Dr. James Kenealy, MD

Dr. James Kenealy, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 58
Dr. James Kenealy, MD is an otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in Worcester, MA and has been practicing for 27 years. He graduated from Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med in 1986 and specializes in ear, nose, and throat, sleep medicine otolaryngology, and more.Read his story

123 Summer St

Worcester, MA 01608

Contact Information

(508) 634-8164

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Tufts Health Plan

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Earwax Buildup
very high
more than 99% of peers
Ear Disorders
very high
more than 98% of peers
Allergic Rhinitis
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Kenealy's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kenealy "Growing up in the Hudson Valley in New York, Dr. James F.X. Kenealy was very close to his grandfather who became ill and eventually passed away from lung cancer. "It was a very frustrating and disheartening experience. I felt very helpless that I couldn't do anything," he explains. "That made me want to have a medical career so I could do something to help others in a similar situation." Now a board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Kenealy enjoys treating patients dealing with a number of problems including tonsil and adenoid issues, ear infections, allergies, sinus problems, sleep apnea, balance problems, hearing loss, tinnitus, and other problems of the head and neck. "There's a tremendous diversity in the field in terms of what you treat, plus you get to treat the young, the elderly and everyone in between. In terms of specialties, I think Otolaryngology is one of the hidden gems of medicine." Dr. Kenealy believes in a team-focused approach when it comes to treating patients. "I believe in giving patients the information they need to make good decisions about their health. Communication is very important, not just physician-patient communication but also doctor-to-doctor communication, which provides better integration and coordination of care." In his practice Dr. Kenealy enjoys being able to take advantage of the latest surgical technologies to help his patients. He was one of the first ENT physicians in the area to perform functional endoscopic sinus surgery and laser surgery. "There have been a lot of interesting technological advances on the surgical side. The fiber-optic endoscopes have made a big difference. A lot of procedures that used to have to be performed in an operative setting under general anesthesia can now be done in an office setting, and that really benefits patients. There are also other great advances such as robotic surgery, cochlear implants, and big advances in chemo and radiation therapy for head and neck cancer patients." Since he likes to use his hands at work, it's not surprising that Dr. Kenealy enjoys fly tying and fly-fishing in his spare time. He also likes to garden during the warmer months and enjoys skiing in the winter. In 2011, Dr. Kenealy received the RX for Excellence – Leader in Quality award from the Massachusetts Medical Law Report. In 2014, Dr. Kenealy was honored as the Community Clinician of the Year by the Middlesex West District Medical Society. "
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3  Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Sleep Medicine Otolaryngology

1  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

46  Conditions Treated

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23  Procedures

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Caldwell-Luc Procedure
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Frenectomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Dartmouth College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1981
  • Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kenealy has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kenealy's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kenealy to family and friends
32 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (32)

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Dr. Kenealy's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

This Doctor is extremely curt. He has no bedside manner at all. When we asked him questions about his treatment plan and the procedures he was recommending it was clear he did not want to explain or clarify anything.
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Dr. Keneally diagnosed my ear problem. It was unusual but he figured it out right away. Limited the testing to the minimum needed to confirm his conclusion. He gave me some simple solutions. I never had any issues after that. Highly educated and very kind and practical.
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Terrible bedside manner. His appointment was a waste of money. I waited for him for longer than he was actually in the room.
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