Great Debates: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Controversies in Facial Reanimation

Dr.Theresa A. Hadlock, MD, Director, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director, Facial Nerve Center, at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Harvard Medical School discusses her research on Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Controversies in Facial Reanimation which was presented at the 2022 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) annual meeting.

Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Director of the Facial Nerve Center at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Tessa Hadlock is a pioneering clinician-scientist with more than 20 years of experience in otolaryngology.

With a passion for managing facial nerve disorders, Dr. Hadlock devotes her career to improving the lives of patients with facial paralysis. She has innovated and popularized surgical, medical, and physical therapy strategies for these patients that have been embraced by colleagues in the field.

In her research, she focuses on establishing more effective methods for regenerating facial nerve function. She is one of very few facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the field with funding from the National Institutes of Health. In addition to basic science work, she has published numerous clinical outcomes studies on her extensive experience.

She has also developed tools to measure the efficacy of reanimation procedures, which are frequently referenced in international literature. In addition to her dedication to her patients and research, she also shares her expertise through mentorship and as a preceptor for the clinical fellowship program in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear.

She is also the Fazzalari-Grousbeck Chair in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

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