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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 employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. James J. Kearney

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017

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


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1996

Clinical Expertise:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bloodless Medicine
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Deviated Septum
  • Deviated Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • 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 (Laryngeal Surgery)
  • Laser Surgery for Sleep Apnea
  • Lesions
  • Middle Ear Disease
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Oral Lesions (Mouth Lesions)
  • Parathyroid Tumor
  • Parotid Surgery (Parotidectomy)
  • Precancerous Lesions
  • Skin Lesion Biopsy
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Sleep Apnea
  • 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
  • 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: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


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

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kearney 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.


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

Penn Medicine Washington Square
800 Walnut Street
18th Floor

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

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