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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 May 2018 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties

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

Description of Clinical Expertise

Head and Neck Oncology
Cranial Base Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Organ Preservation Surgery
Neck Dissection
Salivary Gland Surgery
Difficult Airway Management
Palliative Care for Head and Neck Cancer
Endocrine Surgery (thyroid and parathyroid)

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • 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
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Vetrans Choice Program (6/2018 Not Active)

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

Memberships

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.

Research

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rassekh CH, O'Malley BW, Jr., Paul E, Cannady S, Chalian AA, Newman JG, Weinstein GS.: Detecting Pathological Level IV lymph node metastases in Oropharyngeal Carcinoma-A New Approach IFOS abstract, Paris France : 2017.

Thomas WW, Douglas JE, Rassekh CH: "Accuracy of Ultrasonagraphy and Computed Tomography in the Evaluation of Patients Undergoing Sialendoscopy for Sialolithiasis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 156 (5): 834-839,2017.

Workman AD, Brody RM, Parasher AK, Glicksman JT, Brooks SC, Newman JG, Rassekh CH, Chalian AA, Chiu AG, Weinstein GW, Adappa ND, O'Malley BW, Palmer JN.: Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma: A 15-year Single-Institution Experience J Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base 78 (S1): 147,2017.

Rassekh CH: Neoplasms of the Lip In "Decision Making in Otolaryngology, 2nd ed. : 2017.

Hatten KM, O'Malley BW, Jr., Bur AM, Patel MR, Rassekh CH, Newman JG, Cannady SB, Chalian AA, Hodnett BL, Lin A, Cohen RB, Bauml KM, Montone KT, Livolsi VA, Weinstein GS: Transoral Robotic Surgery-Assisted Endoscopy with Primary Site Detection and Treatment in Occult Mucosal Primaries JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 143 (3): 267-273,2017.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania

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