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Michael Aaron Kohanski, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

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3400 Spruce St, 5 Ravdin
Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-349-5766
B.S.E. (Bioengineering)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
M.D./Ph.D. (Bioengineering)
Boston University, 2011.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident in Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins University, 2011-2016.
Research Rhinology Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2016-2017.
Clinical Rhinology Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2017-2018.
American Board of Otolaryngology, 2017.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Kohanski has been on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania since 2018 following completion of his rhinology and skull base surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He is in the division of Rhinology and Skull Base surgery and is a member of the Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) Center. Dr. Kohanski focuses on the treatment of recalcitrant sinus infections, revision sinus surgery, sinus tumors and endoscopic cerebrospinal fluid leak repairs. Dr. Kohanski also collaborates closely with the Neurosurgery Department on endoscopic approaches to resect tumors of the anterior skull base. Dr. Kohanski has a special interest in translating new advances in our understanding of chronic rhinosinusitis from the bench to the bedside to improve the lives of those suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis. Dr. Kohanski brings a comprehensive clinical approach incorporating the latest clinical advances in rhinology while also tailoring care to the individual’s goals and needs to help those afflicted with disorders of the paranasal sinuses.

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Kohanski’s research focuses include understanding the role of inflammatory signals in the development of sinus polyps, with a focus on rare upper respiratory epithelial cells, solitary chemosensory cells, as a source of inflammation. From his Ph.D. work on antibiotic mechanisms of action and the development of antibiotic resistance, Dr. Kohanski also has an interest in understanding the evolution of antibiotic resistance as it pertains to the use of antibiotics in the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis. Dr. Kohanski is an author/co-author on over 50 peer reviewed scientific articles.

Selected Publications

Kohanski MA, Cohen NA, Barrett NA: Epithelial Dysregulation in Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyposis (CRSwNP) and Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) J Allergy Clin Immunol 148(5): 1161-1164, Nov 2021.

Locke TB, Sweis AM, Douglas JE, Ig-Izevbekhai KI, Stevens EM, Civantos AM, McCarty EB, Kumar A, Kohanski MA, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN, Bosso JV, Adappa ND: Treatment Outcomes in Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease Based on the 12-Item Short Form Survey. Am J Rhinol Allergy 35(6): 790-797, Nov 2021.

Bianca Rullan Oliver, Heather Ungerer, Siddhant Tripathi, Michael Kohanski, James Palmer, Auddie Sweis, Tapan Patel, Nithin Adappa, John Bosso.: "Central compartment atopic disease and allergic rhinitis have similar allergen patterns" American Rhinologic Society Fall Meeting Oct 2021.

Siddhant Tripathi, Ankur Kumar, Michael Kohanski, James Palmer, David Kennedy, Nithin Adappa, John Bosso, MD : Six months of aspirin therapy acts as an indicator of long-term outcomes in AERD. American Rhinologic Society Fall Meeting Oct 2021.

Tapan Patel, Bianca Rullan-Oliver, Michael Kohanski, Heather Ungerer, John Lee, Phillip Storm, Nithin Adappa, James Palmer: Outcomes of endoscopic resection of pediatric craniopharyngiomas American Rhinologic Society Fall Meeting Oct 2021.

Jennifer Douglas, Tapan Patel, Bianca Rullan-Oliver, Heather Ungerer, Lisa Hinh, Michael Kohanski, David Kennedy, James Palmer, Nithin Adappa, John Craig: Odontogenic sinusitis causing extra-sinus complications American Rhinologic Society Fall Meeting Oct 2021.

Kuan EC, Kennedy WP, Patel NN, Goshtasbi K, Kohanski MA, Tong CCL, Papagiannopoulos P, Kennedy DW, Palmer JN, Adappa ND, Bosso JV: Pre-intervention SNOT-22 scores predict outcomes in aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease. Am J Otolaryngol 42(5): 103025, Sep-Oct 2021.

Zullo KM, Douglas B, Maloney NM, Ji Y, Wei Y, Herbine K, Cohen R, Pastore C, Cramer Z, Wang X, Wei W, Somsouk M, Hung LY, Lengner C, Kohanski M, Cohen NA, Herbert DR: LINGO3 regulates mucosal tissue regeneration and promotes TFF2 dependent recovery from colitis. Scand J Gastroenterol 56(7): 791-805, Jul 2021.

Chao TN, Kuan EC, Tong CCL, Kohanski MA, Grady MS, Palmer JN, Adappa ND, O'Malley BW Jr: Surgical Treatment of Sinonasal Mucosal Melanoma in Patients Treated with Systemic Immunotherapy. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 82(Suppl 3): e148-e154, Jul 2021.

Bosso JV, Tripathi SH, Kennedy DW, Kohanski MA, Cohen NA, Palmer JN, Adappa ND: Multidisciplinary Single-center outcomes compared to two-center outcomes for the treatment of Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 9(6): 2498-2500, Jun 2021.

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