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James J. Kearney, MD

James J. Kearney, MD Physician

Associate Program Director, Otorhinolaryngology Residency Program
Chief, Otorhinolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital
Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Kearney is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1996

Clinical Expertise:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bloodless Medicine
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Deviated Septum
  • Deviated Septum (Septoplasty) Surgery
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
  • Endoscopic Nasal Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulum Repair
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Facial Lesions
  • Jaw Fractures (Mandible and Maxilla Fracture)
  • Laryngectomy
  • Lesions
  • Middle Ear Disease
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Oral Lesions
  • Parathyroid Tumor
  • Parotid Surgery (Parotidectomy)
  • Precancerous Lesions
  • Skin Lesion Biopsy
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Apnea Snoring - Laser Surgery
  • Telangiectasia (Spider Veins)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule Biopsy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tonsillitis (Tonsil Inflammation)
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
  • Voice Disorders

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
  • 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: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, National American College of Surgeons, National American Medical Association, National American Tinnitus Association, National Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Philadelphia County Medical Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kearney is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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.


Selected Publications:

Anderson TD, Kearney J.J.: “Osteosarcoma of the Hyoid Bone” Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery 126 (1): 81-2,2002.

Soo H. Kim, Kearney, J., Atkins, J.P., Jr.: Percutaneous Laryngeal Collagen Augmentation for Treatment of Parkinsonian Hypophonia Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 126 : 653-656,2002.

Academic Contact Info

Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Walnut Street
18th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 829-5180
Fax: (215) 829-5188
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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