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Dr. Bert William OMalley Jr., MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Bert O'Malley practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. O'Malley include cancer surgery, salivary gland tumor, and sinus cancer. Dr. O'Malley's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. O'Malley trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2005 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Tumor, Salivary Gland Tumor, Sinus Problems, Skull Base Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $8,425
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,074
Dr. Michael J Ruckenstein, MS, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Ruckenstein is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Ruckenstein performed his residency at Toronto General Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Ruckenstein include facial problems, cancer surgery, and otosclerosis. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ruckenstein honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2010, 2016, 2017; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. Dr. Ruckenstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Ear Pain, Dizziness, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Mastoidectomy, Hearing ... (Read more)

Dr. David William Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Kennedy specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Patients rated Dr. Kennedy highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dr. Kennedy performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery, pituitary surgery

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus Surgery, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Gabriel Newman, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
800 Walnut Street; 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jason Newman is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Newman's areas of expertise include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, and Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Newman has received the following distinction: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Oral Lesions, Vocal Cord Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, Larynx Cancer, Hyperthyroidism, Skin Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nithin Dev Adappa, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nithin Adappa is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Adappa include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Adappa trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Adappa's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Fractures, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher H Rassekh, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Rassekh is an otolaryngologist and head and neck plastic surgeon in Philadelphia, PA. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and throat cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Spectrum Health, Dr. Rassekh attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14. Dr. Rassekh (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Rassekh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Facial Paralysis, Hyperparathyroidism, Oral Cancer, Salivary Gland Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ara A Chalian, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ara Chalian works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Chalian include cancer surgery, neck reconstructive surgery, and throat cancer. Dr. Chalian's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chalian takes. He obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2005 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. Dr. Chalian's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Neck Reconstructive Surgery, Deviated Septum, Cosmetic Surgery, Vocal Cord Surgery, Chin Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory S Weinstein, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5 Ravdin; 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Weinstein practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Weinstein is a graduate of New York Medical College. His training includes residency programs at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and St. Vincent's Hospital. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). Dr. Weinstein's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weinstein accepts. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue, 2004 - 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Vocal Cord Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, Larynx Cancer, Jaw Surgery, Ear Problems, Oral Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas C Bigelow, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5th Floor Ravdin; Suite 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Douglas Bigelow's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, otosclerosis, and gamma knife radiosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Bigelow graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, and St. John's Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Bigelow honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by Guide to America's Top Physicians 2004,2005; and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 1994, 1996, 1999, 2002 Top Docs issue.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Ear Pain, Second Opinions, Facial Paralysis, Bone Cancer, Ear Cancer, Ear Problems, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. James N Palmer, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5th Floor Ravdin; Suite 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Palmer works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Palmer include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palmer accepts. Dr. Palmer is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Nose Reconstruction, Cosmetic Surgery, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Sean Grady, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. M. Grady is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Grady's clinical interests: cancer surgery, brain aneurysm, and pain. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Grady attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Grady honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Lower Back Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Aneurysm, Degenerative Disc Disease, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy H Lucas II, Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Timothy Lucas is a neurosurgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lucas include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Lucas graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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Dr. John Youngkeun Lee, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 S 8th Street, Washington Square West Building; Division of Neurosurgery
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. John Lee's specialty is neurosurgery. He obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Lee's clinical interests include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and skull base surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lee include: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2011-2017; Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014; and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Lee (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish. Dr. Lee is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Surgical Procedures, Spine Tumor, Stereotactic ... (Read more)

Dr. Phillip Buchanan Storm Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm is a neurosurgeon. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Storm trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for his residency. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Storm honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Aneurysm, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Brem, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
801 Spruce Street; Spruce Building, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Steven Brem's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brem include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and gamma knife radiosurgery. Dr. Brem's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brem performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14. Dr. Brem (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Brem is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Medicine Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (Penn Rehab) and Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Skull Base Cancer, Spine Tumor, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Han-Chiao Isaac Chen, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3rd Floor, Silverstein Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. H. Chen's specialty is neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: brain injury rehabilitation, skull base surgery, and traumatic brain injury. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chen's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Meningioma, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Epilepsy Surgery, Brain Cancer, Traumatic Brain Injury, ... (Read more)

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What is Skull Base Surgery?

Skull base surgery is a procedure done to access and remove tumors or other lesions at the bottom of the skull, upon which the brain rests. To avoid injuring the brain, skull base lesions are reached from the side or underneath the skull. Skull base surgery is often used to treat tumors, but it is also used for arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), a condition in which blood vessels become tangled, and congenital anomalies, or conditions present from birth.

Depending on the region of the skull base in which the lesion is located, the types of surgery that can be performed include:

  • Anterior skull base surgery, which treats lesions in the area above the eyes and behind the nose. Tumors of the anterior skull base include paranasal sinus tumors, pituitary tumors, and meningiomas, which develop in the tissue between the skull and the brain.
  • Middle skull base surgery, which treats lesions in the region behind the eyes around the pituitary gland. Tumors of the middle skull base include meningiomas, pituitary tumors, and cholesteatomas, which are skin growths that occur in the ear.
  • Posterior skull base surgery, which treats lesions around the brainstem and cerebellum. This is the region near where the brain meets the spinal cord. Tumors of the posterior skull base include meningiomas and acoustic neuromas, which develop on a nerve connecting the ear to the brain.

Surgery can be performed with a minimally invasive or open approach. Open skull base surgery requires a craniotomy, which is a surgical drilling of the skull done to expose and access the lesions. The hole or holes in the skull are replaced following surgery. Minimally invasive approaches include endoscopic skull base surgery, which uses a thin tube (endoscope) inserted through the nose, mouth, or an opening made above the eyebrow. Open surgery is usually reserved for larger lesions that cannot be removed endoscopically.

Following your operation, you may require monitoring or testing. Depending on the type of procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days or up to a week, and it can take anywhere from a few days or weeks (for minimally invasive approaches) to months (for open approaches) before you can return to your normal activity level.

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