Christopher Rassekh, M.D., FACS

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Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery
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.
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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

Speak French Fluently

Read and Understand Spanish for Health Professionals

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

Bier-Laning C, Cramer JD, Roy S, Palmieri PA, Amin A, Añon JM, Bonilla-Asalde CA, Bradley PJ, Chaturvedi P, Cognetti DM, Dias F, Di Stadio A, Fagan JJ, Feller-Kopman DJ, Hao SP, Kim KH, Koivunen P, Loh WS, Mansour J, Naunheim MR, Schultz MJ, Shang Y, Sirjani DB, St John MA, Tay JK, Vergez S, Weinreich HM, Wong EWY, Zenk J, Rassekh CH, Brenner MJ.: Tracheostomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Comparison of International Perioperative Care Protocols and Practices in 26 Countries. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Nov 2020.

Parhar HS, Shimunov D, Brody RM, Cannady SB, Newman JG, O'Malley BW Jr, Chalian AA, Rassekh CH, Weinstein GS, Rajasekaran K.: Revisiting the Recommendation for Contralateral Tonsillectomy in HPV-Associated Tonsillar Carcinoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Nov 2020.

McGrath BA, Brenner MJ, Warrillow SJ, Pandian V, Arora A, Cameron TS, Añon JM, Hernández Martínez G, Truog RD, Block SD, Lui GCY, McDonald C, Rassekh CH, Atkins J, Qiang L, Vergez S, Dulguerov P, Zenk J, Antonelli M, Pelosi P, Walsh BK, Ward E, Shang Y, Gasparini S, Donati A, Singer M, Openshaw PJM, Tolley N, Markel H, Feller-Kopman DJ.: Tracheostomy in the COVID-19 era: global and multidisciplinary guidance. Lancet Respir Med. 8(7): 717-725, July 2020.

Soldatova L, Rassekh CH, Baloch ZW, Jalaly JB, Sedora-Roman NI, Loevner LL, Cognetti DM, Witt RL, Dulguerov P: Salivary gland disease in the era of COVID-19 pandemic. Head Neck. 2020 Apr 28. doi: 10.1002/hed.26210. [Epub ahead of print] 2020.

Chao TN; Braslow BM, Martin; ND; Chalian, AA; Atkins JH, Haas Andrew R, Rassekh CH,: Tracheostomy in Ventilated Patients with COVID-19. Guidelines from the COVID-19 Tracheotomy Task Force, a Working Group of the Airway Safety Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Annals of Surgery Annals of Surgery (IN press March, 2020) 2020.

Civantos AM, Carey RM, Lichtenstein GR, Lukens JN, Cohen RB, Rassekh CH.: Care of immunocompromised patients with head and neck cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic: Two challenging and informative clinical cases. Head Neck. 2020 Apr 16. doi: 10.1002/hed.26165. [Epub ahead of print] 2020.

Rassekh CH, Jenks CM, Ochroch EA, Douglas JE, O'Malley BW Jr, Weinstein GS: Management of the difficult airway in the COVID-19 pandemic: Illustrative complex head and neck cancer scenario. Head Neck. 2020 Apr 16. doi: 10.1002/hed.26175. [Epub ahead of print] 2020.

McGrath BM, Brenner M, Warrilow S et al: International Multidisciplinary Expert Consensus Guidance for Tracheostomy During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Lancet-Pulmonary (in press) 2020.

Iocca O, Di Maio P, De Virgilio A et al, .: Lymph Node Yield and Lymph Node Ratio in oral cavity and oropharyngeal carcinoma. Preliminary Results of a prospective, multicenter, international cohort. Oral Oncology, in Press April 2020 2020.

Rassekh CH.: Editorial-Airway Team Dynamics and Risk Reduction. Head Neck. 41(12): 4189-4190, Dec 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1002/hed.25947. Epub 2019 Sep 10.

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Last updated: 11/05/2020
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