Practitioner Resources

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The Facial Nerve Center is available as a resource for primary care physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists/head and neck surgeons, and oral/maxillofacial surgeons.

We treat acute onset facial paralysis, either spontaneous or postoperative, as well as progressive and/or long-standing facial paralysis. We are available to provide both early and late management of facial weakness following any type of neurosurgical, skull base, or otologic procedure. Our favored approach is to work closely with the referring physician to develop an appropriate multidisciplinary plan.

Physicians are welcome to contact the Center for direct discussions with the Facial Nerve Team to help discern if a patient might benefit from a visit to the Center.

If you are referring a patient, we would appreciate any recent, relevant MRIs or CT scans. If a patient’s facial paralysis was related to surgery, please send a copy of the operative notes for that procedure. In addition, please send along any other clinical information you feel might be helpful.

Contact Emily Fortier at or at 617-573-3641 with questions or to refer a patient.

Relevant Journals

Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery 
Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 
Experimental Neurology 
Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 
Physical Therapy 
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 
Tissue Engineering