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James Nathan Palmer, MD

James Nathan Palmer, MD Physician

Co-Director, Cranial Base Center Director, Division of Rhinology Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Palmer is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. James N. Palmer

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2019

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2012, 2015 - 2018

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, 2001

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anterior Nasal Drip
  • Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Broken Nose (Nose Fracture)
  • Brow Lift
  • Cancer of the Nasal Cavity
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak from Nose
  • Choanal Atresia
  • Choking Sensation
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic Sinus Infection
  • Cough
  • CSF Leak Repair
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Deviated Septum
  • Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Ethmoidectomy
  • Facial Fracture
  • Functional Rhinoplasty
  • Head and Neck Tumor Reconstruction
  • Head Mass
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Maxillectomy
  • Microsurgery
  • Middle Ear Exploration
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Crusting
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Nasal Dryness
  • Nasal Endoscopy
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Trauma
  • Nasoseptal Reconstruction
  • Nose Bleed
  • Nose Deformities
  • Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Olfactory Neuroblastoma
  • Osteoma
  • Paranasal Surgery
  • Parapharyngeal Mass
  • Post-Nasal Drip
  • Problems with Smell and Taste
  • Rhinitis
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sinonasal Carcinoma
  • Sinonasal Mucocele
  • Sinonasal Papilloma
  • Sinus and Nasal Mucoceles
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Infections (Sinusitis)
  • Sinus Mass
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Smell Disorders
  • Sphenoidectomy
  • Sphenoidotomy
  • 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: Ohio State University - College of Medicine
Residency: Northwestern Medical Center
Fellowship: Georgia Nasal and Sinus Institute


American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, National American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, National American Rhinologic Society, National European Rhinologic Society, International International Rhinologic Society, International International Symposium on Infection and Allergy of the Nose (ISIAN), International North American Skull Base Society, National Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Local Philadelphia Laryngological Society, Local Society of University Otolaryngologists, National Stanley J. Sarnoff Society of Fellows, National Triologic Society Secretaries Council, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Palmer 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:

Minimally Invasive Approaches to Sinus and Skull Base Tumors
Surgical Instrument Design
Topical Medications for Sinusitis
Novel Therapeutics for Recalcitrant Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Bacterial Biofilms and Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Cilia Function and Chronic Rhinosinusitis

Selected Publications:

Bleier BS, Cohen NA, Chiu AG, O'Malley BW Jr, Doghramji L, Palmer JN: Endonasal laser tissue welding: first human experience. Am J Rhinol Allergy 24 (3): 244-6,2010.

Suh JD, Ramakrishnan V, Palmer JN: Biofilms. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 43 (3): 521-30,2010.

Hekiert AM, Cohen MB, Montone KT, Palmer JN, Govindaraj S: Ecthyma gangrenosum mimicking acute invasive fungal sinusitis in an immunocompromised patient. Ear Nose Throat J 89 (6): 262-7,2010.

Ramakrishnan VR, Palmer JN: Prevention and management of orbital hematoma. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 43 (4): 789-800,2010.

Woodworth BA, Zhang S, Tamashiro E, Bhargave G, Palmer JN, Cohen NA: Zinc increases ciliary beat frequency in a calcium-dependent manner. Am J Rhinol Allergy 24 (1): 6-10,2010.

Welch KC, Thaler ER, Doghramji LL, Palmer JN, Chiu AG: The effects of serum and urinary cortisol levels of topical intranasal irrigations with budesonide added to saline in patients with recurrent polyposis after endoscopic sinus surgery. Am J Rhinol Allergy 24 (1): 26-8,2010.

Suh JD, Cohen NA, Palmer JN: Biofilms in chronic rhinosinusitis. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 18 (1): 27-31,2010.

Bleier BS, Paulson DP, O'Malley BW Jr, Li D, Palmer JN, Chiu AG, Cohen NA: Chitosan glycerophosphate-based semirigid dexamethasone eluting biodegradable stent. Am J Rhinol Allergy 23 (1): 76-9,2009.

Tamashiro E, Xiong G, Anselmo-Lima WT, Kreindler JL, Palmer JN, Cohen NA: Cigarette smoke exposure impairs respiratory epithelial ciliogenesis. Am J Rhinol Allergy 23 (2): 117-22,2009.

Barañano CF, Curé J, Palmer JN, Woodworth BA: Sternberg's canal: fact or fiction? Am J Rhinol Allergy 23 (2): 167-71,2009.

Cohen M, Kofonow J, Nayak JV, Palmer JN, Chiu AG, Leid JG, Cohen NA: Biofilms in chronic rhinosinusitis: a review. Am J Rhinol Allergy 23 (3): 255-60,2009.

Bleier BS, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN, Chiu AG, Bloom JD, O'Malley BW, Jr: Current management of juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma: a tertiary center experience 1999-2007. Am J Rhinol Allergy 23 (3): 328-30,2009.

Hahn S, Palmer JN, Purkey MT, Kennedy DW, Chiu AG: Indications for external frontal sinus procedures for inflammatory sinus disease. Am J Rhinol Allergy 23 (3): 342-7,2009.

Banks CA, Palmer JN, Chiu AG, O'Malley BW Jr, Woodworth BA, Kennedy DW: Endoscopic closure of CSF rhinorrhea: 193 cases over 21 years. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 140 (6): 826-33,2009.

Tamashiro E, Antunes MB, Palmer JN, Cohen NA, Anselmo-Lima WT: Implications of bacterial biofilms in chronic rhinosinusitis. Braz J Infect Dis 13 (3): 232-5,2009.

Welch KC, Cohen MB, Doghramji LL, Cohen NA, Chandra RK, Palmer JN, Chiu AG: Clinical correlation between irrigation bottle contamination and clinical outcomes in post-functional endoscopic sinus surgery patients. Am J Rhinol Allergy 23 (4): 401-4,2009.

Hekiert AM, Kofonow JM, Doghramji L, Kennedy DW, Chiu AG, Palmer JN, Leid JG, Cohen NA: Biofilms correlate with TH1 inflammation in the sinonasal tissue of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 141 (4): 448-53,2009.

Bleier BS, Palmer JN: Cranial-base repair using endoscopic laser welding. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 42 (5): 901-6,2009.

Tamashiro E, Cohen NA, Palmer JN, Lima WT: Effects of cigarette smoking on the respiratory epithelium and its role in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis. Braz J Otorhinolaryngol 75 (6): 903-7,2009.

Woodworth BA, Palmer JN: Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 17 (1): 59-65,2009.

Purkey MT, Woodworth BA, Hahn S, Palmer JN, Chiu AG: Endoscopic Repair of Supraorbital Ethmoid Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec 71 (2): 93-98,2009.

Woodworth BA, Chiu AG, Cohen NA, Kennedy DW, O'Malley BW, Palmer JN: Real-time computed tomography image update for endoscopic skull base surgery. J Laryngol Otol 122 (4): 361-5,2008.

Chiu AG, Palmer JN, Woodworth BA, Doghramji L, Cohen MB, Prince A, Cohen NA: Baby shampoo nasal irrigations for the symptomatic post-functional endoscopic sinus surgery patient. Am J Rhinol 22 (1): 34-7,2008.

Jackman AH, Palmer JN, Chiu AG, Kennedy DW: Use of intraoperative CT scanning in endoscopic sinus surgery: a preliminary report. Am J Rhinol 22 (2): 170-4,2008.

Welch KC, Palmer JN: Intraoperative emergencies during endoscopic sinus surgery: CSF leak and orbital hematoma. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 41 (3): 581-96,2008.

Whitmore RG, Bonhomme G, Balcer LJ, Palmer JN: Tension pneumocephalus after endoscopic sinus surgery: case report of repair and management in absence of obvious skull base defect. Ear Nose Throat J 87 (2): 96-9,2008.

Chennupati SK, Woodworth BA, Palmer JN, Cohen NA, Kennedy DW, Chiu AG: Intraoperative IGS/CT updates for complex endoscopic frontal sinus surgery. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec 70 (4): 268-70,2008.

Woodworth BA, Prince A, Chiu AG, Cohen NA, Schlosser RJ, Bolger WE, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN: Spontaneous CSF leaks: a paradigm for definitive repair and management of intracranial hypertension. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 138 (6): 715-20,2008.

Prince AA, Steiger JD, Khalid AN, Dogrhamji L, Reger C, Eau Claire S, Chiu AG, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN, Cohen NA: Prevalence of biofilm-forming bacteria in chronic rhinosinusitis. Am J Rhinol 22 (3): 239-45,2008.

Woodworth BA, Harvey RJ, Neal JG, Palmer JN, Schlosser RJ: Endoscopic management of frontal sinus mucoeceles with anterior table erosion. Rhinology 46 (3): 231-7,2008.

Khalid AN, Woodworth BA, Prince A, Quraishi SA, Antunes MB, Long FH, Bolger WE, Chiu AG, Palmer JN, Cohen NA: Physiologic alterations in the murine model after nasal fungal antigenic exposure. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 139 (5): 695-701,2008.

Bleier BS, Gratton MA, Leibowitz JM, Palmer JN, Newman JG, Cohen NA: Laser-welded endoscopic endoluminal repair of iatrogenic esophageal perforation: an animal model. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 139 (5): 713-7,2008.

Bleier BS, Palmer JN, Gratton MA, Cohen NA: In vivo laser tissue welding in the rabbit maxillary sinus. Am J Rhinol 22 (6): 625-8,2008.

Chiu AG, Antunes MB, Palmer JN, Cohen NA: Evaluation of the in vivo efficacy of topical tobramycin against Pseudomonas sinonasal biofilms. J Antimicrobial Chemothe 59 (6): 1130-4,2007.

Chen B, Antunes MB, Claire SE, Palmer JN, Chiu AG, Kennedy DW, Cohen NA: Reversal of chronic rhinosinusitis-associated sinonasal ciliary dysfunction. Am J Rhinol 21 (3): 346-53,2007.

Tamhankar MA, Volpe NJ, Loevner LA, Palmer JN, Feldman M: Primary sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma presenting with bilateral retrobulbar optic neuropathy. J Neuroophthalmol 27 (3): 189-92,2007.

Bleier BS, Palmer JN, Sparano AM, Cohen NA: Laser-assisted cerebrospinal fluid leak repair: an animal model to test feasibility. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 137 (5): 810-4,2007.

Woodworth BA, Antunes MB, Bhargave G, Palmer JN, Cohen NA: Murine tracheal and nasal septal epithelium for air-liquid interface cultures: a comparative study. Am J Rhinol 21 (5): 533-7,2007.

Woodworth BA, Bhargave GA, Palmer JN, Chiu AG, Cohen NA, Lanza DC, Bolger WE, Kennedy DW: Clinical outcomes of endoscopic and endoscopic-assisted resection of inverted papillomas: a 15-year experience. Am J Rhinol 21 (5): 591-600,2007.

Hockstein NG, Bales CB, Palmer JN: Transseptal suture to secure middle meatal spacers. Ear Nose Throat J 85 (1): 47-8,2006.

Chiu AG, Jackman AH, Antunes MB, Feldman MD, Palmer JN: Radiographic and histologic analysis of the bone underlying inverted papillomas. Laryngoscope 116 (9): 1617-20,2006.

Steiger JD, Chiu AG, Francis DO, Palmer JN: Endoscopic-assisted reduction of anterior table frontal sinus fractures. Laryngoscope 116 (11): 1978-81,2006.

Palmer, JN, Hockstein, NG: Medical and Surgical Treatment of Recurrent Chronic Sinusitis. Endoscopic Sinus Surgery : 2008.

Palmer JN: Bacterial biofilms in chronic rhinosinusitis. Twenty years of endoscopic sinus surgery: its evolution and future directions. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, & Laryngology 115 (196): 35-39,2006.

Chandra RK, Palmer JN: Epidermoids of the Paranasal Sinuses and Beyond: Endoscopic Management. Am J Rhinol 20 (4): 441-4,2006.

Lee JT, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN, Feldman M, Chiu AG: The Incidence of Concurrent Osteitis in Patients with CRS: A Clinicopatholigic Study. Am J Rhinol 20 (3): 278-82,2006.

Chen B, Shaari J, Claire SE, Palmer JN, Chiu AG, Kennedy DW, Cohen NA: Altered Sinonasal Ciliary Dynamics in Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Am J Rhinol 20 (3): 325-329,2006.

Shaari J, Palmer JN, Judy K, Chen B, Cohen NA: Regional Analysis of Sinonasal Ciliary Beat Frequency. Am J Rhinol 20 (2): 150-4,2006.

Cohen NA, Widelitz JS, Chiu AG, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW: Familial aggregation of sinonasal polyps correlates with severity of disease. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 134 (4): 601-4,2006.

Schipor I, Palmer JN, Cohen AS, Cohen NA: Quantification of ciliary beat frequency in sinonasal epithelial cells using differential interference contrast microscopy and high-speed digital video imaging. Am J Rhinol 20 (1): 124-7,2006.

Wolf JS, Chiu AG, Palmer JN, O'Malley BW Jr, Schofield K, Taylor RJ: Informed consent in endoscopic sinus surgery: the patient perspective. Laryngoscope 115 (3): 492-4,2005.

Chiu AG, Palmer JN, Cohen N: Use of image-guided computed tomography-magnetic resonance fusion for complex endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. Laryngoscope 115 (4): 753-5,2005.

Taylor RJ, Chiu AG, Palmer JN, Schofield K, O'Malley BW Jr, Wolf JS: Informed consent in sinus surgery: link between demographics and patient desires. Laryngoscope 115 (5): 826-31,2005.

Hockstein NG, Cohen NA, Palmer JN: Proteolysis of beta-trace Protein? Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 133 (2): 310; author reply 310-1,2005.

Woodworth BA, Tamashiro E, Bhargave G, Cohen NA, Palmer JN: An in vitro model of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms on viable airway epithelial cell monolayers. Am J Rhinol 22 (3): 235-8,2008.

Cohen NA, Chiu AG, Kennedy DW, Chen B, Palmer JN: Altered Sinonasal Ciliary Dynamics in Chronic Rhinosinusitis. American Rhinologic Society, Los Angeles, CA : 2005.

Woodworth BA, Schlosser RJ, Palmer JN: Endoscopic repair of frontal sinus cerebrospinal fluid leaks. J Larygol Otol 119 (9): 709-13,2005.

Chiu AG, Schipor I, Cohen NA, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN: Surgical decisions in the management of frontal sinus osteomas. Am J Rhinol 19 (2): 191-7,2005.

Perloff JR, Palmer JN: Evidence of bacterial biofilms in a rabbit model of sinusitis. Am J Rhinol 19 (1): 1-6,2005.

Meetze K, Palmer JN, Schlosser RJ: Frontal sinus complications after frontal craniotomy. Laryngoscope 114 (5): 945-8,2004.

Perloff JR, Palmer JN: Evidence of bacterial biofilms on frontal recess stents in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. Am J Rhinol 18 (6): 377-80,2004.

Chandra RK, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN: Endoscopic management of failed frontal sinus obliteration. Am J Rhinol 18 (5): 279-84,2004.

Cryer J, Schipor I, Perloff JR, Palmer JN: Evidence of bacterial biofilms in human chronic sinusitis. J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec 66 (3): 155-8,2004.

Palmer JN, Kennedy DW: Medical management in functional endoscopic sinus surgery failures. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 11 (1): 6-12,2003.

Palmer JN, Conley DB, Dong RG, Ditto AM, Yarnold P R, Kern R C: Efficacy of endoscopic sinus surgery in the management of patients with asthma and chronic sinusitis. Am J Rhinology 15 (1): 49-53,2001.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
3400 Spruce Street, 5 Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Phone: (215) 662-7746
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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