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Karen Bracha Zur, MD

Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Associate Director, Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Director, Pediatric Voice Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Attending Staff, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Division Chief, Otolaryngology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Dec 1 2020- )
E. Mortimer Newlin Endowed Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology and Human Communication, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Contact information
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Division of Otolaryngology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
1 Wood Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-3440/1582
Fax: 215-590-3986
B.S. (Biology)
Yale University, 1994.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1998.
Post-Graduate Training
General Surgery Intern, Mt. Sinai Hospital, 1998-1999.
Otolaryngology Resident, Mt. Sinai Hospital, 1999-2003.
Fellow, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2003-2005.
Physician Leadership Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, 2016-2017.
Executive Education Program (certificate), “Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager” Wharton Business School (10/28-11/1/18; Richard Lambert, Course Director), 2018-2018.
American Board of Otolaryngology (renewed March 2012), 2004.
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Description of Research Expertise

Pediatric voice disorders
Laryngotracheal reconstruction
General pediatric otolaryngology
Pediatric swallowing disorders
Management of larygotracheal papillomatosis

Description of Clinical Expertise

Management of unilateral vocal fold paralysis
Pediatric airway reconstruction
Pediatic voice disorders
Pediatric dysphagia
General pediatric otolaryngology
Management of larygotracheal papillomatosis

Selected Publications

Zur KB, Douglas J, Carroll L: Intubation-related laryngeal deficiency and vocal fold immobility in pediatric premature patients. Laryngoscope 131(11): 2550-57, Nov 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1002/lary.29592. Epub 2021 May 6.

Chorney SR, Stow J, Javia LR, Zur KB, Jacobs IN, Sobol SE: Tracheocutaneous fistula after pediatric open airway reconstruction. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 130(8): 948-953, Aug 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1177/0003489420987426. Epub 2021 Jan 8.

Pereira KD, Teplitzky TB, Zur KB, Preciado DA, Briddell JW, El Metwally D, Isaiah A: Tracheostomy on infants born in the periviable period: Outcomes at discharge from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 146: 110746, July 2021 Notes: 2021 Jul;146:110746. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2021.110746. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

Chorney SR, Zur KB: Adenoidectomy without tonsillectomy for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 164(5): 1100-1107, May 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1177/0194599820955172. Epub 2020 Sep 22.

Chorney SR, Zur KB, Buzi A: Reflux as a risk factor for morbidity after pediatric tonsillectomy: A national inpatient cohort. Laryngoscope 131(4): 907-910, Apr 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1002/lary.28895. Epub 2020 Jul 18.

Chorney SR, Zur KB, Buzi A, McKenna Benoit MK, Chennupati SK, Kleinman S, DeMauro SB, Elden LM: Recorded flexible nasolaryngoscopy for neonatal vocal cord assessment in a prospective cohort. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 130(3): 292-297, Mar 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1177/0003489420950370. Epub 2020 Aug 14. 

Wertz A, Carroll LM, Zur KB: Pediatric laryngopharyngeal reflux: Perceptual, acoustic, and laryngeal findings. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 133: 109974, Jun 2020 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.109974. Epub 2020 Mar 5.

Pereira KD, Shaigany K, Zur KB, Jenks CM, Preciado DA, Hamdi O, Banker K, Briddell JW, Isaiah A: Tracheostomy in the extremely premature neonate: a multi-institutional study. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 162(4): 559-565, Apr 2020.

Chorney SR, Dailey JF, Zur KB: Pediatric adenoidectomy in the very young child and indications for postoperative inpatient admission. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 130: 109796, Mar 2020 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2019.109796. Epub 2019 Nov 25.

Schiff CS, Zur KB, Biggs LM, Guo J, Pitman MJ: Pediatricians' proficiency in the care of the dysphonic child. Laryngoscope 129(8): 1756-1762, Aug 2019 Notes: Survey study.

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