About Theresa Hadlock, MD

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

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts Eye and Ear***
  • Residency, Massachusetts Eye and Ear***
  • Residency, Massachusetts Eye and Ear***
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear***

American Board Certifications

  • Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surg
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology

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  • 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.

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