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Nithin D. Adappa, MD

Nithin D. Adappa, MD Physician

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.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
  • Cranial Base Tumors
  • Deviated Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Encephalocele Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Facial Fracture
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Nasal Polypectomy (Nasal Polyp Removal Surgery)
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Nasal Tumor
  • Paranasal Sinus Disorders
  • Polypectomy (Polyp Removal Surgery)
  • 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:

O’Malley BW, Adappa ND: Juvenile Angiofibroma. Atlas of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery : 2013.

Adappa ND, Zhang Z, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW, Doghramji L, Lysenko A, Reed DR, Scott T, Zhao NW, Owens D, Lee RJ, Cohen NA: The bitter taste receptor T2R38 is an independent risk factor for chronic rhinosinusitis requiring sinus surgery. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology : 2013.

Khalili S, Worrall DM, Brooks S, Morris SM, Farquhar D, Newman JG, Learned KO, Ahn PH, Craig J, Kennedy DW, O'Malley BW, Palmer JN, Adappa ND: Endoscopy versus imaging: Analysis of surveillance methods in sinonasal malignancy. Head & neck 38 (8): 1229-33,2016.

Suh JD, Ramakrishnan VR, Thompson CF, Woodworth BA, Adappa ND, Nayak J, Lee JM, Lee JT, Chiu AG, Palmer JN: Inverted papilloma of the sphenoid sinus: Risk factors for disease recurrence. Laryngoscope : 2014.

Schwartz JS, Palmer JN, Adappa ND: Contemporary management of esthesioneuroblastoma. Current opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery 24 (1): 63-9,2016.

Tajudeen BA, Adappa ND, Kuan EC, Schwartz JS, Suh JD, Wang MB, Palmer JN: Smell preservation following endoscopic unilateral resection of esthesioneuroblastoma: a multi-institutional experience. International forum of allergy & rhinology : 2016.

Adappa ND, Howland TJ, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW, Doghramji L, Lysenko A, Reed DR, Lee RJ, Cohen NA: Genetics of the taste receptor T2R38 correlates with chronic rhinosinusitis necessitating surgical intervention. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol 3 (3): 184-7,2013.

Zhang Z, Adappa ND, Chiu AG, Doghramji LJ, Cohen NA, Palmer JN: Biofilm-forming bacteria and quality of life improvement after sinus surgery. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology : 2015.

Kim LY, Cohen NA, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW, Zhang Z, Adappa ND: Bacteriology of inverted papilloma. Rhinology : 2014.

Campbell RG, Farquhar D, Zhao N, Chiu AG, Adappa ND, Palmer JN: Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea secondary to idiopathic intracranial hypertension: Long-term outcomes of endoscopic repairs. American journal of rhinology & allergy 30 (4): 294-300,2016.

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)