Ashley E. Kita, MD

Ashley E. Kita, MD

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Primary Location
Torrance Head & Neck Surgery
23550 Hawthorne Boulevard
Suite 180
Torrance, California 90505


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.




Medical Board Certification

Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology, 2021


UCLA School of Medicine, 2020


UCLA School of Medicine, MD, 2015


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology CORE Grant Reviewer, 2020
  • UCLA Health Innovation Challenge Winner, 2019
  • UCLA Med Tech Challenge Winner, 2019
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Hospital Affiliations

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



  1. Kita A, Saldate J, Hoffman L. Drug-eluting scaffold as programmable reservoirs for targeted inner ear pharmacotherapy. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020. Accepted Aug. 2020.
  2. Upton M, Kita A, Scapa J, St. John M. Prognostic value of tumor staging: Predicting nodal metastases in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Laryngoscope. 2020. PMID: 32212346
  3. Bradbury DW, Kita AE, Hirota K, St John MA, Kamei DT. Rapid diagnostic test kit for point-of-care cerebrospinal fluid leak detection. SLAS Technol. 2020;25(1):67-74. PMID: 31544595
  4. Kita A, Kim I, Ishiyama G, Ishiyama A. Perilymphatic fistula after penetrating ear trauma. Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2019;3(2):115-118. PMID: 31061965
  5. Kita A, Bradbury DW, Taylor ZD, Kamei DT, St John MA. Point-of-Care cerebrospinal fluid detection. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;159(5):824-829. PMID: 30040545
  6. Merna C, Kita A, Wester J, Diaz-Aguilar D, Goldstein JD, Diaz FP, Blackwell K, St. John MS. Intraosseous mucoepidermoid carcinoma: Outcome Review. Laryngoscope. 2018;128(5):1083-1092. PMID: 28833169
  7. Kita A and Long J. Hemangioma. Ear Nose Throat J. 2016;95(1):19-20. PMID: 26829680
  8. Kuan EC, Peng KA, Kita AE, Bergsneider M, Wang MB. Acromegaly: otolaryngic manifestations following pituitary surgery. Am J Otolaryngol. 2015;36(4):521-5. PMID: 25794787
  9. Kita A, Bhuta S, Wang M. Worsening headache and nasal congestion. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141(4):387-8. PMID: 25611752
  10. Peng KA, Kita AE, Suh JD, Bhuta SM, Wang MB. Sinonasal lymphoma: case series and review of the literature. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014;4(8):670-4. PMID: 24760602

Link to Dr. Kita's PubMed >


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology CORE Grant Reviewer, 2020
  • UCLA Health Innovation Challenge Winner, 2019
  • UCLA Med Tech Challenge Winner, 2019
  • Academic Chief Resident, 2019
  • American Hearing Research Foundation Grant, 2019
  • Los Angeles Research Study Club Resident Research Presentation, First Place, 2019
  • UCLA Emergency Department Consultant of the Semester, Fall 2017
  • Academy of Otolaryngology Resident Research Award CORE Grant, 2016
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2014
  • Viola G. Hyde Scholarship Fund Research Award, 2014
  • Letter of Distinction - Family Medicine, Neurology, Systems Based Healthcare, 2014
  • American Society of Hematology Trainee Research Award, 2011
  • Associated Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Competition National Winner, 2008