Kaylee Renee Purpura, MD| Otolaryngology | MedStar Health

Kaylee Renee Purpura, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (73 reviews)

Specialties: Otolaryngology

Languages: English

About me

Dr. Kaylee Purpura is seeing patients at the following locations:

106 Irving Street, NW

POB 2700 North

Washington, DC, 20010

Phone: 202-877-6733

Fax 202-877-8439


3800 Reservoir Road, NW

Building 1

Washington, DC, 20007

Phone: 202-444-8186

Fax: 877-826-5501


Kaylee Purpura, MD, is an otolaryngologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is a board-certified, fellowship-trained laryngologist and attends to patients with a wide range of voice, airway, and swallowing disorders. Her expertise includes voice disorders, managing professional voice, vocal fold paralysis and paresis, laryngotracheal stenosis, vocal fold lesions, including benign (nodules, polyps, cysts, and papilloma) and malignant lesions, and swallowing disorders. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Purpura treats patients with a combination of medical management, awake in-office procedures, and surgical procedures for various laryngeal disorders. Awake in-office procedures performed by Dr. Purpura include flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy with or without stroboscopy (a procedure utilizing a scope to view the voicebox), vocal fold injections (which allow patients to hear immediate improvement in the quality and strength of their voice), laser treatment of vocal fold lesions, and laryngeal Botox injections. Surgical procedures include endoscopic and open management of airway stenosis and glottic cancers.

Passionate about patient education, Dr. Purpura teaches her patients the anatomy of the throat and larynx, how the vocal folds move, healthier ways to use their voice, and safe swallowing techniques. Her research lies in laryngeal simulation, considerations in difficult airway situations, and the effects of endotracheal tube size on laryngeal injury and stenosis.

Dr. Purpura received her medical degree from West Virginia University of Medicine, where she graduated in the top quartile. She completed her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School, before going on to obtain a fellowship in laryngology at Oregon Health and Science University.


Philosophy of Care

“I always tell my patients that everyone gets the time they need to explain their symptoms and discuss a treatment plan they both understand and agree with. To that end, I will not rush my exams or consultations but will ensure that every patient leaves feeling heard, understood, and in agreement with the plan we create together.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Head And Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Upper Airway Surgery For Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Adenoid Hypertrophy
  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Rhinosinusitis
  • Anterior Nasal Drip
  • Benign Head And Neck Tumors
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak From Nose
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic Sinus Infection
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dysphonia
  • Epistaxis
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)
  • Facial Fracture
  • Goiter
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Inverted Papilloma Of The Sinus
  • Lump In Throat
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Trauma
  • Neck Abscess
  • Neck Cyst
  • Neck Lymph Nodes
  • Nose Fracture
  • Odynophagia
  • Oral Lesions
  • Oral Pathology
  • Parapharyngeal Mass
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pharyngeal Mass
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Problems With Smell And Taste
  • Rhinitis
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Salivary Gland Swelling
  • Sialadenitis
  • Sialolithiasis
  • Sino Nasal Disorders
  • Sinonasal Papilloma
  • Sinus And Nasal Mucoceles
  • Sinus Mass
  • Sinus Pain
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Sinusitis
  • Smell Disorders
  • Snoring
  • Sore Throat
  • Spots On Mouth
  • Submandibular Nodule
  • Submandibular Swelling
  • Suppurative Tonsillitis
  • Swollen Parotid
  • Throat Abscess
  • Throat Mass
  • Thyroglossal Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tongue Mass
  • Tonsillar Abscess
  • Tonsillar Hypertrophy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tonsilloliths
  • Voice Problems
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Procedures I perform

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Caldwell Luc Surgery
  • Da Vinci Head & Neck Surgery
  • Ear, Nose And Throat Surgery
  • Glossectomy
  • Head And Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Inspire Therapy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Lingual Tonsillectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Video Assisted Thyroidectomy
  • Nasal Endoscopy
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Nasoseptal Reconstruction
  • Neck Biopsy
  • Neck Mass Excision
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Robotic Glossectomy
  • Robotic Lingual Tonsillectomy
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sleep Endoscopy
  • Sphenoidotomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheostomy Management
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery For Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Transoral Thyroidectomy
  • Turbinate Surgery
  • Upper Airway Surgery For Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
  • Uvuloplasty
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Building 1
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 877-826-5501

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Fax 877-826-5501

106 Irving Street Northwest
POB 2700 North
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-8439

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Fax 202-877-8439


MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthy Families
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Amerigroup DC Healthy Families
    • Amerigroup DC Alliance
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Navigate
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology

Fellowship Program: Oregon Health & Science University (2023)

Residency Program: Eastern Virginia Medical School (2022)

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine (2017)

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Mar 25, 2024

    This provider was awesome and provided great support for me. She was familiar with my history and appeared genuinely involved in the upcoming surgery and recovery. Kudos x 100

  • Mar 15, 2024

    Dr. Purpura is one of the best doctors I've ever met. She is great and should be used as a model for other doctors bedside manner when patients come to see them

  • Feb 16, 2024

    Very warm and kind