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Christopher H. Rassekh, MD

Christopher H. Rassekh, MD Physician

Associate 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, 2012-14

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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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
  • 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 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

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 Oncology Group, National American College of Surgeons, National American Head and Neck Society, National American Medical Association, National American Medical Student Association, National American Rhinologic Society, National American Society for Head and Neck Surgery, National Association for Research in Otolaryngology, National Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, National Galveston County Medical Society, Local Iowa Medical Society & Johnson County Medical Society, Local National Institutes of Health Study Section, Biotechnology, Technology and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) , National North American Skull Base Society , National North American Skull Base Society, International Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Local Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons, National Southern Medical Association, National Southern Medical Association, National Southwest Oncology Group, National Texas Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, National Texas Medical Association, National Triological Society (The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society), Candidate, National West Virginia Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Local

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:

Atkins JH, Rassekh CH, Chalian AA: An Airway Rapid Response System: Implementation and Utilization in a Large Academic Trauma Center Joint Commission Journal on quality and patient safety : 2017.

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

Thomas WW, Douglas JE: "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: Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma: A 15-year Single-Institution Experience J Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base 78 (S1): 147,2017.

Hatten KM: Transoral Approach to the Prestyloid Parapharyngeal Space in "Operative Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery" 3rd ed. Chapter 100 : 2017.

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: 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.

Parapharyngeal Space Mass In "Decision Making in Otolaryngology, 2nd ed." : 2017.

Section 7: Hypopharynx and Esophagus Operative Otolaryngology, 3rd ed. : 2017.

Thomas WW: Patient Evaluation and Physical Examination In "Gland Preserving Surgery-A Problem Based Approach" Chapter 1 : 2017.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania

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