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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

American Academy of Otolaryngology Board of Governor's Practitioner of the Year Award 2003

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 2019

Castle Connolly Top Doctors  National Physician of the Year Award 2011

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1978

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adenoiditis
  • Airway Disorders
  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Rhinosinusitis
  • Anterior Nasal Drip
  • Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Cancer of the Nasal Cavity
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak from Nose
  • Cerumen Removal
  • Choanal Atresia
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic Sinus Infection
  • Cough
  • CSF Leak Repair
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Deviated Septum
  • Ear Exam
  • Enlarged Adenoids
  • Ethmoidectomy
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • History of Pituitary Mass
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Maxillectomy
  • Myringotomy
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasoseptal Reconstruction
  • Nose Bleed
  • Nose Deformities
  • Olfactory Nerve Disease
  • Osteoma
  • Paranasal Surgery
  • Post-Nasal Drip
  • Problems with Smell and Taste
  • Rhinitis
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sinonasal Carcinoma
  • Sinonasal Mucocele
  • Sinonasal Papilloma
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Infections (Sinusitis)
  • Sinus Mass
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Smell Disorders
  • Sphenoidectomy
  • Sphenoidotomy
  • Tonsil Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)
  • Transnasal Repair CSF Leak
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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: 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:

Kennedy DW: Nasal physiology: improving our understanding in the health and disease International Forum of Allergy Rhinoloy : 2018.

Kennedy, DW: Novel options in the nonsurgical management of chronic rhinosinusitis International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology : 2018.

Workman AD, Carey Rm, Kohanski MA, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN, Adappa ND, Cohen NA: Relative susceptibility of airway organisms to antimicrobial effects of nitric oxide IFAR : 770-776,2017.

Stern N, Ginder-Vogel M, Stegen JC, Amtzen E., Kennedy DW, Larget BR, Roden EE: Colonization habitat controls biomass, composition and metabolic activity of attached microbial communities in the Columbia River hypotheic corridor Appl. Environ. Microbiol : 2017.

Tajudeen BA, Gupta S, Willoughby B., Kennedy DW: Delivering irrigation to the Anterior Ethmoid Region: Evaluation of a lacrimal diversion device in a cadaver model International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology : 794-800,2017.

Carey RM, Workman AD, Hatten KM, Siebert AP, Brooks SG, Shen B, Adappa NJ, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW, Lee RJ, Cohen NA: Denatonium-induced sinonasal bacterial killing may play a role in chronic rhinosinusitis outcomes International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology : 699-704,2017.

Carey RM, Workman AD, Yan CH, Chen B, Adappa ND, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW, Lee RJ, Cohen, NA, Sinonasal T2R-mediated nitric oxide production in response to Bacillus cereus: Sinonasal T2R-mediated nitric oxide production in response to Bacillus cereus American Journal Rhinology Allergy : 211-215,2017.

Glicksman JT, Reger C, Parasher AK, Kennedy DW, Accuracy of computer-assisted navigation: significant augmentation by facial recognition software, International Forum Allergy, Rhinology, July 2017.: Accuracy of computer-assisted navigation: significant augmentation by facial recognition software International Forum Allergy : 2017.

Tajudeen BA, Kennedy DW: Thirty years of endoscopic sinus surgery: What have we learned? Ke Ai, World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 3 (Issue 2): 115-121,2017.

Trope M, Schwartz JS, Tajudeen BA, Kennedy DW: Bilateral silent sinus syndrome: A rare case and review of literature Allergy Rhinol (Providence) : 100-102,2017.

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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