Christopher Rassekh, M.D., FACS

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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.
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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

Vimawala SN, Graboyes AZ, Bennett B, Bonanni M. Abbasi A, Oliphant T. Alonso-Basanta M. Rassekh C.Cohen D, Brant JA, Huan Y. : Head and Neck Paragangliomas: Overview of Institutional Experience. Cancers (Basel). 2024 Apr 16;16(8):1523, doi: 10.3390/cancers 16081523. PMID: 38672605 Apr 2024.

Hoffman HT, Koch M, Witt RL, Ryan WR, Zenk J, Katz P, Rahmati R, Rassekh C, Donato F. McCulloch TM, Joshi AS, Chang JL, Gillespie MB, Pichardo PFA, Orloff LA, Marcelino A. Wenzel P. Cohen D. Fundakowski CE, Cognetti DM, Walvekar RR, Bertelli A, Quon H, Anderson C, Policeni B, Siegel G.: Proposal for standardized ultrasound analysis of the salivary glands: Part 1 2 submandibular gland. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2024 Feb 14:9(1):e1224, doi: 10.1002/lio2.1224. eCollection 2024 Feb. PMID: 2024.

Tondi-Resta I, Hobday SB, Gubbiotti MA, Jalaly JB, Rassekh CH, Montone KM, Baloch ZW. : Carcinoma Ex Pleomorphic Adenomas: An Institutional Experience and Literature Review Am J Clin Pathol Mar 2023.

Hobday SB, Mady LJ, Jacobson AM, Rassekh CH.: CIC-DUX4 Sarcoma Involving the Skull Base: A Rare Presentation and Review of the Literature. J Neurol Surg Rep. 2023 Oct 13;84(4):e124-e128. doi: 10.1055/a-2166-5688. eCollection 2023 Oct. PMID: 37842548 2023.

Brenner MJ, Brodsky MB, Rassekh CH. : Reassessing Endotracheal Tube Size in Critically Ill Patients. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 Feb 1;149(2):188. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2022.4273. 2023.

Saleh S, Sullivan SE, Bellile E, Roxbury C, Das P, Hachem RA, Ackall F, Jang D, Celtikci E, Sahin MM, D'souza G, Evans JJ, Nyquist G, Khalafallah A, Mukherjee D, Rowan NR, Camp S, Choby G, Gompel JJV, Ghiam MK, Levine CG, Field M, Adappa N, Locke TB, Rassekh C, Sweis AM, Goyal N, Zacharia B, Wilson MN, Patel S, Gardner PA, Snyderman CH, Wang EW, Glancz LJ, Bagchi A, Dow G, Robertson I, Rangarajan SV, Michael LM 2nd, McKean EL: Retrospective Review of Surgical Site Infections after Endoscopic Endonasal Sellar and Parasellar Surgery: Multicenter Quality Data from the North American Skull Base Society. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 83(6): 579-588, Aug 2022.

Badash I, Raskin J, Pei M, Soldatova L, Rassekh C: Contemporary Review of Submandibular Gland Sialolithiasis and Surgical Management Options. Cureus 14(8): e28147, Aug 2022.

Douglas JE, Wen CZ, Thomas WW, Elrakhawy M, Rassekh CH: Management of Chronic Sialadenitis due to Sjogren's Syndrome and Radioactive Iodine Therapy Using Sialendoscopy. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec 11: 1-5, Jul 2022.

McCarty BS, Bosso JV, Rassekh CH: A rare case of allergic sialadenitis successfully treated with dupilumab and sialendoscopy. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 128(6): 726-727, Jun 2022.

Henry LE, Paul EA, Atkins JH, Chalian AA, Martin ND, Rassekh CH: Institutional Analysis of Intra- and Post-Operative Tracheostomy Management for Risk Reduction World J. Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Surg 8(4): 370-377, May 2022.

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