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Dr. Michael J Ruckenstein, MS, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Ruckenstein is an otolaryngologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ruckenstein include facial problems, cancer surgery, and otosclerosis. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Ruckenstein is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Toronto General Hospital's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. In addition to English, Dr. Ruckenstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French. Dr. Ruckenstein is professionally 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. Bert W OMalley Jr., MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Bert O'Malley's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is especially interested in cancer surgery, salivary gland tumor, and sinus cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. O'Malley takes. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. O'Malley's training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His distinctions 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. 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, 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. Christopher H Rassekh, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Rassekh specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Rassekh (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and throat cancer. Dr. Rassekh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After attending the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Spectrum Health. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Rassekh has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14.

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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 is an otolaryngologist. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, neck reconstructive surgery, and throat cancer. On average, patients gave Dr. Chalian a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chalian accepts. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Chalian's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. 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: 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 works as an otolaryngologist in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Weinstein include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). Dr. Weinstein's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is in-network for 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 St. Vincent's Hospital, Dr. Weinstein attended medical school at New York Medical College. His distinctions 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.

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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 is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, and St. John's Mercy Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Bigelow's clinical interests: cancer surgery, otosclerosis, and gamma knife radiosurgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Bigelow has received 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. 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

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

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

Dr. Nithin Adappa is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Philadelphia, PA. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center for residency. Dr. Adappa's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. 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: Deviated Septum, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Fractures, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Kennedy works as an otolaryngologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Kennedy is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Kennedy include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Kennedy is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kennedy attended Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for medical school. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kennedy 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.

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

Dr. James Palmer is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Philadelphia, PA. He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Palmer takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Palmer is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He has received the following distinctions: 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. Jason G Newman, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
800 Walnut Street; 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jason Newman is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Newman include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). Dr. Newman is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, and Pennsylvania Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Newman an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

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

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

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

Dr. M. Grady is a neurosurgeon. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Grady's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, brain aneurysm, and pain. Dr. Grady's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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. Dr. Grady 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: 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 specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA. These areas are among Dr. Lucas's clinical interests: cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lucas accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Lucas attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Neurostimulation, Endoscopic Surgery, Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Lee is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and skull base surgery. Dr. Lee is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Lee attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 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) speaks the following languages: Korean and Spanish.

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

Dr. Steven Brem is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and Doylestown, PA. In addition to English, Dr. Brem (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brem include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and gamma knife radiosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Medicine Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (Penn Rehab) and Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Brem obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Brem average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Brem has received the distinction of Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14.

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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 is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include brain injury rehabilitation, skull base surgery, and traumatic brain injury. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Mandarin.

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

Dr. Kim O Learned, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
800 Spruce Street; Scheidt Building, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kim Learned's medical specialty is diagnostic radiology. Dr. Learned's education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. She 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, Endoscopy, Head and Neck Problems

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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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