Dr. Darrell Klotz is an otolaryngologist who practices general/comprehensive adult and pediatric otolaryngology and has subspecialty fellowship training in laryngology (adult voice and swallowing disorders) in the Charlotte, NC area. He also has additional interests in the use of office ultrasound in head and neck disorders as well as minimally-invasive endoscopic treatment of salivary gland disorders (sialendoscopy). He has been with CEENTA since 2006 and practices at Southpark. In his spare time, Dr. Klotz enjoys spending time with his family, trying to keep up with his two children, Mase and Meredith, as well as fly-fishing and mountain biking.

Dr. Klotz practices in our SouthPark (6035 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC) office. To make an appointment with him, you may do so online or through myCEENTAchart.

Education & Fellowship

Bucknell University, 1991

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1995

Surgery, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1996

Otolaryngology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2001

Laryngology/Voice Disorders, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2002

Associations & Memberships

Board Certified by:
- American Board of Otolaryngology

Member of:
- American Academy of Otolaryngology, Fellow
- American College of Surgeons, Fellow
- North Carolina Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
- Charlotte Otolaryngology Society
- Mecklenburg County Medical Society
- North Carolina Medical Society

Clinical Adjunct Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Featured Procedures

Salivary endoscopy (sialendoscopy): Minimally-invasive endoscopic evaluation and treatment through endoscopic techniques rather than traditional open procedures. By accessing the very small openings to the salivary glands located in the mouth via tiny endoscopes, we are able to treat recurrent swelling of the parotid and submandibular glands due to medical conditions, stones, etc, without external incisions or gland removal in many instances.

Laryngeal Reinnervation: Rehabilitation of the voice due to a paralyzed vocal fold has been performed through techniques that reposition the paralyzed vocal fold closer to the good, functioning vocal fold and add bulk to the paralyzed vocal fold. This has traditionally been accomplished through injection laryngoplasty where a material is injected into the vocal fold or by medialization laryngoplasty (thyroplasty) where a silicone implant is placed that pushes the vocal fold over. These techniques can cause the vocal fold to lose some of its elasticity and vibratory characteristic if pushed too much and can limit optimal vocal improvement. Laryngeal reinnervation repositions the vocal fold and adds bulk to the vocal fold through re-establishment of better neural input to the vocal fold. This is done by re-routing an accessory nerve in the neck to the paralyzed vocal fold. These new electrical signals to the vocal fold add increased muscular tone and bulk to the vocal fold more naturally than through physically pushing the vocal fold with an synthetic implant material.


Consumers Research Council of America, America’s Top Physicians, 2006, 2009
Best Doctors in America, 2013-2014, 2017-2020
Business North Carolina Top Doctors, 2012-2014, 2017-2020
Charlotte Magazine Top Doctors, 2024
SouthPark Magazine Top Doctors, 2020
Charlotte Business Journal Top Doctors, 2012, 2014, 2017-2019

Community Involvement

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Dr. Klotz talked about hoarseness on Charlotte Today

Dr. Klotz discussed the difference between colds and allergies with Charlotte Smarty Pants
Dr. Klotz discussed singing when you have allergies on XM Divas

Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, Board Member 2015- present
A local non-profit serving the underserved population of the Charlotte Community.

A patient testimonial about an airway reconstruction Dr. Klotz performed:


Dr. Klotz is 100 percent effective with his treatment.     - Julie L.
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Klotz DA, Maronian NC, Waugh PF, Shahinfar A, Robinson L, Hillel AD. Findings of Multiple Muscle Involvement In A Study of 214 Patients With Laryngeal Dystonia Using Fine Wire Electromyography (FWEMG). Ann OtolRhinolLaryngol. 2004 Aug;113(8):602-12

Hillel, AD, Maronian, NC, Waugh, PF, Robinson, L, Klotz, DA. Treatment of the Interarytenoid muscle with Botulinum Toxin for laryngeal dystonia. Ann OtolRhinolLaryngol 2004;113(5):341-348.

Klotz DA, Winkle MR, Richmon J, HengererAS. Surgical Management of Posterior Epistaxis: A new paradigm. Laryngoscope 112:9:1577-1582, 2002.

Klotz DA, Howard J, HengererAS, Slupchynskyj O. Lipoinjection augmentation of the soft

palate for velopharyngeal stress incompetence in musicians. Laryngoscope 111:12: 2157-2161, 2001.

Klotz DA, HengererAS. Safety of pediatric bedside tracheostomies in the intensive care unit.

Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 127:8:950-955, 2001

Hengerer AS, Klotz DA. Complications of nasal and sinus infections. In: Bluestone CD, ed.

Pediatric Otolaryngology, 4thed.Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2001.

Klotz DA, Coniglio JU. Prudent management of the mid-cheek mass: Revisiting the accessory

parotid gland tumor. Laryngoscope 110:1627-1632,2000 and Laryngoscope Interactive Edition, August 2000

Frisina RD, Walton JP, Lynch-Armour M, Klotz DA. Efferent projections of a physiologically characterized region of the inferior colliculus of the young adult CBA mouse. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 101(5), Part 1, 1997.

Klotz DA. Laryngeal Intubation Injury: Carolinas Medical Center Anesthesia Grand Rounds, November 2017.

Klotz DA. Subglottic Stenosis and PVFM: Is it Asthma or not? Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Grand Rounds, CarolinasMedicalCenter, Charlotte, NC, March 2010.

Klotz DA. Chronic Cough: The True Mystery Diagnosis. Carolinas Medical Center,

NorthEastMedicalCenter Otolaryngology Grand Rounds, Concord, NC, April, 2010

Klotz DA, Gerlach TT. Healthwise Television Broadcast, “Spasmodic Dysphonia: Caring for a Broken Voice”, December 2009.

Klotz DA, Gerlach TT, Sutton LE. Management of Swallowing Disorders: Avoiding PEG. Continuing Medical Education seminar for Charlotte area nurses, Charlotte, NC, July 2009.

Klotz DA. Why Botulinum Toxin Fails in Spasmodic Dysphonia. National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association Annual Meeting, April 2009.

Klotz DA. Dysphagia Evaluation. Carolinas Medical Center Head & Neck Tumor Board, October, 2007 and 2009.

Klotz DA. Gerlach TT, Sutton LE, Hanks S. Voice and Swallowing Disorders. Continuing Medical Education seminar for Charlotte area nurses, Charlotte, NC, May 2007.

Klotz, DA. Hoarseness. CarolinasMedicalCenter Internal Medicine Resident Lecture. May 30, 2007

Klotz, DA, Gerlach TT. Common Vocal Pathologies of the Professional Singer. Church Music Summit, Charlotte, NC, October 2006.

Klotz DA. Laryngeal Electromyography. Annual North Carolina-South Carolina Otolaryngology Society Meeting, Asheville, NC, July 2006

Klotz DA. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux. GastonMemorialHospital Grand Rounds, Gastonia, NC, March 2006

Klotz DA. Laryngeal Dystonia. Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group, PresbyterianHospital, Charlotte, NC, August 2005

Klotz DA. Surgical Management of Voice Disorders. World Voice Day, PresbyterianHospital Vocal Health Symposium, April 2005

Klotz DA. Surgical Management of Voice Disorders. University of South Carolina, Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program, Sept 2004

Klotz DA. Surgical Management of Voice Disorders. Gardner-WebbUniversity Vocal Arts Program, September 2004

Klotz DA. Management of Vocal Fold Immobility. Greenville-Spartanburg Otolarygology Society, April, 2004

Klotz DA. Multiple Muscle Activity in Laryngeal Dystonia. Annual North Carolina-South Carolina Otolaryngology Society Meeting, Charleston, SC, July 2003

Klotz DA. TheDiagnosis and Management of Voice Disorders. ClevelandRegionalHospital Grand Rounds, Shelby, NC, March 2003

Klotz DA. TheDiagnosis and Management of Voice Disorders. GastonMemorialHospital Grand Rounds, Gastonia, NC, October 2002

Klotz DA. Laryngeal Reinnervation. Annual North Carolina-South Carolina Otolaryngology Society Meeting, Asheville, NC, July 2002

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