• Approximately 2,000 Ear Tube, Tonsil, & Adenoid Surgeries Annually
  • Top Rated #1 by HealthPartners
  • Highest Quality Patient Care in MN
  • Lowest Cost Provider in MN
  • Lowest Complications Rates in MN
  • High Quality + Low Cost = Value

There are other children’s ENT providers, but few provide high quality care while protecting your dollars. At Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, we understand and believe that patients deserve to receive the best value for their loved ones. Our record of providing the highest level of care at the greatest value is proven by our acceptance of awards over the past several years for great patient experience, fulfilling needs, and all at the best value. We have been recognized as exceeding thresholds of efficiency, intensity, quality, and lowest-cost of care. At Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists we provide patients with a cumulative review of their condition, discuss treatment options, associated costs, and decide together how to manage and relieve symptoms. Our acceptance of awards is indicative of our commitment to exceeding levels of healthcare at an individual level at the best value.

  • Highly Educated, Specialized & Trained
  • Exceed Thresholds of Quality Care
  • Personalized & Comprehensive Treatment Plans

Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists is an independent physician-owned practice with the ability to select highly educated, well-experienced providers that allow us to exceed levels of health care at an individual level. Many of the larger health ENT corporations’ providers are only able to utilize the services underneath that of their own building. These other corporations also use hospital-based billing practices that often result in high healthcare costs; often almost three times what independent non-hospital based providers cost. This means tests and exams ordered outside hospital-based clinics usually cost less. Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists healthcare providers are not obligated to use any one source, therefore helping you select the best treatment plan for you and your needs.

For those of our patients who require surgical treatment, our providers have privileges at a range of high quality facilities that include our physician-owned Midwest Surgery Center as well as rights at other facilities including:

  • Midwest Surgery Center – Physician Owned by Midwest ENT Specialists & St. Paul Eye
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Care Hospital
  • HealthEast
  • Allina

At Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, we work together with you to determine your appropriate treatment plan.

Our providers are committed to providing compassionate, high quality care to pediatric patients and their families. Our team handles simple to complex care, offers same-day availability, and does inpatient rounds at affiliated hospitals. Collaboratively, our healthcare providers at Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists has seen over 12,400 Pediatric patients and performed approximately 2,000 Pediatric surgeries concerning tonsils and adenoids, ear tubes and sinuses in the past year.


Dr. Karlen leads the pediatric division and has dedicated his practice to the subspecialty of pediatric otolaryngology with special interest in disorders of the pediatric airway, pediatric head and neck tumors and pediatric otologic problems.


We promise to set the standard of excellence in specialty care and to exceed our patients’ expectations while providing the most innovative medical treatments and procedures in a caring, convenient and accessible manner. Along with our multiple locations, surgery center, and experienced nursing staff; we provide high quality Board Certified Head and Neck Oncology, Facial Plastic Surgery, Rhinology, Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat, and Allergy and Asthma Specialists. Our experienced providers allow us to deliver high quality medical care, service, and safety you have come to expect from Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists. Rest assured that we will continue our tradition as a leader in compassionate, patient-centered, high value care, and setting the standard that exceeds our patients’ expectation in a timely, convenient, and accessible manner.