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Karen B. Zur, MD

Attending Surgeon

Director, Pediatric Voice Program

Associate Director, The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders

Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Awards

2011, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare

2011, Top Physicians of South Jersey. South Jersey Magazine

2010-2011, Best Children's Physicians, South Jersey Magazine, 2010 and 2011

2010, 2nd Place Poster: "Novel Technique for Buttressing Malacic Tracheal Segments With Resorbable Microplates During Laryngotracheal Reconstruction". Presented at the Annual Meeting of ASPO, Las Vegas, NV. Authors: Luv Javia MD and Karen B. Zur MD

2009, Member, "Guide to America's Top Physicians" 2009

2009-2012, Best Doctors in America

2009, Top Docs for Kids. SJ Magazine

2009, Honorary Lifetime Member, Israeli Society of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

2009, Top Physicians of South Hersey. South Jersey Magazine

2007-2008, Best Doctors in America

2004, Resident Travel Award, AAO-HNS

2004-2005, Distinguished off-campus scholar on the graduate faculty. Miami University, Oxford, OH

2003, Resident Travel Award, The Triological Society (Eastern Section)

1998, Distinction in Otolaryngology Research. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Pathology Department

1997, Biomedical Science Pathway Fellowship. Albert Einstein College of Medicine

1997, Neuropathy Training Grant. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Pathology Department

1994, The James Stuart Davie Award. Yale University.

1990, Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition - Semi finalist. Lausanne, Switzerland

Books

Chapters

2011

Zur KB, Myer CC. Salivary gland disease in children. In: Johnson JT, Rosen C, editors. Head and neck surgery - otolaryngology. 5th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012.

Zur KB. Tracheal malformations. In: Elden LM, Zur KB, editors. Congenital malformations of the head and neck. New York: Springer; 2011.

Zur KB. The critical airway. In: Mattei P, editor. Fundamentals of pediatric surgery. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.; 2011 Jul;177-184.

2010

Zur KB. Pediatric airway reconstruction and the voice. In: Hartnick C, Boseley M, editors. Clinical management of children's voice disorders. Plural Publishing; 2010 Mar;189-211.

2008

Zur KB. Pediatric airway reconstruction and the voice. In: Hartnick C, editor. Pediatric voice disorders. Plural Publishing; 2008; 217-240.

2007

Zur KB, Jacobs IN. Management of chronic upper airway obstruction. In: Wetmore RF, editor. Pediatric otolaryngology: the requisites in pediatrics. Mosby, Elsevier; 2007;173-189.

2006

Zur KB, Schillero G. Pulmonary physiology. In: Van De Water TR, Staecker H, editors. Basic science for otolaryngology residents. New York: Thieme Medical Publisher; 2006.

Zur KB, Myer CC. Salivary gland disease in children. In: Bailey BJ, Johnson JT, Newlands SD, editors. Head and neck surgery - otolaryngology. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006; 1241-1252.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

Reviewer

2010-present, Faculty of 1000 Medicine

2009-present, Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica

2008-present, Journal of Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents

2007-present, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

2007-present, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

2006-present, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

2005-present, Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology

2005-present, Pediatrics

Academic positions

2011-present, Executive Sponsor: "In OR to Next Patient in the OR Turnover" Rapid Improvement Event (RIE), Kaizen Events, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2011-present, Executive Sponsor: "Day of Surgery to OR" Rapid Improvement Event (RIE), Kaizen Events, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2011-present, Executive Sponsor: "Pre-Operative Preparation" Rapid Improvement Event (RIE), Kaizen Events, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2010-present, Member, Surgical Patient Flow Steering Team, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2006-present, Founding Member, Pediatric Voice Disorders Task Force, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Instituted April 2006.)

1994-present, Member, Yale University Alumni Admissions Committee

Leadership

Memberships in professional organizations

National

Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)

American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO)

  • Member, Information Technology Committee (2011-2014)
  • Elected Member, Nominating Committee (2011)

The Voice Foundation

  • (Member, Poster Judge at 2008 Voice Foundation Annual Meeting)

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

Dysphagia Research Society

American Broncho-Esophageal Association (ABEA)

  • Chair, Difficult Airway Committee (2010-2013)
  • Chair, Program Committee (2011)
  • ABEA representative to the Pan Leadership Meeting of ASPO (2011)

American Medical Association (AMA)

American College of Surgeons

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)

  • Member/Fellow; Member, Technology Infrastructure Committee (October 2007 - July 2009)
  • Member, Airway and Swallowing Committee (October 1, 2008 - September 20, 2010; October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2012);
  • Member, Ethics Committee (October 1, 2008 - September 20, 2010; October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2012)

Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)

New Media

Zur KB, Rothschild MA. Management of otitis media in people with disabilities. In: Oyiborhoro J, editor. Aural rehabilitation of people with disabilities [e-book]. Elsevier Science, 2009 Jan.

Original Papers

2012

Rameau A, Zur KB. Multidisciplinary approach to vocal cord dysfunction diagnosis and treatment in one session: a single institutional outcome study. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2012 Jan; 76(1): 31-35. Read the abstract

2011

Rameau A, Zur KB. KTP laser ablation of extensive tracheal hemangiomas. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2011 Sept; 75(9): 1200-1203. Read the abstract

Javia LR, Zur KB, Jacobs IN. Evolving treatments in the management of laryngotracheal hemangiomas: will propranolol supplant steroids and surgery? International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2011 Nov 75(11): 1450-4. Read the abstract

2010

Wolraich D, Zur KB. Use of calcium hydroxylapatite for management of recalcitrant otorrhea due to a patulous eustachian tube. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2010 Dec; 74(12): 1455-57. Read the abstract

Dunham BD, Bilaniuk L, Judkins A, Zur KB. Bilateral nasal obstruction due to an intranasal craniopharyngioma. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology Extra. 2010 Mar; 5(2):57-62.

Smith LP, Zur KB, Jacobs IN. Single- vs. double-stage laryngotracheal reconstruction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jan; 136(1):60-5. Read the abstract 

2009

Smith LP, Chewaproug L, Spergel JM, Zur KB. Otolaryngologists may not be doing enough to diagnose pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Nov; 73(11):1554-7. Epub 2009 Sep 3. Read the abstract

Zur KB, Litman RS. Pediatric airway foreign body retrieval: surgical and anesthetic perspectives. Paediatr Anaesth. 2009 Jul; 19 Suppl 1:109-17. Read the abstract

Bruno CJ, Smith LP, Zur KB, Wade KC. Congenital subglottic cyst in a term neonate. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2009 Jul; 94(4):F240.

Thorne MC, Zur KB. Transoral trans-stomal microdebrider excision of tracheal papillomatosis. Laryngoscope. 2009 May; 119(5):964-6. Read the abstract

Smith LP, Otto SE, Wagner KA, Chewaproug L, Jacobs IN, Zur KB. Management of oral feeding in children undergoing airway reconstruction. Laryngoscope. 2009 May; 119(5):967-73. Read the abstract

Rizzi MD, Thorne MC, Zur KB, Jacobs IN. Laryngotracheal reconstruction with posterior costal cartilage grafts: outcomes at a single institution. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Mar; 140(3):348-53. Read the abstract

Deutsch ES, Christenson T, Curry J, Hossain J, Zur K, Jacobs I. Multimodality education for airway endoscopy skill development. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. 2009 Feb; 118(2): 81-86. Read the abstract

Posters and Presentations

2011

Zur KB. Evaluation and management of pediatric dysphonia Instructional course [presentation]. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; 2011 Sept; San Francisco, CA.

Lando T, Carroll LM, Zur, KB. Pediatric unilateral vocal cord paralysis: comprehensive functional, perceptual, and acoustic analysis [oral presentation]. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; 2011 May 1; Chicago, IL.

2010

Wolraich D, Carroll LM, Zur KB. Acoustic performance in children after recurrent laryngeal nerve reinnervation [oral presentation]. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children; 2010 Dec; Cincinnati, OH.

Zur KB, Carroll L. Pediatric vocal fold paralysis: assessment and management [oral presentation]. ASHA 2010 Convention; 2010 Nov 18-20; Philadelphia, PA.

Wolraich D, Carroll LM, Zur KB. Voice performance in children after vocal fold injection vis-à-vis recurrent laryngeal nerve reinnervation: a case report [poster presentation]. Annual Meeting of the Voice Foundation; 2010 Jun 6; Philadelphia, PA.

Rameau A, Foltz R, Wagner K, Zur KB. Multidisciplinary approach to vocal cord dysfunction diagnosis and treatment in one session single institutional outcome study [oral presentation]. Annual Meeting of the Voice Foundation; 2010 Jun; Philadelphia, PA.

Javia L and Zur KB. Novel technique for buttressing malacic tracheal segments with resorbable microplates during laryngotracheal reconstruction [poster presentation]. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; 2010 Apr; Las Vegas, NV.

Javia L, Zur KB, Jacobs IN. Evolving treatments in the management of laryngotracheal hemangiomas: will propranolol supplant steroids and surgery? [poster presentation]. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; 2010 Apr; Las Vegas, NV.

Kherani S, Shah G, Hossain J, Zur K, Jacobs I, Deutsch ES. Do faculty and trainees agree on the value of ex-vivo methods for learning removal of aspirated foreign bodies in children? [poster presentation]. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; 2010 Apr; Las Vegas, NV.

2009

Wolraich D, Zur KB. Use of radiesse for management of recalcitrant_ otorrhea due to a patulous eustachian tube [poster presentation]. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children; 2009 Dec; Salt Lake City, UT.

Smith LP, Zur KB, Jacobs IN. Single-staged vs. double-staged laryngotracheal reconstruction [oral presentation]. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; 2009 May; Seattle, WA.

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