Ashley Kita, MD

Contributor, General Otolaryngology

Assistant Professor-in-Residence, UCLA Health

Ashley Kita, MD

Dr. Kita attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA after graduating Magna Cum Laude in Engineering from the University of California Berkeley. She chose to study medicine with dreams of translating engineering innovation from the bench to the bedside. While obtaining stellar clinical training during residency at UCLA, she was able to collaborate with numerous colleagues to develop some exciting technologies. She helped create and validate a point-of-care test for cerebrospinal fluid during her first year of residency. In doing so, her team obtained an American Academy of Otolaryngology Resident Research Award, an NIH R21 grant, and won both UCLA's MedTech Challenge and Innovation Challenge in 2019. She also has interests in nerve regeneration and hearing preservation. She received a grant from the American Hearing Research Foundation in 2018 to fund the development of a novel method of reducing the hearing loss associated with platinum-based chemotherapeutics.

Currently, as an Assistant Professor-in-Residence, she is devoted to providing excellent, evidence-based care for patients with general problems of the head and neck while continuing to work innovating the technologies that will improve Otolaryngology in the future. She is also one of the 2020-2021 UCLA Biodesign Fellows.

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Implantable Drug Reservoir Devices for Inner Ear Delivery of Pharmacotherapeutics
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Oct;163(4):791-798. doi: 10.1177/0194599820930229. Epub 2020 Jun 2.
Prognostic Value of Tumor Staging: Predicting Nodal Metastases in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Laryngoscope. 2021 Jan;131(1):E170-E175. doi: 10.1002/lary.28633. Epub 2020 Mar 25.
Rapid Diagnostic Test Kit for Point-of-Care Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Detection
SLAS Technol. 2020 Feb;25(1):67-74. doi: 10.1177/2472630319877377. Epub 2019 Sep 22.
Perilymphatic Fistula After Penetrating Ear Trauma
Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2019 Mar 4;3(2):115-118. doi: 10.5811/cpcem.2019.1.37404. eCollection 2019 May.
Point-of-Care Cerebrospinal Fluid Detection
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Nov;159(5):824-829. doi: 10.1177/0194599818789075. Epub 2018 Jul 24.
Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma: Outcome review
Laryngoscope. 2018 May;128(5):1083-1092. doi: 10.1002/lary.26832. Epub 2017 Aug 22.
Ear Nose Throat J. 2016 Jan;95(1):19-20. doi: 10.1177/014556131609500101.
Acromegaly: otolaryngic manifestations following pituitary surgery
Am J Otolaryngol. 2015 Jul-Aug;36(4):521-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2015.03.001. Epub 2015 Mar 7.
Worsening headache and nasal congestion. Lobular capillary hemangioma
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Apr;141(4):387-8. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2014.3539.
Sinonasal lymphoma: case series and review of the literature
Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014 Aug;4(8):670-4. doi: 10.1002/alr.21337. Epub 2014 Apr 23.
Endothelialized microfluidics for studying microvascular interactions in hematologic diseases
J Vis Exp. 2012 Jun 22;(64):3958. doi: 10.3791/3958.
In vitro modeling of the microvascular occlusion and thrombosis that occur in hematologic diseases using microfluidic technology
J Clin Invest. 2012 Jan;122(1):408-18. doi: 10.1172/JCI58753. Epub 2011 Dec 12.
Microenvironmental geometry guides platelet adhesion and spreading: a quantitative analysis at the single cell level
PLoS One. 2011;6(10):e26437. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0026437. Epub 2011 Oct 20.
Mechanics and contraction dynamics of single platelets and implications for clot stiffening
Nat Mater. 2011 Jan;10(1):61-6. doi: 10.1038/nmat2903. Epub 2010 Dec 5.
Solitary Fibrous Tumors of the Head and Neck: A Single-Institution Study of 52 Patients
OTO Open. 2022 Jul 12;6(3):2473974X221098709. doi: 10.1177/2473974X221098709. eCollection 2022 Jul-Sep.
Nonopioid Combination Formulations
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 Apr;166(4):791. doi: 10.1177/01945998211027349.
Deep Neck Hemangioma Masquerading as a Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor
OTO Open. 2022 Feb 16;6(1):2473974X221075631. doi: 10.1177/2473974X221075631. eCollection 2022 Jan-Mar.
Designing a Prolonged Method of Therapeutic Delivery to Support Rehabilitation From Ototoxic Damage in a Schwann Cell Model
Otol Neurotol. 2023 Apr 1;44(4):373-381. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000003839. Epub 2023 Feb 15.
New Medical Device and Therapeutic Approvals in Otolaryngology: State of the Art Review of 2022
OTO Open. 2024 Jan 22;8(1):e105. doi: 10.1002/oto2.105. eCollection 2024 Jan-Mar.
N-acetylcysteine Microparticles Reduce Cisplatin-induced RSC96 Schwann Cell Toxicity
bioRxiv [Preprint]. 2023 Nov 2:2023.10.31.564430. doi: 10.1101/2023.10.31.564430.
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