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Christopher (Christopher) J. Hartnick, MD

  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology


Accepting New Patients




Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric airway
  • Voice and swallowing disorders
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
Medical Education
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Residency, Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Otolaryngology
  • Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Insurances Accepted
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - other
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • OSW - Maine
  • Senior Whole Health
  • Tufts Health Plan

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Pediatric and Adult
Provider Gender


Dr. Christopher Hartnick is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Medical School and a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He also serves as Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology division and Co-Director of the Pediatric Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Center--a joint effort of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital. Fellowship trained and board certified in Head and Neck Surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Hartnick is dedicated to his clinical and research responsibilities in the area of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Hartnick has varied research interests in the Pediatric Otolaryngology arena. Prominent projects and interests include voice therapy and the treatment of vocal fold paralysis, airway narrowing, laryngeal papilloma, and tympanic membrane perforation.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

Selected Publications:

Maturo S, Hartnick CJ. The vocal fold retractor: A useful tool for diagnosis and treatment of laryngeal and tracheal pathology. Laryngoscope Aug 2010.

Scott AR, Chong PS, Hartnick CJ, Randolph GW. Spontaneous and evoked laryngeal electromyography of the thyroarytenoid muscles: a canine model for intraoperative recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol Jan 2010; 119(1): 54-63.

Maturo S, Hartnick CJ. Use of 532-nm pulsed potassium titanyl phosphate laser and adjuvant intralesional bevacizumab for aggressive respiratory papillomatosis in children: initial experience. Arch Otolaryngol Head and Neck Surg Jun 2010; 136(6) : 561-5.

Wieland AM, Sundback CA, Hart A, Kulig K, Masiakos PT, Hartnick CJ. Poly(glycerol sebacate)-engineered plugs to repair chronic tympanic membrane perforations in a chinchilla model. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg Jul 2010; 143(1): 127-33.

Brigger MT, Ashland JE, Hartnick CJ. Injection pharyngoplasty with calcium hydroxylapatite for velopharyngeal insufficiency: patient selection and technique. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg Jul 2010; 136 (7) : 666-70.

News & Events

  • A world of possibility

    April 16 was a life-changing day for 5-year-old Michael Kostecki. The tracheostomy tube that he had for almost his entire life was finally removed.

  • Not Taking a Breath for Granted: Mikey's Story at FAC Grand Rounds

    At 3 months old, Mikey was diagnosed with laryngomalacia. This made it hard for him to breathe. It also meant that he might need surgery and a tracheotomy. On April 11, his parents, Katie and Michael, shared their family’s experience at this year’s Grand Rounds, sponsored by the Family Advisory Council at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

  • Olivia Finds Her Voice

    Lifechanging airway surgeries allow 3-year-old MGHfC patient Olivia Cabral to talk for the very first time.

  • Breathing Easier in Ecuador

    MassGeneral Hospital for Children specialists traveled to South America to teach airway reconstruction procedures and to promote the concept of collaborative care.


Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114 - 3002
Phone: 617-573-3190
Fax: 617-573-3012

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