Caroline A. Banks, M.D.

Instructor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Associate, Massachusetts Eye and Ear


Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Facial Nerve Center

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

800 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-936-6160



Working at Mass. Eye and Ear, Longwood, Dr. Caroline Banks specializes in the treatment of facial nerve disorders, aesthetic facial surgery, and facial reconstruction. As a member of the Mass. Eye and Ear Facial Nerve Center, she focuses on the treatment of facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy, offering the complete spectrum of medical and surgical procedures for facial nerve disorders. Dr. Banks is experienced in aesthetic procedures including cosmetic injectables, facelifts, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and browlifts. Her practice also includes reconstructive surgery of the head and neck after skin cancer (Moh’s) surgery, trauma, and birth deformities.

Dr. Banks earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine prior to completing her residency in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. After her residency, she pursued a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School. Now, she is an Instructor in Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.


Select Publications

Weighting of facial grading variables to disfigurement in facial palsy. Banks CA, Jowett N, Hadlock CR, Hadlock TA. JAMA Facial Plastic Surg. 2016.

Clinician-graded electronic facial paralysis assessment: The eFACE. Banks CA, Bhama PK, Park J, Hadlock CR, Hadlock TA. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015;136:223e–230e.

Long-term functional recovery after facial nerve transection and repair in the rat. Banks CA, Knox C, Hunter DA, Mackinnon SE, Hohman MH, Hadlock TA. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. 2014;31:210–6.

Development and validation of a spontaneous smile assay. Iacolucci CM, Banks CA, Jowett N, Kozin E, Barbara M, Hadlock TA. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015 Mar 26. doi: 10.1001/jamafacial.2015.0083. Epub ahead of print.

Pediatric facial nerve rehabilitation. Banks CA, Hadlock TA. In: Tatum SA, ed. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2014.

Facial Nerve Disorders and Diseases, Diagnosis and Management. Banks CA, Hadlock TA. Free Flaps. In: Guntinas-Lichius O, Shaitkin B, eds. Thieme Medical Publishers. 2014.

Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide. Banks CA, Hadlock TA. Facial Nerve Rehabilitation. In: McRackan T, Brackmann DE, eds. Plural Publishing. 2015.

Open Access of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Operative Surgery 2015. Banks CA, Cheney M. Otoplasy. In: Fagan J, ed.

Emerging vs time-tested methods of facial grading among patients with facial paralysis. Gaudin RA, Robinson M, Banks CA, Baiungo J, Jowett N, Hadlock TA. JAMA Facial Plastic Surg. 2016. Epub ahead of print.

Asymmetry of facial mimicry and emotion perception in patients with unilateral facial paralysis. Korb S, Wood A, Banks CA, Agoulnik D, Hadlock TA, Niedenthal PM. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18:222–7.

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  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Medical University of South Carolina (General Surgery)


  • Medical University of South Carolina (Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery)


  • Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School (Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery)