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Nithin D. Adappa, MD

Nithin D. Adappa, MD Physician

Director, Otorhinolaryngology Allergy Clinic
Surgical Director, Penn AERD Center
Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Adappa is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
  • Cranial Base Tumors
  • Deviated Septum (Septoplasty) Surgery
  • Encephalocele Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Facial Fracture
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Nasal Tumors
  • Nose Inverting Papilloma
  • Paranasal Disorders
  • Polypectomy
  • Polypectomy - Nasal Sinus
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Inverting Papilloma
  • Sinusitis
  • Skull Base Surgery

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: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center


American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, National American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, National American Rhinology Society, National North American Skull Base Society, National Penn Medical Student Otolaryngology Interest Group, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Adappa 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.


Selected Publications:

Craig J, Adappa ND: Delivery of topical therapy to the frontal sinus. Endoscopic Surgical Approaches to Frontal Sinus Disease : 2017.

Schwartz JS, Adappa ND: Sinonasal anatomy and development Rhinology and Allergy: Clinical Reference Guide : 2017.

Schwartz JS, Palmer JN, Adappa ND: Complications of endoscopic orbital decompression Endoscopic Surgery of the Orbit: Anatomy, Pathology, and Management : 2017.

Schwartz JS, Adappa ND: Congenital and Pediatric Frontal Pathology Frontal Sinus Surgery: A Systematic Approach : 2017.

Lee RJ, Workman AD, Carey RM, Chen B, Rosen PL, Doghramji L, Adappa ND, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW, Cohen NA: Fungal Aflatoxins Reduce Respiratory Mucosal Ciliary Function Scientific Reports : 2016.

Cottrill EE, Chen B, Adappa ND, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW, Lee RJ, Cohen NA: Expression of dermcidin in human sinonasal secretions. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology : 2016.

Ahn PH, Mitra N, Alonso-Basanta M, Palmer JN, Adappa ND, O'Malley BW Jr, Rassekh C, Chalian A, Cohen RB, Lin A: Risk of lymph node metastasis and recommendations for elective nodal treatment in squamous cell carcinoma of the nasal cavity and maxillary sinus: a SEER analysis. Acta Oncologica : 2016.

Adappa ND, Truesdale CM, Workman AD, Doghramji L, Mansfield C, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN, Cowart BJ, Cohen NA: Correlation of T2R38 taste phenotype and in vitro biofilm formation from nonpolypoid chronic rhinosinusitis patients. International forum of allergy & rhinology 6 (8): 783-91,2016.

Tajudeen BA, Adappa ND: Instrumentation in Frontal Sinus Surgery. Otolaryngologic clinics of North America 49 (4): 945-9,2016.

Carey RM, Chen B, Adappa ND, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW, Lee RJ, Cohen NA: Human upper airway epithelium produces nitric oxide in response to Staphylococcus epidermidis. International forum of allergy & rhinology : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2360
Fax: (215) 614-0071
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)