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Ara A. Chalian, MD

Ara A. Chalian, MD Physician

Director, Facial Plastic Reconstruction Director, Microvascular Lab Patient Safety Officer Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Chalian is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Ara A. Chalian

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2018

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2005 through 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1994

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adenocarcinoma of the Head and Neck
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Blepharoptosis
  • Branchial Cleft Cyst
  • Brow Droop
  • Brow Lift
  • Buccal Space Mass
  • Cancer of the Nasal Cavity
  • Cervical Lymphadenopathy
  • Cleft Lip Surgery
  • Coarse Facial Features
  • Collagen Injection
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cricopharyngeal Achalasia
  • Cross Face Nerve Graft
  • Da Vinci Head & Neck Surgery
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Digastric Muscle Transfer
  • Ear Plastic Surgery
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery
  • Eyelid Repair
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)
  • Facial Abscess
  • Facial Aging
  • Facial Asymmetry
  • Facial Asymmetry Surgery
  • Facial Deformities
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Graft
  • Facial Nerve Injury
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Facial Nerve Schwannoma
  • Facial Paralysis Reconstruction
  • Facial Paresis
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Frontalis Muscle Transfer
  • Frown Lines
  • Glomus Jugulare Tumor
  • Goiter
  • Gold Eyelid Weight
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Tumor Reconstruction
  • Head Mass
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Disease
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Injury
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Transfers
  • Interposition Nerve Grafts
  • Jaw Bone Graft
  • Jaw Disorders
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Keloid Scar
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Lip Asymmetry
  • Lip Droop
  • Local Muscle Transfers
  • Malignant Schwannoma
  • Mandibulectomy
  • Masseter-to-Facial Nerve Transfer
  • Maxillectomy
  • Melanoma of the Lip
  • Melanoma on Face
  • Metastatic Thyroid Cancer
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Flap Reconstruction
  • Mid-Face Lift
  • Mouth Abscess
  • Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Neck Abscess
  • Neck Biopsy
  • Neck Cyst
  • Neck Lymph Nodes
  • Neck Mass Excision
  • Neck Plastic Surgery
  • Neck Reconstruction
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Nose Deformities
  • Odynophagia
  • Oral Lesions
  • Oral Pain
  • Oral Pathology
  • Orbit Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parapharyngeal Mass
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Pharyngeal Flap Surgery
  • Pharyngeal Mass
  • Polyp of Cheek
  • Reconstruction of Ear
  • Reconstruction of Nose
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Swelling
  • Scar on Neck
  • Sinonasal Carcinoma
  • Sinus Mass
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin of Lip
  • Submandibular Nodule
  • Submandibular Swelling
  • Substernal Thyroid Mass
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Swollen Parotid
  • Swollen Throat
  • Temporalis Muscle Transfers
  • Throat Abscess
  • Throat Cancer
  • Throat Mass
  • Thyroglossal Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue Mass
  • Tongue Pain
  • Tongue Swelling
  • Tonsillar Abscess
  • Tracheocutaneous Fistula
  • Transnasal Esophagoscopy
  • TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
  • Transoral Thyroidectomy
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Indiana University Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Advance Training Council, National American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, National American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, National American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, National American Geriatric Society, National American Head & Neck Society, National American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology, National Armenia Medical Association, International Armenian-American Medical & Dental Association, Local Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngologists-Head & Neck Surgeons, Local Philadelphia County Medical Society, Local Philadelphia Laryngologic Society, Local Philadelphia Society of Facial Plastic Surgeons, Local Philadelphia Society of Facial Plastic Surgeons, Local Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Chalian is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Intramural Mailcode 4283

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-5559
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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