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Christopher Rassekh, M.D., FACS

Christopher Rassekh, M.D., FACS

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Associate 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

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, 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.

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 DOI: 10.1002/lary.25353, July 2015.

Kovatch Kevin J, Purkey Michael T, Martinez-Lage Maria, Gausas Roberta E, Loevner Laurie A, Grady M Sean, O'Malley Bert W, Rassekh Christopher H: Management of an expansile orbital mass: Plexiform neurofibroma decompression by orbitozygomatic approach. The Laryngoscope May 2015.

Rassekh Christopher H, Kazahaya Ken, Livolsi Virginia A, Loevner Laurie A, Cowan Andy T, Weinstein Gregory S: Transoral robotic surgery-assisted excision of a congenital cervical salivary duct fistula presenting as a branchial cleft fistula. Head & neck May 2015.

Rassekh Christopher H, Cost Jamey L, Hogg Jeffery P, Hurst Mike K, Marano Gary D, Ducatman Barbara S: 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.

Thomas WW, Rassekh CH, Kejner A, Weinstein GS, O’Malley BW: Nasopharyngeal Evaluation in the Transoral Robotic Surgery Approach to the Head and Neck Carcinoma Unknown Primary in the Era of Human Papillomavirus Pandemic: How We do it and Why? Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B(DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1546612), 58, 2015 Notes: poster presentation.

Rassekh CH and Marchal F: Transoral Robotic Surgery with Sialendoscopy for submandibular hilum. Sialendoscopy Practical Techniques Manual. Marchal F (eds.).(Chapter 89), 208-209, 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 Notes: poster presentation.

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(DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1546616), 59-60, 2015 Notes: oral presentation.

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