She was very informative and I really liked that she took the time to explain things to my 7 year old son and even asked him if he had any questions.

  • Mar 29, 2019

    She was very prompt, took the time to ensure that we understood everything, and handled everything with great expertise and professionalism.

  • Mar 28, 2019

    I trusted her with my son. She was easy to talk to and very informative.

  • Mar 28, 2019

    Our experience today Doermbecher was absolutely amazing and I would recommend anyone to the facility for their children.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    We were not impressed! She did not seem to have experience or knowledge about children with multiple disabilities. She was very rushed and not very helpful.

  • Mar 17, 2019

    Yes, our whole experience as a whole was very good. [Name] was comfortable. The doctors were very informative and they took care of us from the very beginning. We appreciated that. Thank you.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    She was very kind, straightforward and professional.

  • Mar 03, 2019

    She is attentive to every detail and easy to work with.

  • Feb 28, 2019

    Very good doctors and staff. Excellent service. Thank you!

  • Feb 27, 2019

    Dr Mccarthur is fantastic

  • Feb 14, 2019

    They were all very attentive and helpful.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Everyone was just amazing and so great with our daughter. Everyone made sure we understood everything, answered all questions in plain language. The nurses were absolutely perfect very attentive and friendly. Thank you for everything and appreciate all your hard work for our little one.

  • Jan 28, 2019

    The doctor was thorough, very explanatory, and was very understanding of the situation.

  • Jan 28, 2019

    The (INAUDIBLE) great experience with us Dr. I will do highly recommend her to any of my friends Thank you so much.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    She was knowledgeable but not overly warm and inviting.

  • Jan 24, 2019

    Great team approach to holding vascular clinic

  • Jan 19, 2019

    We really appreciated Dr. Macarthur and we felt like he was in very safe hands in her care and she did an absolutely excellent job.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    I just want to say that I was really past two weeks away.

  • Jan 08, 2019

    She explained things in a way to where myself or fam could understand.

  • Dec 30, 2018

    Dr. MacArthur is a very confident and confident as a caring provider and that provided exceptional care those in office as well as on surgery day for our set.

  • Dec 29, 2018

    Appreciated the clarity and communication provided

  • Dec 29, 2018

    Dr MacArthur seemed knowledgeable and willing to thoroughly answer our questions. The procedure went fine.

  • Dec 29, 2018

    Dr. Macarthur was amazing, She was super professional and she didn't make us come back for unneeded things. She saw what she needed and got my son's surgery scheduled right away and took it very seriously and it didn't make me feel like I was crazy.

  • Dec 28, 2018

    She was professional, informative and kind to my 6 year old.

  • Dec 17, 2018

    We have always felt at ease with Dr MacAurther. She explains everything in a way we can understand and has been great with our son.

  • Dec 04, 2018

    Very friendly, respected my concerns without making me feel crazy.

  • Nov 30, 2018

    She was informative, went into greater detail of risks and options. She personally followed up with us after surgery.

  • Nov 20, 2018

    Dr. MacArthur is always attentive to my concerns about my son's ears. She discusses his treatment rather than just telling me what she is going to do.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    She was kind and caring. She took plenty of time to make my child feel comfortable and answer my questions honestly.