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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, Joint Council for Approval of Advanced Training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, 1993.
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology, 1993.
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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

Carey RM, Shimunov D, Weinstein GS, Cannady SB, Lukens JN, Lin A, Swisher-McClure S, Bauml JM, Aggarwal C, Cohen RB, Newman JG, Chalian AA, Rassekh CH, Basu D, O'Malley BW Jr, Rajasekaran K, Brody RM. : Increased rate of recurrence and high rate of salvage in patients with human papillomavirus-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma with adverse features treated with primary surgery without recommended adjuvant therapy. Head Neck 43(4): 1128-1141, April 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1002/hed.26578. Epub 2020 Dec 16.


Brenner MJ, Rassekh CH, Dulguerov P : Improving the Safety and Science of COVID-19 Tracheostomy: Challenges and Opportunities. Laryngoscope March 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1002/lary.29512. Online ahead of print.

Rassekh CH, McGrath BA, Brenner MJ. : Shared Decision-making and Stakeholder Engagement in COVID-19 Tracheostomy. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. March 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2021.0181. Online ahead of print.

Parhar H, Brody RM, Shimunov D, Rajasekaren K, Rassekh CH, Basu D, O'Malley BW Jr, Chalian AA, Newman JG, Loevner L, Lazor JW, Weinstein GS, Cannady SB.: Retropharyngeal Internal Carotid Artery Management in TORS Using Microvascular Reconstruction. Laryngoscope. 131(3): E821-E827, March 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1002/lary.28876. Epub 2020 Jul 4.

Roy S, Cramer JD, Bier-Laning C, Palmieri PA, Rassekh CH, Brenner MJ. Emergency Surgical Airway Algorithm for Difficult Airway Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic. : Emergency Surgical Airway Algorithm for Difficult Airway Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Jan 2021.

Gomez ED, Chang JC, Ceremsak JJ, Brody RM, Brant JA, Rassekh CH, Weinstein GS, Newman JG.: Impact of Lymph Node Yield on Survival in Surgically Treated Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Gomez ED, Chang JC, Ceremsak JJ, Brody RM, Brant JA, Rassekh CH, Weinstein GS, Newman JG. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 164(1): 146-165, Jan 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1177/0194599820936637. Epub 2020 Jul 21.

Pandian V, Brodsky MB, Brigham EP, Parker AM, Hillel AT, Levy JM, Rassekh CH, Lalwani AK, Needham DM, Brenner MJ. : How otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons can restore quality of life after critical illness. Am J Otolaryngol. 42(3), Jan 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2021.102917. Online ahead of print.

Douglas JE, Wen CZ, Thaler EA, Thomas WW, Chalian AA, Rassekh CH. : Sialendoscopy for Sialodocholithiasis following Submandibular Gland Excision: Six variations on a theme. World J. Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Surg, in press, 2021 2021.

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, in press, 2021 2021.

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