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James J. Kearney, MD

James J. Kearney, MD Physician

Associate Program Director, Otorhinolaryngology Residency Program Chairman, Otorhinolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital Medical Director, Penn RIttenhouse Ambulatory Surgery Center Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Kearney is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. James J. Kearney

James Kearney, MD serves as the Chairman of Otorhinolaryngology at Pennsylvania Hospital. He has practiced at Pennsylvania Hospital since 1998. He has clinical expertise in surgery for nasal and sinus disorders, as well as tumors of the thyroid, parathyroid, and parotid glands. He is board certified in Sleep Medicine and performs advanced surgical procedures for sleep apnea including hypoglossal nerve stimulators.

In addition to his practice Dr. Kearney is the Associate Program Director for the University of Pennsylvania Otolaryngology Residency Program. His academic interest is in resident education and he serves in leadership roles for simulation training for the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. He has served as President of the Medical Staff at Pennsylvania Hospital and currently represents Pennsylvania Hospital Chairs as part of the hospital’s Executive Leadership Team.

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1996

Clinical Expertise:

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
  • Broken Nose (Nose Fracture)
  • Deviated Septum
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Goiter
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nose Bleed
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Sinonasal Mucocele
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Infections (Sinusitis)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smell Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Throat Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tonsil Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)
  • Tonsillitis (Tonsil Inflammation)
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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: 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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