Daniel A. Carlton, MD

Daniel A. Carlton

Rhinologist & Skull Base Surgeon

Dr. Carlton is a board-certified Otolaryngologist-Head & Neck surgeon specializing in disorders of the sinuses and skull base. He has a particular interest in the medical and surgical treatment of chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps and underwent advanced training in minimally invasive surgical treatment of both benign and cancerous tumors of the sinuses and skull base. In 2023, he was named a Castle Connelly “Top Doctor” in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. He has published multiple book chapters and research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Carlton grew up outside Chicago and attended Cornell University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics. He returned to Chicago to earn his medical degree at The University of Chicago and subsequently completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. During residency, Dr. Carlton developed a particular interest in the treatment of diseases of the nose, sinuses and skull base. He went on to complete a one-year fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center before joining Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat in 2019.


Chronic Sinusitis, Nasal Polyps, Benign and Malignant Sinonasal Tumors, CSF Leaks

Undergraduate Degree:

Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Medical Degree(s):

University of Chicago, Doctor of Medicine


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Internship/Residency in Internal Medicine


Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, KS

Certifications & Affiliations:

  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • American Rhinologic Society


  • Carlton DA, Chiu AG. Do Preoperative Corticosteroids Benefit Patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyposis? The Laryngoscope. Accepted for publication.
  • Perez E, Carlton D, Alfarano M, Smouha E. Transmastoid Repair of Spontaneous Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B: Skull Base. 2018 Jan 11.
  • Carlton DA, Perez EE, Smouha EE. Malignant external otitis: The shifting treatment paradigm. American journal of otolaryngology. 2018 Jan 1;39(1):41-5.
  • Yang A, Carlton DA, Hamula C, Patel G, Iloreta AM. First prospectively identified case of Candida auris in the United States. Otolaryngology Case Reports. 2017 Nov 1;5:6-7.
  • Carlton DA, Govindaraj S. Anesthesia for functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 2017 Feb 1;25(1):24-9.
  • Carlton DA, Iloreta AMC, and Chandrasekhar SS. Endoscopic-assisted transmastoid decompression of petrous apex cholesterol granuloma. The Laryngoscope. 2016 Jul 7.
  • Perez E, Hachem RA, Carlton DA, Bueno I, Vernon S, Van De Water TR, Angeli SI. Comparison of packing material in an animal model of middle ear trauma. American Journal of Otolaryngology. 2016;37(4):323-329.
  • Carlton DA, Kocherginsky, M, Langerman, AJ. 2015. A systematic review of the quality of randomized controlled trials in head and neck oncology surgery. The Laryngoscope. 2015;125(1):146-152.
  • Sargis RM, Neel BA, Brock CO, Lin Y, Hickey AT, Carlton DA, Brady, MJ. 2012. The novel endocrine disruptor tolylfluanid impairs insulin signaling in primary rodent and human adipocytes through a reduction in insulin receptor substrate-1 levels. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Molecular Basis of Disease. 2012;1822(6):952-960.
  • Carlton DA, Beahm DD, Suh J, Chiu AG. Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis. In: Lalwani, A (editor), Current Diagnosis & Treatment Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 4th edition (in press).
  • Carlton DA, Govindaraj S. Acute Frontal Sinusitis. In: Sindwani, R (editor), Otolaryngology Clinical Case Studies: Oral Board Exam Review. (2017, in press).
  • Carlton DA, Ho YH, Rosenberg JR. Nasal Obstruction. In: Genden, EM (editor), The Mount Sinai Expert Guides: Otolaryngology. (2016, in press).
  • Perez E, Carlton DA, Smouha EE. Vertigo. In Weisbrot DM Synopsis of Neurological and
    Psychiatric Complications of Systemic Disease: (2016, in press).


Dr. Carlton enjoys hiking and skiing with his wife and two children and is an avid cyclist.


  • Roseville (Medical Plaza Dr)