Penn Medicine
Help | Search | Site Map | Contact   
faculty photo

Christopher Rassekh, M.D., FACS

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.
Post-Graduate Training
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Otology Laboratory, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics , 1986-1987.
Internship in General Surgery, Butterworth Hospital, Michigan State University , 1987-1988.
Resident in Otolaryngology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics , 1988-1992.
Fellow in Advanced Head & Neck Oncologic/Cranial Base Surgery, University of Pittsburgh , 1992-1993.
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology, 1993.
Diplomate, Joint Council for Approval of Advanced Training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, 1993.
Permanent link
> Perelman School of Medicine   > Faculty   > Details

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

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.

Chao HH, Schonewolf CA, Tan EX, Swisher-McClure S, Ghiam AF, Weinstein GS, O'Malley BW Jr, Chalian AA, Rassekh CH, Newman JG, Cohen RB, Bauml JM, Aggarwal C, Lin A, Lukens JN.: The impact of treatment package time on locoregional control for HPV+ oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma treated with surgery and postoperative (chemo)radiation. Head Neck. 41(11): 3858-3868, Nov 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1002/hed.25914. Epub 2019 Aug 14.

Gershowitz J, Chao HH, Doucette A, Lukens JN, Swisher-McClure S, Weinstein GS, O'Malley BW Jr, Chalian AA, Rassekh CH, Newman JG, Cohen RB, Bauml JM, Aggarwal C, Lin A.: Risk of post-operative pre-radiotherapy contralateral neck recurrence in patients treated with surgery followed by radiotherapy for human papilloma virus-associated tonsil cancer. Br J Radiol. 92(10): 1104, October 2019 Notes: 20190466. doi: 10.1259/bjr.20190466. Epub 2019 Oct 15.

Holsinger FC, Magnuson JS, Weinstein GS, Chan JYK, Starmer HM, Tsang RKY, Wong EWY, Rassekh CH, Bedi N, Hong SSY, Orosco R, O'Malley BW Jr, Moore EJ.: A Next-Generation Single-Port Robotic Surgical System for Transoral Robotic Surgery: Results From Prospective Nonrandomized Clinical Trials. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg Sept 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2019.2654. [Epub ahead of print]

back to top
Last updated: 05/11/2020
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
© The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Site best viewed with a supported browser.
SOM Home International Programs Penn Alumni Clinical Trials Centers and Institutes Departments Faculty Research Education Administration