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

Rassekh CH, Kazahaya K, Livolsi VA, Loevner LA, Cowan AT, Weinstein GS: "Transoral Robotic Surgery-Assisted Excision of a Congenital Cervical Salivary Duct Fistula Presenting as a Branchial Cleft Fistula" Head & Neck 38(2): 49-53, Feb 2016.

Thaler ER, Rassekh CH, Lee JM, Weinstein GS, O'Malley BW Jr.: "Outcomes for Multilevel Surgery for Sleep Apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Transoral Robotic Surgery, and Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty" The Laryngoscope 126(1): 266-9, Jan 2016.

Kaczmar JM, Tan KS, Heitjan DF, Lin A, Ahn PH, Newman JG, Rassekh CH, Chalian AA, O'Malley BW, Cohen RB, Weinstein GS: "HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer: Risk Factors for Treatment Failure in Patients Managed with Primary Transoral Robotic Surgery" Head & Neck 38(1): 59-65, Jan 2016.

Kovatch KJ, Purkey MT, Martinez-Lage M, Gausas RE, Loevner LA, Grady MS, O'Malley BW, Rassekh CH: "Management of an Expansile Orbital Mass: Plexiform Neurofibroma Decompression by Orbitozygomatic Approach" The Laryngoscope 125(11): 2457-60, Nov 2015.

Rassekh CH, Zhao J, Martin ND, Chalian AA, Atkins JH: "Tracheostomy Complications as a Trigger for an Airway Rapid Response: Analysis and Quality Improvement Considerations" Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Krouse (eds.). Sage, September 2015.

Rassekh CH, Marchal F, O'Malley BW, Jr., Weinstein GS: Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) Parapharyngeal Approach for Submandibular Gland Excision in a Cadaver Model American Head and Neck Society Translational Research Meeting, Boston, MA April 2015 Notes: poster presentation

Rassekh CH, Cost JL, Hogg JP, Hurst MK, Marano GD, Ducatman BS: "Positron Emission Tomography in Warthin's Tumor Mimicking Malignancy Impacts the Evaluation of Head and Neck Patients" American Journal of Otolaryngology 36(2): 259-63, Mar-Apr 2015.

Rassekh CH, Haughey BH: Total Laryngectomy and Laryngopharyngectomy. Cummings Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 6th edition. Elsevier, 6: Chapter 110, 2015.

Chao TN, Rassekh CH, Loevner LA, Cannady SB, Livolsi VA: "Giant Parotid Carcinosarcoma (True Malignant Mixed Tumor) Arising in a Pleomorphic Adenoma: Preservation of the Facial Nerve by Retrograde Dissection and Free Flap Reconstruction" Journal of Neurological Surgery, Part B: Skull Base Page: 86-87, 2015.

Rassekh CH, Weinstein GS, Loevner LA, Chalian AA, O’Malley BW: "Outcomes of Transoral Robotic Surgery for Parapharyngeal Space Salivary Gland Neoplasms" Journal of Neurological Surgery, Part B: Skull Base Page: 59-60, 2015.

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