About Theresa Hadlock, MD

Dr. Tessa Hadlock is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. She is board certified in Otolaryngology (by the American Board of Otolaryngology) and in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). She is a 1990 graduate of Bowdoin College and a 1994 graduate of Harvard Medical. She interned in general surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals, followed by residency in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard. Her training included a two year research fellowship in tissue engineering at the Children's Hospital in Boston. She has subspecialty training in microvascular head and neck reconstruction, and since 2002, has been on staff at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where she directs the Facial Nerve Center in the division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. As a clinician-scientist, she is the author of numerous original articles, invited writings, and non-print materials, and she has an ongoing NIH-funded R-01 research grant titled "The Surgical and Rehabilitative Management of Facial Nerve Injury." Her primary interest is in comprehensive management of the paralyzed face.

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114 - 3002
Fax: 617-573-3727

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts Eye & Ear
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye & Ear

American Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

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  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Surgical treatment of the periocular complex and improvement of quality of life in patients with facial paralysis. Henstrom DK, Lindsay RW, Cheney ML, Hadlock TA. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2001 Mar-Apr; 13(2): 125-8.

    Good correlation between original and modified House Brackmann facial grading systems. Henstrom DK, Skilbeck CJ, Weinberg J, Knox C, Cheney ML, Hadlock TA. Laryngoscope. 2011 Jan; 121(1): 47-50/

    Correction of the nasal base in the flaccidly paralyzed face: an orphaned problem in facial paralysis. Lindsay RW, Smitson C, Edwards C, Cheney ML, Hadlock TA. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Oct; 126(4): 185e-186e.

    Assessing outcomes in facial reanimation: evaluation and validation of the SMILE system for measuring lip excusion during smiling. Bray D, Henstrom DK, Cheney ML, Hadlock TA. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010 Sept-Oct;12(5):352-4.

    The effect of electrical and mechanical stimulation on the regenerating rodent facial nerve. Hadlock T, Lindsay R, Edwards C, Smitson C, Weinberg J, Knox C, Heaton JT. Laryngoscope. 2010 Jun;120(6):1094-102.

    Daily facial stimulation to improve recovery after facial nerve repair in rats. Lindsay RW, Heaton JT, Edwards C, Smitson C, Vakharia K, Hadlock TA. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010 May-Jun;12(3):180-5.

    Upper lip elongation in Mobius syndrome. Lindsay RW, Hadlock TA, Cheney ML. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Feb;142(2):286-7.

    Comprehensive facial rehabilitation improved function in people with facial paralysis: a 5-year experience at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Lindsay RW, Robinson M, Hadlock TA. Phys Ther. 2010 Mar;90(3):391-7. Epub 2010 Jan 21.