Kara Y Detwiller M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor, Oregon Sinus Center

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (89 Ratings, 37 Comments)


  • Otolaryngology (ENT)

Special focus on

  • Allergy and immunology
  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)
  • Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery
  • Nasal and Sinus Surgery
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)


  • M.D., Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover New Hampshire 2009
  • Residency:

    • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Fellowship:

    • Rhinology and Skullbase Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Dr. Kara Detwiller is originally from New England and received a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies and Economics with honors at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.  After working in the information technology field for several years, she decided to pursue a career in medicine.  She graduated with honors from Dartmouth Medical School.  She completed her Otolaryngology residency at OHSU and fellowship training in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago.  She is board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Detwiller works both at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center.  Her clinical practice is focused on nasal and sinus disorders with a particular interest in chronic sinusitis, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, and allergy.   


  • English

Memberships and associations


Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (89 Ratings, 37 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

  • Nov 16, 2019

    Always caring and ready to listen

  • Nov 16, 2019

    Super nice and knowledgeable.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Explained procedure, risks, and follow-up clearly, and I felt confident in her skills.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    Hello. Dr. Detwiller was extremely thorough, took a very long time with me to go over my medical records, really discussed things in detail and took time to understand my whole case and offer her recommendation. Her office assistant was extremely helpful as well as the front desk staff. Overall, I had a very, very pleasant experience.

  • Sep 08, 2019

    Friendly staff, quick check in, short wait time and a Doctor who was fully familiar with my condition and took the time to get to know me.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    She’s knowledgeable in my disease HHT. She did an excellent job on my nose cauterizing. I thought I’d be able n more pain.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    As always, a pleasant experience with Dr. Detwiller. She listens, answers my questions and is concerned.

  • Jul 19, 2019

    Very personable and knowledgeable.

  • Jun 22, 2019

    Completely thorough, knowledgeable, listened, had good recommendations

  • Jun 22, 2019

    Dr. Detwiller is very thorough and great at explaining my medical issues. I appreciate her as my doctor.

  • May 21, 2019

    The Dr. was very informative and caring.

  • May 20, 2019

    She was great. She answered all of my questions very thoroughly and in a way that I can understand and I really appreciate it that about her and I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

  • May 19, 2019

    Dr. Detweiler gave me her full attention and listened to my concerns. She did a careful examination and has recommended that I have a follow-up MRI to rule out any major problems.

  • May 04, 2019

    Dr. Detwiller is a very skilled and knowledgeable doctor in her field. She is sensitive, pleasant, dedicated to her patients and to her work. I would recommend her care to anyone in need of her set of skills.

  • May 04, 2019

    This provider was extremely kind and knowledgeable. One of the best ENT doctors I have ever seen.

  • Apr 20, 2019

    Very knowledgeable and a wonderful personality. It made things a lot better.

  • Apr 08, 2019

    This provider was very understanding. She took time to listen to why I was there in the first place, discussed treatment options with me thoroughly, and answered all my questions.

  • Mar 18, 2019

    This provider was very knowledgeable and she took into consideration. My husband's hearing loss and explain things for will to him. I think she's very capable.

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Very helpful,informative and pleasant

  • Mar 05, 2019

    Kara Detwiller was great. She explained her diagnosis in a easy to understand manner and what the next steps were.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    Excellent service and the doctor took her time to make sure I was treated well..

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Good explanation and knowledgeable

  • Feb 03, 2019

    Dr. Detwiller is very observant and knowledgeable in her specialty. I’m having on ongoing problem with my nose and she has not given up on me. She is very intuitive and interested in solving my sinus problems. I highly recommend her.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    Dr. Kara was very engaging, professional, and thorough in her questions, her answers, and the procedures she laid out.She was very personable and approachable.

  • Jan 20, 2019

    Very complete and knowledgeable discussion of a complex problem.

  • Jan 20, 2019

    Our provider was very attentive and she spent her time with us to explain all the procedures. She was very good to come back after the surgery and explain what had happened and what the care would be afterwards and everything went very smoothly. We were very pleased with the whole experience.

  • Dec 10, 2018

    listen, care and take time

  • Dec 09, 2018

    She was very caring and explained everything in a way that was easy to understand.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    The doctor listens to what I'm concerned about and does a very good job explaining.

  • Oct 21, 2018

    Very professional and the doctor listened to me. Even the reception was attentive and knowledgeable.

  • Oct 21, 2018

    Had luck with scheduling an appointment on the same day and was very happy with it. Doctor was very generous with her time, attentive and skilled. Excellent impression, very happy with her

  • Sep 28, 2018

    Everyone who was involved in my care and treatment at OHSU was very professional and caring. I very much respect all who were involved in my care. Dr. Detwiller is an excellent doctor.

  • Sep 22, 2018

    Dr Detwiller is an excellent, trustworthy doctor. She listens to your concerns and works to resolve them. She remembers all of them and circles back to make sure we?ve addressed what we can. She is calm and thoughtful.

  • Aug 19, 2018

    Dr. Detwiller is an excellent listener, and she has good analytical skills. More importantly, she comes across as a caring individual.

  • Aug 03, 2018

    Very Knowledgeable and friendly.

  • Aug 03, 2018

    My first meeting with Dr. Detwiller went well. OHSU has been varied in its treatment of my sinus issues. I am hopeful that a slightly different approach will be beneficial for me.

  • Jul 22, 2018

    I felt very-well listened to, while I have felt dismissed by all (general practice) doctors I have discussed my issues with in the past. She also gave me plenty of time, not making me feel like I was being rushed out the door. Great experience!

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