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Michael J. Ruckenstein, MD

Michael J. Ruckenstein, MD Physician

Director, Implantable Hearing Devices Program
Director, Residency Training and Education
Vice Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology
Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • Hebrew

Dr. Ruckenstein is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Michael J. Ruckenstein

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Recognized by Suburban Life magazine's "Top Physicians 2010" issue

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issue,  2010, 2016

Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1994

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuromas
  • Age-related Hearing Loss (Presbycusis)
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Ear Infection
  • Cranial Base Surgery
  • Dizziness
  • Ear and Balance Disorders
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Infection (Otitis)
  • Ear Microsurgery
  • Ear Pain
  • Epley Maneuver (Canalith Repositioning Procedure)
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Grafts
  • Fluid in Ears
  • Glomus Tumors (Glomangioma)
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hearing Loss
  • Independent Medical Exam (IME)
  • Ménière's Disease
  • Middle Ear Disease
  • Motion Sickness
  • Neuro-Otology
  • Occupational Hearing Loss
  • Otology Testing
  • Otosclerosis
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Skull Base Surgery - Mid-Face
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo

Description of Clinical Expertise

Hearing loss, dizziness, Meniere's disease, benign positional vertigo, vertigo, cochlear implants, skull base surgery, acoustic neuromas, skull base tumors, glomus tumors, autoimmune inner ear disease, cholesteatoma, mastoidectomy, otosclerosis, stapedectomy

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: McGill University
Residency: Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Residency: Toronto Hospital
Fellowship: University of California at San Diego Medical Center


Amer Acad of Otolaryngology - H&N Surgery Home Study Course, National Amer Acad. of Otolaryngology-H&N Surgery Committee for Implantable Hearing Devices, National American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, National American College of Surgeons, National American Neurotologic Society, National American Otological Society, National Association for Research in Otolaryngology Program Committee, National Association for Research in Otolaryngology, National Canadian Soc. for Otolaryngology-H&N Surgery, International North American Skull Base Society, International Otolaryngology Program Directors Organization, National Program Project Grants, NIDCD, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, International Society of University Otolaryngologists, National Special Emphasis Panel - NIDCD for review of RO3 applications, The Triological Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ruckenstein 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.


Description of Research Expertise:

Meniere's disease, hearing loss, vertigo, autoimmune hearing loss,

Selected Publications:

JP Staab, MJ Ruckenstein: An Epidemiologic and Pharmacologic Dissection of Migraine, Anxiety, and Dizziness XXV Annual Meeting of the Barany Society, Kyoto Japan : 2008.

M.J. Ruckenstein: Who Is Performing Stapedectomy Surgery? Implications for Residency and Fellowship Training Annual Eastern Section Meeting of the Triological Society, Philadelphia, PA : 2008.

C.A. Banks, M.J. Ruckenstein: Rapid, Inexpensive, and Effective Treatment for Refractory Otitis Externa Annual Meeting of the Eastern Section of the Triological Society, Philadelphia PA : 2008.

Ruckenstein MJ, Staab JP: Chronic Subjective Dizziness Otolaryngol Clin NA 42 (1): 71-77,2009.

Ruckenstein MJ, Staab JP: Who is performing stapedectomy - implications for residency training Laryngoscope 118 (7): 1224-1227,2008.

W.M. Abuzeid, M.J. Ruckenstein: Spirochetes in otology: Are we testing for the right pathogens? Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 138 : 107-109,2008.

L.R. Javia, M.J. Ruckenstein: Hearing: Cochlear and Brainstem Implants Encyclopedia of Life Sciences : 1-10,2007.

J.P. Staab, M. J. Ruckenstein: Expanding the Differential Diagnosis of Chronic Dizziness Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 133 : 170-176,2007.

Shepard NT, Clendaniel R, Ruckenstein MJ: Balance and Dizziness Brain Injury Medicine : 491-510,2007.

Javia LR, Ruckenstein MJ: Ossiculoplasty Otolarngol Clin NA 39 (6): 1177-1189,2006.

Ruckenstein MJ, Shepard NT: The Canalith Repositioning Procedure With and Without Mastoid Oscillation for the Treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo ORL 69 : 295-298,2007.

Ruckenstein MJ: Therapeutic Efficacy of the Epley Canalith Repositioning Maneuver Laryngoscope 111 : 940-945,2001.

Academic Contact Info

UPHS, Department of Otorhinolaryngology: HNS
3400 Spruce Street, 5 Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Phone: (215) 662-6017
Fax: (215) 662-4182
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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