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Soo Kim Abboud, MD

Soo Kim Abboud, MD Physician

Section Chief, Otorhinolaryngology, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken:

  • Korean

Dr. Abboud is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Soo Kim Abboud

Soo Kim Abboud, MD serves as Chief of Otolaryngology at Penn Presbyterian Hospital, and Clinical Director of Otolaryngology at Penn Medicine University City.

She has clinical expertise in all aspects of general otolaryngology, including but not limited to sinonasal disorders, thyroid disease and cancer, neck masses, hoarseness, throat pain, recurrent tonsillitis, middle ear infections, ENT manifestations of Sjogren's Syndrome, and salivary gland diseases and malignancies.

Dr. Abboud is actively involved with research that aims to improve the early detection of Sjogren's Syndrome as well as improve treatment options and outcomes for patients afflicted with this autoimmune disorder. 

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Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 2004

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Adenoiditis
  • Airway Disorders
  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Rhinosinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Anterior Nasal Drip
  • Asymmetrical Hearing Loss
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Broken Nose (Nose Fracture)
  • Cancer of the Nasal Cavity
  • Cerumen Removal
  • Choking Sensation
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic Sinus Infection
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Crackling Sound in Ears
  • Deviated Septum
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Disorder of Ear Lobe
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
  • Dysphonia
  • Ear Canal Lesion
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Ear Cyst
  • Ear Discharge
  • Ear Drainage
  • Ear Exam
  • Ear Fullness
  • Ear Infection - Middle Ear (Otitis Media)
  • Ear Pressure
  • Earache
  • Enlarged Adenoids
  • Ethmoidectomy
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Face Swelling
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Injury
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Facial Paresis
  • Fissured Tongue
  • Foreign Body in Ear
  • Frenectomy
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Goiter
  • Hearing Aid Evaluation
  • Hearing Evaluation
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Hyperacusis
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Impacted Cerumen
  • Injection Medialization Laryngoplasty
  • Inner Ear Trauma
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Itchy Ear
  • Jaw Disorders
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal Polyps
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Lump in Throat
  • Mastoiditis
  • Maxillectomy
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Mixed Hearing Loss
  • Mouth Abscess
  • Mouth Bleeding
  • Mouth Infections
  • Muffled Hearing
  • Myringoplasty
  • Myringotomy
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Crusting
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Nasal Dryness
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Trauma
  • Nasoseptal Reconstruction
  • Neck Abscess
  • Neck Biopsy
  • Neck Cyst
  • Neck Lymph Nodes
  • Neck Mass Excision
  • Neural Hearing Loss
  • Nose Bleed
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Odynophagia
  • Oral Lesions
  • Oral Pain
  • Oropharyngeal Disorders
  • Otalgia
  • Paranasal Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Ear Drum
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perichondritis
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Post-Nasal Drip
  • Problems with Smell and Taste
  • Rhinitis
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Salivary Gland Swelling
  • Scratchy Voice
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sialadenitis
  • Sialolithiasis
  • Sinonasal Carcinoma
  • Sinonasal Mucocele
  • Sinonasal Papilloma
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Infections (Sinusitis)
  • Sinus Mass
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smell Disorders
  • Snoring
  • Sore Throat
  • Sphenoidectomy
  • Sphenoidotomy
  • Stomatitis
  • Submandibular Nodule
  • Submandibular Swelling
  • Sudden Deafness
  • Suppurative Tonsillitis
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Swollen Parotid
  • Swollen Throat
  • Swooshing Sound in Ears
  • Throat Abscess
  • Throat Disorders
  • Throat Drainage
  • Throat Mass
  • Thyroglossal Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Mass
  • Tongue Pain
  • Tongue Swelling
  • Tonsil Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)
  • Tonsillar Abscess
  • Tonsillar Hypertrophy
  • Tonsillitis (Tonsil Inflammation)
  • Tonsilloliths
  • Tympanic Membrane Perforation
  • Tympanometry
  • Uvuloplasty
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuronitis
  • Vocal Cord Issues
  • Vocal Cord Lesion
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • 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: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, National Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Abboud is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: On the medical staff, but does not have 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:

Sjogren's syndrome

Selected Publications:

Coblens OM, Jian B, Abboud SK: Melanin-Producing Medullary Thyroid Cancer- A Case Report Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas : 2015.

Lee JM, Abboud SK, Leahy KP, Mirza N: The Management of Sports-Related Laryngeal Trauma. Combined Sections Meeting: Triologic Society, Miami, Fl : 2012.

Cohen MA, Mirza N, Dow K, Abboud SK: Presentation and Publication Rates among Women and Men at AAO-HNS Meetings ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 74 (6): 325-9,2012.

Leibowitz J, Hashmi N, Mirza N, Abboud SK.: Extramedullary Plasmacytoma of the Nasopharynx Treated with Surgery and Adjuvant Radiation: Case Report and Review of the Literature. The Internet Journal of Otorhinolaryngology 12 (2): 2011.

Abboud SK: Treatment of Other Sicca Symptoms: Dry Ears,Nose,and Sinuses The New Sjogren's Syndrome Handbook : 218-221,2011.

Abboud SK, Cohen MA, Dow K, Mirza N: Presentation and Subsequent Publication Rates Among Women and Men at the Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meetings Over a 5-Year Period. Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery annual meeting,San Diego, CA. : 2009.

Leibowitz J, Hashmi N, Mirza N, Abboud SK: Case Report: Isolated Extramedullary Plasmacytoma of the Nasopharynx Treated with Surgical Resection Followed by Radiation Therapy. Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings, Phoenix, Arizona. : 2009.

Abboud, Soo Kim: Orofacial Pain, Clinical Pain Syndromes Anesthesia Pocket Consult: Pain Management : 2008.

Chennupati SK, Sparano AM, Dow KR, Mirza N, Abboud SK: Tonsillar Hypertrophy a More Frequent Cause of Sleep Apnea in African-American Patients: Incidence and Implications for Treatment and Long-term Sequelae PAO-HNS Meeting, Bedford Springs, PA : 2008.

Abboud, Joseph A. and Abboud, Soo Kim: No More Joint Pain Yale University Press : 2008.

Academic Contact Info

3737 Market Street
3rd Floor
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Penn Medicine University City

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-9900
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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