Karen B. Zur, MD

Karen B. Zur, MD, is the director of the Pediatric Voice Program and the associate director of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric voice and airway disorders
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, Princeton; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Voorhees
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY

    Internship

    General Surgery - Mt. Sinai Hospital, General Surgery, New York, NY

    Residency

    Otolaryngology - Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Otolaryngology - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

    Board Certification

    Otolaryngology

    Undergraduate Degree

    BS in Biology - Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Surgeon

    Director, Pediatric Voice Program

    Associate Director, The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders

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

  • Conditions Treated
  • Centers and Programs
  • Research Interests

    Pediatric laryngotracheal pathology
    Surgical reconstruction and voicing issues

  • Publications

    Books

    Pediatric Airway. Current Otorhinolaryngology Reports. Zur KB (section ed.). Springer, Philadelphia PA, 2015.

    Congenital Malformations of the Head and Neck. Elden LM, Zur KB (eds.). Springer, New York, NY, 2014 Notes: Editorial responsibilities included reviewing each chapter and supplementing submitted photographs and figures with CHOP database photographs.

    Chapters

    2015

    Zur KB: Esophageal Foreign Body. The Pediatric Airway - Anesthesia & Surgical Perspective. Matthes K, Nargozian C, Rahbar R (eds.). Oxford University Press, 2015/16.

    2014

    Zur KB: Congenital Malformations of the Trachea. Congenital Malformations of the Head and Neck. Elden LM and Zur KB (eds.). Springer, New York, NY, Page: 141-158, 2014.

    Zur KB, Tom LWC, Potsic WP, Handler SD: Methods of Examination of the Mouth, Pharynx and Esophagus Pediatric Otolaryngology, 5th ed. Bluestone CD, Healy GB (eds.). People's Medical Publishing House, Page: 1151-1160, Mar 31 2014.

    Clemmens C, Zur KB: Acquired Vocal Fold Lesions. Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Clinical Reference Guide. Parikh SR (eds.). Plural Publishing, San Diego, CA, Page: 369-376, Jan 30 2014.

    2013

    Zur KB (chapter provider/writer): Basics of Pediatric Anesthesia. iBook: AAO-HNSF Expert Witness Guidelines: An AcademyU Online Course (CME Program) Litman R (eds.). May 4 2013 Notes: This book is available for download on iPad with iBooks or on computer with iTunes.

    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.

    2009

    Zur KB, Litman RS: Pediatric airway foreign body retrieval: surgical and anesthetic perspectives Pediatric Anesthesia 19(s1): 109-117, 2009.

    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.

    2004

    Zur KB, Holland SK, Yuan W, Choo DI: Functional magnetic resonance imaging: Contemporary and future use. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery 12(5): 374-377, October 2004 Notes: Comparative study. PMCID: 15377946

    Papers

    2013

    Carroll LM, Mudd P, Zur KB: Severity of voice handicap in children diagnosed with elevated lesions. Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery 149(4): 628-632, October 2013 Notes: Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print]OTO-131189R2 accepted for publication July 17, 2013.

    2012

    Jacobs IN, Reinders M, Rickert S, Zur KB: The efficacy of balloon dilation of the pediatric airway. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2012 Notes: Submitted July 25, 2012.

    Berg E, Zur KB and Jacobs IN: Lambdoid stenosis of the pediatric airway: Incidence, predisposing factors, and management. Submission pending. 2012.

    Ishman SL, Benke JR, Johnson KE, Zur KB, Jacobs IN, Thorne MC, Brown DJ, Lin SY, Bhatti N, Deutsch ES: Blinded evaluation of interrater reliability of an operative competency assessment tool for direct laryngoscopy and rigid bronchoscopy Archives of Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery 138(10): 916-922, October 2012 Notes: Published online September 17, 2012. doi:10.1001/2013.jamaoto.115 

    Javia LR, Zur KB: Laryngotracheal reconstruction with resorbable microplate buttressing. Laryngoscope 122(4): 920-924, April 2012 Notes: doi: 10.1002/lary.23224. Epub 2012 Feb 29. PMCID: 22378653

    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

    Posters and Presentations

    2013

    Zur KB: "Controversies in Pediatric Sialorrhea and Aspiration" Instructional course at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Vancouver, B.C. October 2013.

    Deshmukh H, Jacobs I, Zur K, Soorikian L, Stow J, Chuo J, Lioy J: "Successful Elements for Creating a Neonatal Airway Emergency Response Team at a Major Referral Children's Hospital" Poster presentation at CHOP's Quality and Patient Safety Day, Philadelphia, PA May 13 2013.

    Mudd P, Zur KB, Kelley P: "Airway Reconstruction in 22q11.2 Syndrome is Associated with Poor Wound Healing and Infectious Complications" Poster presentation at Annual Meeting of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, Orlando, FL April 11-13 2013.

    Panelist: "The Voice Health Institute Panel - Management of Subglottic Stenosis" ABEA Annual Meeting at Combined Otolaryngology Society Meetings (COSM), Orlando, FL (4/11/13)

    Pediatric Voice Disorders Panelist: "An Update from the Lab to the Clinic: "Management of Pediatric Dysphonia: Unilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis" Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), Arlington, VA (4/25/13)

    VIP Speaker: "Management of Pediatric Airway Disorders" First Beijing International Forum of Pediatric Development, Beijing, China (11/8-10/13)

    Miniseminar Panelist: "Laryngeal Nerve Injury and Treatment", Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), Las Vegas, NV (5/17/14)

    ABEA Panelist: "Where We Are and Where We Are Going", Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting (COSM), Las Vegas, NV (5/15/14)

    "Pediatric Voice In the Context of Airway Reconstruction" Oral break-out presentation given with James Netterville, MD at the 2nd Annual Contemporary Management of Aerodigestive Disease in Children CME Course. A collaboration among pediatric otolaryngology, pulmonary, gastroenterology and speech/swallowing specialties at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (11/8/14).

    "Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Diagnosis and Management of Esophageal and Extraesophageal Manifestations" Clinical course given with Sari Acra, MD at the 2nd Annual Contemporary Management of Aerodigestive Disease in Children CME Course. A collaboration among pediatric otolaryngology, pulmonary, gastroenterology and speech/swallowing specialties at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (11/7/14).

    "ENT: Laryngomalacia" Oral break-out presentation given with Steve Goudy, MD at the 2nd Annual Contemporary Management of Aerodigestive Disease in Children CME Course. A collaboration among pediatric otolaryngology, pulmonary, gastroenterology and speech/swallowing specialties at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (11/7/14).

    Mudd P, Zur KB, Carroll LM: "Severity of Voice Handicap in Children Diagnosed with Elevated Lesions" Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Vancouver, B.C. October 1 2013.

    Lioy J, Jacobs I, Zur K, Stow J, Hanlon K: "Successful Elements For Creating A Neonatal Airway Emergency Response Team At a Major Referral Children's Hospital" Oral presentation at the 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Orlando, FL. October 26-29 2013 Notes: Accepted June 13, 2013.

    Zur KB, Mudd P, Caroff A, Carroll L: "Glottic Closure Following Pediatric RLN Reinnervation: Is Arytenoid Adduction Necessary?" Oral presentation at Voice Foundation Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. May 29 - June 2 2013.

    Zur KB, Mudd P, Caroff A, Carroll L: "Patterns of Vibration in Pediatric Unilateral Vocal Fold Immobility" Oral presentation at Voice Foundation Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. May 29 - June 2 2013.

    Carroll LM, Caroff A, Zur KB: "Pediatric Voice Handicap Index Values in Dysphonic Children" Oral presentation at Voice Foundation Meeting, Philadelphia, PA May 29 - June 2 2013.

    2012

    Zur KB, Carroll LM: "New Options for Management of Pediatric Unilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis" Oral presentation at NYU Fall Voice Conference, New York, NY October 6 2012.

    Berg E, Zur KB, Jacobs IN: Lambdoid Stenosis of the Pediatric Airway: Incidence, Predisposing Factors, and Management. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Amsterdam May 20-23 2012.

    Jacobs IN, Zur KB: "The Efficacy of Balloon Dilatation of the Pediatric Airway" Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, San Diego, CA. April 2012.

    Ishman S, Zur KB: "Blinded Evaluation of Inter-rater Reliability of an Operative Competency Assessment Tool for Pediatric Direct Laryngoscopy and Rigid Bronchoscopy" Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, San Diego, CA April 20 2012.

    Panelist: "Balloon Dilation in the Pediatric Airway: What's in an Algorithm?" Southern Pediatric Otolaryngology Study Group, Palm Beach, FL, Jan 2012.

    Panelist: "Contemporary Surgical Neurolaryngology" Triological Combined Section Meeting, Miami Beach, FL (1/28/12)

    Panelist and Invited Faculty, "Vocal Cord Immobility: To Trach or Not To Trach: Options in Management 2012" Oral presentation, "The Role of Tracheotomy and Framework Expansion Surgery" as part of the panel discussion. International Endoscopy Days 2012, San Diego, CA (4/17/12)

    Zur KB, Hanlon K. "SHHH…Unlocking the Keys to Vocal Cord Dysfunction". Oral presentation at the Spring Annual Meeting of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Nurses, San Diego, CA (4/19/12)

    "The Anomalous Airway: Does it Always Have to Be Opened?" Lunchtime Breakout Session at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children, Charleston, SC. (1 hour lecture w/Gresham Richter, MD 11/30/12)

    "Dysphagia and Airway Reconstruction" Pre-conference Symposium Faculty at Annual Meeting of the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC), Charleston, SC. (45 minute lecture given w/Christopher Wootten, MD 11/29/12)

    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.

  • Awards and Honors

    2014 & 2011, Top Physicians of South Jersey, South Jersey Magazine
    2014, 2007-2008, Best Doctors in America
    2013, Philadelphia Super Doctors
    2013, Best Doctors, South Jersey Magazine
    2012, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Certificate of Honor
    2011, CHOP Certificate of Excellence
    2011, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare
    2011, "Future Leader in Pediatric Otolaryngology"
    2011 & 2010, Best Children's Physicians, South Jersey Magazine
    2009, Top Docs for Kids,  South Jersey Magazine
    2009, Honorary Lifetime Member, Israeli Society of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
    2009-2012, Best Doctors in America
    2009, Member, "Guide to America's Top Physicians"
    2004-2005, Distinguished off-campus scholar of the graduate faculty. Miami University, Oxford, OH
    2004, Resident Travel Award, AAO-HNS
    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: Semifinalist. Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    2014-present, Editorial Board, Current Otorhinolaryngology Reports
    2012-2015, Member, Journal of Voice Editorial Board

    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
    2011-present, Executive Sponsor: "Day of Surgery to OR" Rapid Improvement Event (RIE), Kaizen Events
    2011-present, Executive Sponsor: "Pre-Operative Preparation" Rapid Improvement Event (RIE), Kaizen Events
    2010-present, Member, Surgical Patient Flow Steering Team

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in professional organizations

    National

    2008-present, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
    2006-present, Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children
    2006-present, Voice Foundation
    1999-present, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
    2006-present, American Broncho-Esophagological Association
    1999-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
    1999-present, American College of Surgeons