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Karthik Rajasekaran, MD, FACS, MD

Karthik Rajasekaran, MD, FACS, MD Physician

Director of Facial Trauma Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • English
  • Tamil

Dr. Rajasekaran is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Karthik Rajasekaran, MD, FACS

Dr. Karthik Rajasekaran is a head & neck oncologic and reconstructive surgeon.  He specializes in treating benign and malignant tumors of the nose, sinuses, oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, thyroid, skin and salivary glands.  Seeking to ensure the best possible care, Dr. Raj’s particular expertise is working with patients on individualized treatment plans.

Dr. Raj’s surgery skills encompass endoscopic, minimally invasive and traditional techniques.  He also has special expertise in transoral robotic surgery (TORS), endoscopic approaches for skull base and nasal tumors, sentinel lymph node biopsy (a procedure to check whether cancer has spread), and state of the art reconstructive options following cancer surgery, injury from radiation therapy and trauma.  He is committed to treating his patients as he would his own family and prides himself on being as accessible as possible to his patients.

Dr. Raj’s research interests include outcomes for patients treated with advanced head and neck cancer, decreasing opioid use in head and neck cancer patients, and investigating methods to optimize perioperative care.  Dr. Raj has published numerous scientific publications and textbook chapters.  His research has won several national awards and he also has been awarded several research grants.  His most valuable asset is that he focuses on providing care in a patient centric and compassionate manner that meets the goals and values of his patients and their caregivers.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 2017

Clinical Expertise:

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
  • Balance Disorders
  • Broken Nose (Nose Fracture)
  • Brow Lift
  • Burn Reconstruction
  • Chemical Peel
  • Cough
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Deviated Septum
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • DiGeorge Syndrome
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
  • Ear and Temporal Bone Tumors
  • Ear Infection - Middle Ear (Otitis Media)
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)
  • Facial Deformities
  • Facial Implants
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Vein
  • forehead lift
  • Forehead Nodule
  • Frostbite of Ear
  • Frostbite of Face
  • Frostbite of Nose
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Goiter
  • Head and Neck Tumor Reconstruction
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Jaw Disorders
  • Keloid Scar
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Mastoiditis
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microsurgery
  • Mouth Infections
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Neck Lift
  • Neck Masses and Lumps
  • Nose Bleed
  • Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Oral Pain
  • Oropharyngeal Disorders
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Sinonasal Mucocele
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Infections (Sinusitis)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smell Disorders
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Throat Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • Tonsil Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)
  • Tonsillitis (Tonsil Inflammation)
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Lesion
  • Voice Disorders
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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: Rosalind Franklin University
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, National American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, National American College of Surgeons, National American Head and Neck Society, National American Medical Association, National Gold Humanism Honor Society, National Northeast Ohio Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Rajasekaran 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:

Rajasekaran K, Stubbs V, Chen J, Yalamanchi P, Cannady S, Brant J, Newman J: Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Parotid Gland: A National Cancer Data Base Study Combined Otolaryngology Sections Meeting (COSM), Baltimore, MD : 2018.

Rajasekaran K, Yarpak N, Adelberg J, O'Malley B, Newman J, Cannady S, Chalian A, Rassekh C, Lin A, Lukens J, McClure S, Cohen R, Aggarwal C, Bauml J, Weinstein G: Transoral Robotic Surgery-Assisted Endoscopy with Primary Site Detection for Occult Mucosal Primaries- 2 Year Survival Combined Otolaryngology Sections Meeting, Baltimore, MD : 2018.

Yalamanchi P, Workman A, Thomas W, Rajasekaran K, Chalian A, Shanti R, Newman J, Cannady S: An Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes and Cost Free Osteocutaneous Fibula Flap for Reconstruction of Head and Neck Surgical Defects Combined Otolaryngology Sections Meeting (COSM), Baltimore, MD : 2018.

Rajasekaran K, Stubbs V, Chen J, Yalamanchi P, Cannady S, Brant J, Newman J: Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Parotid Gland: A National Cancer Database Study Am J Otolaryngol S0196-0709 (18): 30043-7,2018.

Ranasinghe V, Lerner D, Rajasekaran K, Shanti R, Newman J, Cannady S: Uvular Metastisis of Renal Cell Carcinoma 27 years after Nephrectomy Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ : 2018.

19., Stubbs V, Rajasekaran K, Gigliotti A, Mahmoud A, Brody R, Newman J, Rassekh C, Weinstein G.: Management of the Airway for Transoral Robotic Supraglottic Partial Laryngectomy Frontiers in Oncology 8 : 312,2018.

Gomez D, Thakkar P, Rajasekaran K, Brody R, Shanti R, Newman J, Cannady S: Patient Characteristics as Predictors of Postoperative Complications in Free Flap Reconstruction for Head and Neck Cancer Combined Otolaryngologic Spring Meeting, San Diego, CA : 2017.

Chao T, Mahmoud A, Rajasekaran K, Mirza N: Medialization Thyroplasty with Tensor Fascia Lata. A Novel Approach for Reducing Post-Thyroplasty Complications Combined Otolaryngologic Spring Meeting, San Diego, CA : 2017.

Rajasekaran K, Fritz M: Making Small from Big-Combining Rotation/Advancement and Composite Grafts for Management of Complex Nasal Defects Combined Otolaryngologic Spring Meeting, Chicago, IL : 2016.

Rajasekaran K, Fritz M: Reconstruction of Central Palate Sparing Bilateral Lateral Maxillectomy Defect with Split Perforator Anterolateral Thigh Flap using a Minimal Access Approach Combined Otoalaryngologic Spring Meeting, Chicago, IL : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

800 Walnut St, 18th Floor
Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Penn Medicine

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