Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, FACS

Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, FACS, is associate director of the Division of Otolaryngology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: General pediatric otolaryngology, Thyroid tumors, Cochlear implantation, Pediatric ear disorders, Skull base tumors
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, Atlantic County; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Voorhees
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, FACS, is associate director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, director of Pediatric Skull Base Surgery, medical director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and co-lead surgeon in the Pediatric Thyroid Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also has an appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Kazahaya specializes in otology, cochlear implantation, skull base surgery, thyroid surgery, pediatric head and neck oncology, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has been named by U.S. News & World Report as a Top Pediatric ENT-Otolaryngologist and, within this list, as an American Top Doctor in 2011. He also been named as a Top Doctor by Philadelphia magazine from 2007–2014 and by Castle Connolly from 2009–2014, and has received multiple citations by Philadelphia region periodicals as a top physician. He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and has been an invited lecturer nationally and internationally, including in Ireland, Hungary, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Mexico.

    Dr. Kazahaya is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), North American Skull Base Society, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), American Thyroid Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been appointed to committees in both AAO-HNS and ASPO.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Internship

    General Surgery - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Residency

    Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Otolaryngology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
    Mini-Fellowship, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery - Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

    Board Certification

    Otolaryngology

    Graduate Degree

    MBA - University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Director, Pediatric Skull Base Surgery

    Medical Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program

    Associate Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Co-Lead Surgeon, Pediatric Thyroid Center

    Endowed Chair, Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Conditions Treated
  • Departments and Services
  • Publications

    Books

    2006

    Germiller JA, Kazahaya K: Labyrinthitis. Gellis and Kagan's Current Pediatric Therapy, 18th Edition. Ingelfinger J, Polin R, Burg F, and Gershon A. (eds.). W.B. Saunders, Co., Philadelphia, PA. 2006.

    2005

    Baum ED, Kazahaya K: Otolaryngology. The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics. Frank G, Shah S, Catallozzi M, Zaoutis LB (eds.). Blackwell, 2005.

    2002

    Potsic WP, Kazahaya K: Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy. Gellis and Kagan's Current Pediatric Therapy, 17th Edition. Burg F, Ingelfinger J, Polin R, Gershon A (eds.). W.B. Saunders. Co., Philadelphia, PA. 2002.

    2001

    Kazahaya K: Imaging of the Paranasal Sinusitis in Pediatric Patients with Special Considerations for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. Pediatric Otolaryngology, 4th Edition. Bluestone C and Stool S (eds.). W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, PA, 2001.

    Chapters

    2014

    Mudd PA, Kazahaya K: Otologic Tumors. Pediatric Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Clinical Reference Guide. Parikh SR (eds.). Plural Publishing, San Diego CA, Page: 187-200, Jan 30 2014.

    2012

    Kazahaya K: Regional and Intracranial Complications of Rhinosinusitis. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways, 2nd ed. Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ (eds.). Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, Page: 439-452, 2012.

    2008

    Marsh RR, Kazahaya K: Is Auditory Neuropathy an Appropriate Diagnosis if There is No Neuropathy? Neuropathies of the Auditory and Vestibular Eighth Cranial Nerves. Kaga K, Starr A. (eds.). Tokyo, Springer Japan, Page: 149-156, 2008.

    2007

    Kazahaya K, Singh D: Congenital Malformations of the Head and Neck. Pediatric Otolaryngology: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Wetmore RF (eds.). Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, Page: 1-22, 2007.

    Kazahaya K: Pediatric Facial Trauma. Pediatric Otolaryngology: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Wetmore RF (eds.). Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, Page: 215-227, 2007.

    2006

    Kazahaya K, Handler SD: Otolaryngology Trauma. Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 5th Edition. Fleisher GR, Ludwig S, Henretig FM (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. Page: 1497-1505, 2006.

    Papers

    2015

    Kovatch KJ, Bauer AJ, Isaacoff EJ, Prickett KK, Adzick NS, Kazahaya K, Sullivan LM, Mostoufi-Moab S: Pediatric thyroid carcinoma in patients with Graves' disease: The role of ultrasound in selecting patients for definitive therapy. Hormone Research in Pediatrics 2015 Notes: Accepted for publication, February 2015.

    2014

    Kazahaya K, Rizzi M: Pediatric chronic rhinosinusitis: When should we operate? Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 22(1): 27-33, February 2014.

    2013

    Ballah D, Vossough A, Dunham BP, Kazahaya K, Cahill AM: Preoperative angiography and external carotid artery embolisation of juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibromas in a tertiary referral paediatric centre. Clinical Radiology 68(11): 1097-1106, November 2013.

    Cheng J, Kazahaya K: Endolaryngeal hookwire electrodes for intraoperative recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring during pediatric thyroid surgery. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 148(4): 572-575, April 2013.

    2012

    Clemmens C, Kazahaya K: Pediatric amyloidosis of the nasopharynx: A case report and review of the literature. Ear, Nose and Throat Journal 2012 Notes: Accepted for publication, April 27, 2012, Ms. No. 12-32R1.

    Posters and Presentations

    2013

    Kazahaya K: "Clinical Pearls In Pediatric Otolaryngology: Endoscopic-Assisted Ear Surgery" Mini-seminar presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Vancouver, BC October 2 2013.

    Kazahaya K: "Differences in Managing Pediatric Thyroid Nodules/Cancer" Instructional course presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Vancouver, BC. October 2 2013.

    Gannon AW, Clemmens CS, Kovatch K, Hammond R, Mostoufi-Moabi S, Adzick NS, Bauer AJ, Kazahaya K: "Extent of Lymph Node Metastasis and Approach to Parathyroid Gland Management Predict Risk of Hypocalcemia in Pediatric Papillary Thyroid Cancer" Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico October 16-20 2013.

    2012

    Kazahaya K: "Innovations in Pediatric Otolaryngology: Endoscopic Large JNA Resection" Miniseminar presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Washington, DC September 2012.

    Cheng J, Kazahaya K: Intraoperative Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Monitoring for Pediatric Thyroid Surgery. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Amsterdam, May 20-23, 2012. May 2012.

    Berg E, Giordano T, Kazahaya K: Congenital Cholesteatoma: A Review of 30 Years' Experience. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, San Diego, CA April 20-22 2012.

  • Awards and Honors

    2014, Armada Certified Specialty Physician
    2013, Best Doctors, SJ Magazine
    2013, "No Kidding...Presenting the best doctors for children in the Philadelphia area" Suburban Life
    2011, Top Pediatric ENT-Otolaryngologists, US News & World Report
    2010, Best Children's Physicians, SJ Magazine
    2009, 2011, Top Physicians of South Jersey. SJ Magazine
    2008-2015, Top Docs, Philadelphia Magazine
    2007, 2009, 2014,Top Docs for Kids, SJ Magazine
    2005, Quality Care Award presented by the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC)

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial Positions

    2006-present, Invited Reviewer, Brookes Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD
    2004-present, Invited Article Reviewer, Laryngoscope
    2004-present, Invited Article Reviewer, Ear and Hearing: Ted Meyer, Section Ed.

    Academic and Institutional Committees

    2013-present, Member, Physician Advisory Council
    2006-present, Member, Perioperative Infections Committee
    2004-present, Member, Committee on Perioperative Antibiotic Administration
    2004-present, Member, Operating Complex Design Committee
    2000-present, Admissions Interviewer, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
    2000-present, ORL-HNS Residency Candidate Interviewer, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in Professional Organizations

    International

    2014-present, European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (2014-present, Scientific Committee Member)
    2002-present, North American Skull Base Society

    National

    2014-present, American Thyroid Association (2014-present, Surgical Affairs Committee)
    2005-present, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (2014-present, Nominating Committee Member)
    2005-present, American College of Surgeons
    2003-present, Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (2006-present, Chairman, SENTAC Travel Grant Committee)
    1996-present, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    1995-present, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    1994-present, American Academy of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery