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Christopher H. Rassekh, MD

Christopher H. Rassekh, MD Physician

Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • Spanish

Dr. Rassekh is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Christopher H. Rassekh

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012 - 2018
Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2018
Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1993

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
  • Cranial Base Tumor
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Glomus Tumors (Glomangioma)
  • Head and Neck Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Melanoma Lymph Node Mapping
  • Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Throat Cancer

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: University of Iowa College of Medicine
Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Residency: Spectrum Health Hospital (Butterworth Campus)
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Fellowship: UPMC Presbyterian


American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, National American Board of Otolaryngology, National American College of Surgeons, National American Head and Neck Society, National American Medical Association, National North American Skull Base Society, International North American Skull Base Society, National Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Local Triological Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Rassekh 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.


Description of Research Expertise:

Research Experience:

Small Animal Model Research
Cadaveric Surgical Research
Basic Immunology Techniques for Translational Research
Interpreting Basic Science for Translational Research
Basic Outcomes Data Research/ Quality of Life Studies
Clinical Research on Surgical Innovation
(especially minimally invasive salivary gland surgery, organ preservation surgery, minimally invasive cranial base and pharyngeal/laryngeal surgery)
Clinical Research on Imaging

Current Research Projects:

Sialendoscopy database and Hybrid Approaches to Submandibular Gland Surgery
Level I neck dissection
Radiographically Enhanced Clinical Airway Tool (REACT)
Surgical Managemet and Clinical Approaches to Parapharyngeal Space Tumors
Cartilaginous and Osseous Tumors (Chondrosarcoma, Chordoma and Osteosarcoma)
Endoscopic (Robotic) and Open Organ Preservation Surgery Analysis
HPV-related Oropharyngeal Cancer

Selected Publications:

Stubbs, VC, Rajasekarne K, Gigliotti AR, Mahmoud AF, Brody RM, Newman JG, Rassekh CH, Weinstein GS: Management of the Airway for Transoral Robotic Supraglottic Partial Laryngectomy Front Oncol 8 (312): 2018.

Hatten KM, Brody RM, Weinstein GS, Newman JG, Bur AM, Chalian AA, OʼMalley BW Jr, Rassekh CH, Cannady SB.: Defining the Role of Free Flaps for Transoral Robotic Surgery. Ann Plast Surg. 80 (1): 45-49,2018.

Rassekh CH, Haughey, B: Total Laryngectomy and Laryngopharyngectomy Cummings Textbook Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 7th ed. : 2018.

Atkins, JH, Rassekh CH, Herlich A.: Postoperative Care and Planning Oxford Textbook of Anesthesia for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery : 2018.

Rassekh, CH, O'Malley BW, Weinstein GS: Transoral Robotic Surgery for Parapharyngeal Space Salivary Gland Tumors Surgery of the Salivary Glands (book) : 2018.

Douglas JE, Thomas WW, Kejner SE, Rassekh CH: Sialendoscopy for definitive management of a submandibular abscess following radiotherapy for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma ORL : 2018.

Atkins JH, Rassekh CH, Chalian AA, Zhao J.: An Airway Rapid Response System: Implementation and Utilization in a Large Academic Trauma Center. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 43 (12): 653-660,2017.

Bur AM, Gomez ED, Newman JG, Weinstein GS, O'Malley BW Jr, Rassekh CH, Kuchenbecker KJ.: Evaluation of high-fidelity simulation as a training tool in transoral robotic surgery. Laryngoscope 127 (12): 2790-2795,2017.

Douglas JE, Thomas WW, Rassekh CH.: Response to Letter to the Editor Regarding "Accuracy of Ultrasonography and Computed Tomography in the Evaluation of Patients Undergoing Sialendoscopy for Sialolithiasis". Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 157 (5): 911,2017.

Carey RM, Hodnett BL, Rassekh CH, Weinstein GS.: Transoral Robotic Surgery with Sialendoscopy for a Plunging Ranula. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 79 (6): 306-313,2017.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)