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David W. Kennedy, MD

David W. Kennedy, MD Physician

Rhinology Professor

Dr. Kennedy is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. David W. Kennedy

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

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003 - 2018

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2018

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.

Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1978

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
  • Cranial Base Surgery (Skull Base Surgery)
  • Cranial Base Tumor
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Deviated Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Encephalocele Surgery
  • Endoscopic Nasal Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Mid-Face Skull Base Surgery
  • Nasal Airway Problems
  • Nasal Polypectomy (Nasal Polyp Removal Surgery)
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Nasal Tumor
  • Pansinusitis
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Infections (Sinusitis)
  • Sinus Inverting Papilloma
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skull Base Lesions
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Thyroid Eye Disorders

Description of Clinical Expertise

Endoscopic sinus surgery
Minimally invasive skull base surgery
Minimally invasive CSF leak closure
Endoscopic Orbital surgery
Endoscopic Pituitary surgery

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
  • 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: Royal College of Surgeons
Residency: St. Laurence's Hospital
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital


Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, National American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, National American College of Surgeons, National American Laryngological Association, National American Medical Association, National American Rhinologic Society, National Association of Academic Departments of Otorhinolaryngology, National Danish Otolaryngology Society, International European Rhinologic Society, International Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, National International Congress of Rhinology, International International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies, International International Rhinologic Society, International International Symposium on Infection and Allergy of the Nose, International John Morgan Society, Local Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, National Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology, Local Philadelphia Laryngological Society, Local Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, International Russian Rhinology Society, International Society of University Otolaryngologists, National The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological, Society (AKA Triologic), National The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kennedy 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:

Clinical research in the pathogenesis of rhinosinusitis, mucociliary clearance, olfaction. Development of instrumentation for endoscopic sinus surgery, minimally invasive skull base surgery and intraoperative surgical navigation. Effects of Chronic rhinosinusitis on the quality of life. Bone involvement in chronic rhinosinusitis.

Selected Publications:

Chandra RK, Schlosser R, Kennedy DW.: Use of the 70-degree Diamond Burr in the Management of Complicated Frontal Sinus Disease. Laryngoscope 114 (2): 188-92,2004.

Kennedy, DW: Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership: Antibicrobial Treatment Guidelines for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis 2004. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 130 (1 Suppl): 1-50,2004.

Chiu AG, Kennedy DW:: Disadvantages of Minimal Techniques for Surgical Management of Chronic Rhinosinusits. Current Opinion in Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 12 (1): 38-42,2004.

Mouadeb DA, Chandra RK, Kennedy DW, Feldman M.: Sinonasal paraganlioma: endoscopic resection with a 4 Year Follow-up. Head and Neck 25 (12): 1077-81,2003.

Benninger MS, Ferguson BJ, Hadley JA, Hamilos DL, Jacobs M, Kennedy DW, Lanza DC, Marple BF, Osguthorpe JD, Stankiewicz JA, Anon J, Denneny J, Emanuel I, Levine H.: Adult chronic rhinosinusitis: definitions, diagnosis, epidemiology, and pathophysiology. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 129 (3 Suppl): S1-32,2003.

Baum ED, Becker DG, Kennedy DW: An Internet Otolaryngology Referral Center: A Preliminary Report. Am J Rhinol. 17 (5): 251-6,2003.

Palmer JN, Kennedy DW:: Medical Management in Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Failures. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery 11 (1): 6-12,2003.

Tantilipikor P, Fritz M, Tanabodee J, Lanza DC, Kennedy DW:: A Comparison of Endoscopic Culture Techniques for Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Am J. Rhinology 16 (5): 2002.

Khalid AN, Quraishi SA, Kennedy DW: Long-Term Quality of Life Measures Following Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). Laryngoscope 112 (11:195): 1-7,2002.

Academic Contact Info

HUP - 3400 Spruce Street
5th Fl. Ravdin Bldg.

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2653
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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