Nate Jowett, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.C.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Associate, Massachusetts Eye and Ear


Facial Nerve Center

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certification

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-4193
Fax: 617-573-3727

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00–4:00 pm



Dr. Nate Jowett is a fellowship-trained head and neck surgeon specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed residency training in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at McGill University. He completed fellowship training in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery at the University Medical Center Hamburg–Eppendorf and graduate studies in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Jowett completed additional fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery focusing on facial nerve reanimation at Mass. Eye and Ear. He now serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, where his clinical focus centers on the management of patients with facial palsy, loss of corneal and facial sensation, and loss of laryngeal and accessory nerve function in the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear. 

Dr. Jowett offers the complete spectrum of medical and surgical procedures to patients with facial palsy. He also offers state-of-the-art surgical approaches to restore sensation in patients with loss of facial, corneal, and laryngeal sensation and motor function in patients with laryngeal and accessory nerve palsies. Dr. Jowett’s research focuses on development and application of advanced microscopy techniques and engineering innovations to advance knowledge and therapeutic outcomes in the rehabilitation of sensory and movement disorders of the head and neck.

Select Publications

Corneal neurotisation by great auricular nerve transfer and scleral-corneal tunnel incisions for neurotrophic keratopathy. Jowett N, Pineda Ii R. Br J Ophthalmol. 2018 Nov 23.

A rapid protocol for intraoperative assessment of peripheral nerve myelinated axon count and its application to cross-facial nerve grafting. Wang W, Kang S, Coto Hernández I, Jowett N. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 03; 143(3):771–778.

Toward the bionic face: A novel neuroprosthetic device paradigm for facial reanimation consisting of neural blockade and functional electrical stimulation. Jowett N, Kearney RE, Knox CJ, Hadlock TA. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Jan; 143(1):62e–76e.

A general approach to facial palsy. Jowett N. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2018 Dec; 51(6):1019–1031.

Steroid use in Lyme disease-associated facial palsy is associated with worse long-term outcomes. Jowett N, Gaudin A, Banks CA, Hadlock TA. Laryngoscope. 2017 Jun;127(6):1451–1458.

Free gracilis muscle transfer for smile reanimation after treatment for advanced parotid malignancy. Faris C, Heiser A, Hadlock T, Jowett N. Head Neck. 2018 03; 40(3):561–568. 

Evaluation of societal health utility of facial palsy and facial reanimation. Faris C, Tessler O, Heiser A, Hadlock T, Jowett N. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2018 Dec 01; 20(6):480–487.

Effect of weakening of ipsilateral depressor anguli oris improves smile symmetry in post-paralysis facial palsy. Jowett N, Malka R, Hadlock TA. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017 Jan 1;19(1):29–33.

Onset of bell's palsy in late pregnancy and early puerperium is associated with worse long-term outcomes. Phillips KM, Heiser A, Gaudin R, Hadlock TA, Jowett N. Laryngoscope. 2017;12; 127(12):2854–2859.

Facial mimetic, cosmetic, and functional standardized assessment of the facial artery musculomucosal (FAMM) flap. Jowett N, Hadlock TA, Sela E, Toth M, Knecht R, Lorincz BB. Auris Nasus Larynx. 2017 Apr; 44(2):220–226.

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  • McGill University, M.Sc. (Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery)
  • University of Toronto, M.D.


  • McGill University (Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery)


  • Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School (Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
  • University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Head and Neck Oncology, Robotics, Reconstruction)