Department of Otorhinolaryngology

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Christopher Rassekh, M.D., FACS

Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery
Director of Sialendoscopy Program, Penn Medicine
Co-Chair, Airway Safety Committee, Hospital University of Pennsylvania
Department: Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Contact information
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
BS (General Science)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1982.
University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, 1986.
Post-Graduate Training
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Otology Laboratory, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics , 1986-1987.
Internship in General Surgery, Butterworth Hospital, Michigan State University , 1987-1988.
Resident in Otolaryngology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics , 1988-1992.
Fellow in Advanced Head & Neck Oncologic/Cranial Base Surgery, University of Pittsburgh , 1992-1993.
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology, 1993.
Diplomate, Joint Council for Approval of Advanced Training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, 1993.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Head and Neck Oncology
Cranial Base Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Organ Preservation Surgery
Neck Dissection
Salivary Gland Surgery
Difficult Airway Management
Palliative Care for Head and Neck Cancer
Endocrine Surgery (thyroid and parathyroid)

Description of Other Expertise

Cycling and Multisport (Triathlon and Aquabike)-

I am very experienced cyclist and have experience in sports performance

Description of Research Expertise

Research Experience:

Small Animal Model Research
Cadaveric Surgical Research
Basic Immunology Techniques for Translational Research
Interpreting Basic Science for Translational Research
Basic Outcomes Data Research/ Quality of Life Studies
Clinical Research on Surgical Innovation
(especially minimally invasive salivary gland surgery, organ preservation surgery, minimally invasive cranial base and pharyngeal/laryngeal surgery)
Clinical Research on Imaging

Current Research Projects:

Sialendoscopy database and Hybrid Approaches to Submandibular Gland Surgery
Level I neck dissection
Radiographically Enhanced Clinical Airway Tool (REACT)
Surgical Managemet and Clinical Approaches to Parapharyngeal Space Tumors
Cartilaginous and Osseous Tumors (Chondrosarcoma, Chordoma and Osteosarcoma)
Endoscopic (Robotic) and Open Organ Preservation Surgery Analysis
HPV-related Oropharyngeal Cancer

Selected Publications

Thomas WW, Douglas JE, Rassekh CH: "Accuracy of Ultrasonagraphy and Computed Tomography in the Evaluation of Patients Undergoing Sialendoscopy for Sialolithiasis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg Sage, 156(5): 834-839, May 2017.

Workman AD, Brody RM, Parasher AK, Glicksman JT, Brooks SC, Newman JG, Rassekh CH, Chalian AA, Chiu AG, Weinstein GW, Adappa ND, O'Malley BW, Palmer JN. : Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma: A 15-year Single-Institution Experience. J Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base. Kraus D, Link M (eds.). Thieme, 78(S1): 147, March 2017 Notes: poster presentation

Hatten KM, Rassekh CH: Transoral Approach to the Prestyloid Parapharyngeal Space in "Operative Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery" 3rd ed. Myers EN, Snyderman CH eds. (eds.). Elsevier, Chapter 100, March 2017 Notes: In press.

Rassekh CH: Neoplasms of the Lip. In "Decision Making in Otolaryngology, 2nd ed. Alper C, Myers EN, Eibling DE, eds. (eds.). Wise Press, March 2017.

Hatten KM, O'Malley BW, Jr., Bur AM, Patel MR, Rassekh CH, Newman JG, Cannady SB, Chalian AA, Hodnett BL, Lin A, Cohen RB, Bauml KM, Montone KT, Livolsi VA, Weinstein GS: Transoral Robotic Surgery-Assisted Endoscopy with Primary Site Detection and Treatment in Occult Mucosal Primaries. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 143(3): 267-273, Mar 2017.

Rassekh CH: Parapharyngeal Space Mass. In "Decision Making in Otolaryngology, 2nd ed." Alper C, Myers EN, Eibling DE (eds.). Wise Press, 2017.

Rassekh CH: Section 7: Hypopharynx and Esophagus. Operative Otolaryngology, 3rd ed. Myers EN, Snyderman CH (eds.). Elsevier, 2017 Notes: I was the section editor for section 7 as titled above and wrote editorial comments for all chapters in that section.

Thomas WW, Rassekh CH. : Patient Evaluation and Physical Examination. In "Gland Preserving Surgery-A Problem Based Approach" Gillespie MB, Walvekar RR, Schaitkin B, Eisele D, eds. (eds.). Springer, Chapter 1, 2017 Notes: Salivary Gland book focusing on sialendoscopy and minimally invasive surgery.

Brody RM, Pandey NC, Bur AM, O'Malley BW,Jr., Rassekh CH, Weinstein GS, Chalian AA, Newman JG, Cannady SB: Anterior Lateral Thigh Osteomyocutaneous Free Flap Reconstruction in the Head and Neck: The anterolateral thigh osteomyocutaneous femur bone flap. Head Neck 38(12): 1788-1793, Dec 2016.

Ahn, PH, Mitra, N, Alonso-Basanta M, Adappa ND, Palmer JN, O'Malley BW Jr, Rassekh CH, Chalian AA, Cohen RB, Lin A.: Nodal Metastases and Elective Nodal Treatment in Sinonasal Small-Cell and Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma: A Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Analysis. Br J Radiol 89(1058): 20150488, Nov 2016.

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