About Christopher Hartnick, MD

With more than 15 years of experience in pediatric otolaryngology, Dr. Christopher Hartnick serves as the Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Division and the Director of the Pediatric Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Center at Mass. Eye and Eye.

Dr. Hartnick has been an invited speaker at regional, national, and international meetings and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in the field. He serves as the Physician Director on the Mass. Eye and Ear Board of Directors and is the Vice Chair of Clinical Trials and Outcomes for the Department of Otolaryngology. He is an editor for ENT Journal, a reviewer for Journal of Voice, and an ad-hoc reviewer for several other publications.

Fellowship-trained and board-certified in otolaryngology, Dr. Hartnick’s clinical interests include pediatric airway and pediatric voice. His primary research interests include the development of maturation of the pediatric vocal fold, pediatric voice disturbances, and pediatric outcomes studies.

He is also the Benjamin Harry Peikin Chair in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

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Mass Eye and Ear
243 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-523-7900

Medical Education

  • MD, Albert Einstein college of medicine
  • Residency, Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

American Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology


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.


  • 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.

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