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Steven E. Sobol, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)

Attending Surgeon

Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania



Nguyen CV, Redden RA, Sobol SE. Assessment of tympanostomy tube occlusion after in-vitro exposure to antibiotic otic drops [abstract oral presentation]. Annual Meeting of the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children; 2011 Dec 1-4; Kansas City, MO.


Duggal P, Naseri I, Sobol SE. The increased risk of community acquired methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): deep space neck infections requiring surgical intervention in young children [abstract oral presentation]. 113th Annual Meeting of the Triological Society; 2010 Apr 30-May 1; Las Vegas, NV.


Sobol SE, Udayasankar U, Naseri I, Hudgins PA. CECT of MRSA neck abscess in the pediatric population characteristics may predict bacterial origin [abstract oral presentation]. 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology; 2009 Oct 7-11; New Orleans, LA.

Kari E, Durden FL, Sobol SE. Three-year experience with balloon laryngoplasty for infants with subglottic stenosis [abstract oral presentation]. Congress of the International Federation of Otolaryngology Societies; 2009 Jun 1-5; Sao Paulo, Brazil.


2009, Fellow, Woodruff Leadership Academy at Emory University

2006-2008, Guide to America's Top Physicians, Consumers' Research Council of America

2004, William P. Potsic Basic Science Research Prize, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

2002, Resident Travel Award, The Triological Society, Eastern Section

2002, Second Prize Resident Research Competition, The Triological Society, Eastern Section

2001, Travel Award, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

2001, James Baxter Facial Plastic Surgery Award

2001, First Prize Resident Research Competition, Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery of Quebec

2001, Xomed Resident Research Travel Award

2000, Glaxo Traveling Scholarship (best scientific paper presented at a national meeting)

1999, Xomed Resident Research Travel Award

1997, James H. Birkett Memorial Scholarship

1995, Samuel Rosenfeld Prize

1995, Charles E. Frosst Medal

1995, Joseph Hills Prize

1993-1996, J.W. McConnell Award

1993-1997, Dean's Honor List

1993, Faculty Scholar




Sobol SE, Naseri I. Regional and intracranial complications of otitis media. In: Wetmore RF, editor. Pediatric otolaryngology: the requisites in pediatrics. Philadelphia: Elsevier/Mosby; 2007. p. 105-17.

Sobol SE. Management of acute sinusitis and its complications. In: Wetmore RF, editor. Pediatric otolaryngology, Pediatric otolaryngology: the requisites in pediatrics. Philadelphia: Elsevier/Mosby; 2007. p. 118-28.


Tewfik TL, Sobol SE, Al Macki, K. Congenital anomalies of the larynx. In: Rubin JS, Sataloff RT, Korovin GS, editors. Diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders, 3rd ed. San Diego: Plural Publishing; 2006.


Tewfik TL, Sobol SE. Congenital anomalies of the larynx: diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders. 2nd ed. In: Rubin JS, Sataloff RT, Korovin GS, editors. New York: Thomson Learning, Inc.; 2003.  p. 321-44.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions


2010-present, Faculty of 1000
2006-present, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
2006-present, Hospital Physician
2004-present, Laryngoscope
2004-present, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
2004-present, ORL
2003-present, American Journal of Rhinology

Academic and institutional committees

2010-present, Patient Surgery Flow Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2010-present, Large Airway Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2010, Invited Faculty Instructor, 4th Annual Foreign Body Pediatric Airway Endoscopy Course, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2009-2010, Strategic Planning Committee, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

2009-2010, Chair, Educational Strategic Planning Committee, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine


Memberships in professional organizations

International organizations

2002-present, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

National organizations

2011-present, American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA)
2007-present, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)

  • 2009-present, Member Quality Improvement Committee
  • 2009-present, Member, Nominating Committee
  • 2009-present, Member, Program Committee
  • 2005-present, Member Recurrent Respiratory Papilloma Task Force

2004-present, American Academy of Pediatrics

  • 2011, Member, Section on Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Executive Committee

2003-present, Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC)

New Media


Sobol SE. Interviewed by: Robert Brazell, Chief Science Correspondent. More kids affected by MRSA. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan 22. Available from:

Rabin R. Children's staph infections increasingly resistant to drugs. New York Times [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan 20. Available from:

Ostrow N. MRSA infections double in children's ears, noses and sinuses. Bloomberg Press [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan 19. Available from:

Engel M. A new MRSA threat: children ear, nose and neck infections. Los Angeles Times [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan 19. Available from:

Tanner L. MRSA rising in kids' ear, nose, throat infections. Associated Press [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan.

Miller Stacy K. MRSA head and neck infections in children jump 16.3% in 6-year period. WebMD Health News [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan 20. Available from:

Baker K. Study shows rise in antibiotic resistant pediatric head and neck infections. EurekAlert  [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan 19. Available from:

Steenhuysen. Serious infections rising in US children. Yahoo! News [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan 19. Available from:

Gever J. Childhood MRSA head and neck infections on the rise. Medpage Today [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan 19. Available from:

 Burress J. Emory researchers see increase in MRSA infections in children. National Public Radio [article on the Internet]. 2009 Jan 21. Available from:

Mozes A. MRSA infections spreading to kids in community-antibiotic-resistant bacteria; moving beyond hospital setting, study finds [article on the Internet]. HealthDay Reporter. 2009 Jan 19. Available from:

Original Papers


Duggal P, Naseri I, Sobol SE: The increased risk of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus neck abscesses in young children. Laryngoscope. 2011 Jan;121(1):51-5. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21120830. Read the abstract


Lai AY, Fatemi M, Dhasarathy A, Malone C, Sobol SE, Geigerman C, et al. DNA methylation prevents CTCF-mediated silencing of the oncogene BCL6 in B cell lymphomas. J Exp Med. 2010 Aug 30;207(9):1939-50. Epub 2010 Aug 23. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20733034. Read the article

Delgaudio JM, Evans S, Sobol S, Parikh S. Intracranial complications of sinusitis: the role of endoscopic sinus surgery in the acute setting. Am J Otolaryngol 2010 Jan-Feb;31(1): 25-28. Epub 2009 Apr 23. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19944895. Read the abstract

Cohen A, Naseri I, Pinell X, Sobol SE, Gorwitz, R. Treatment of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus pediatric head and neck infections: results of a national survey of otolaryngologists in the United States. J Otolaryngol 2010 Aug;39(4):469-73. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20643018. Read the abstract


Naseri I, Jerris RC, Sobol SE: Nationwide trends in pediatric Staphylococcus aureus head and neck infections. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2009 Jan;135(1): 14-16. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19153301. Read the article

Naseri I, Durden FL, Sobol SE: Pediatric airway consultation in a tertiary care children's hospital: an interobserver analysis. Ear Nose Throat J 2009 Dec;88(12): 1266-68. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20013680. Read the abstract

Bales CB, Sobol SE, Wetmore RF, Elden LM: Lateral sinus thrombosis as a complication of otitis media: 10-year experience at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Pediatrics 2009 Feb;123(2): 709-13. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19171642. Read the article

Posters and Presentations


Berg E, Sobol SE, Jacobs IN: Laryngeal obstruction by cervical and endolaryngeal lymphatic malformations in children: A proposed staging system and review of treatment. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2013 Notes: MS:12-5547 accepted for publication 2/6/13.


Sobol SE. Congenital pediatric airway disorders [oral presentation]. CME Rounds, McGuire Air Force Base; 2011 May; McGuire AFB, NJ.

Sobol SE. The hard neck mass [oral presentation]. McGill University Otolaryngology Update; 2011 Mar; Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

Sobol SE. Pediatric ENT for the physician assistant [oral presentation]. ENT for the PA-C Annual Conference; 2011 Feb 12-15; Atlanta, GA.

Sobol SE. Pediatric head and neck MRSA infections [oral presentation]. Southern Pediatric Otolaryngology Educational Group; 2011 Jan; Miami, FL.

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