Alicia M. Quesnel, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Otology and Neurotology

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Neurotology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3503
Fax: 617-573-3642
Mondays, 1pm to 4:30pm, and Thursdays, 8am to 4:30pm



Dr. Alicia Quesnel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and a member of our Otology and Neurotology Division. She is fellowship-trained in complex ear and skull base surgery and board-certified in otolaryngology and neurotology. She is committed to providing the highest quality care for infants, children, and adults with hearing loss, ear diseases, and conditions affecting the facial nerve and balance system. 

She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, prior to completing her general surgery internship at Mass General and residency in otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, she completed her fellowship training in neurotology and skull base surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear. 

Her clinical practice focuses primarily on surgery for otosclerosis (stapedectomy), cochlear implant surgery, chronic ear disease (including cholesteatoma and repair of tympanic membrane perforations), and skull base surgeries, including vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma), spinal fluid leak repair, and management of intratemporal facial nerve conditions. She has been avid proponent of endoscopic ear surgical techniques and utilizes a tailored approach, ranging from totally endoscopic surgery to combination endoscopic and microscopic surgical techniques for chronic ear disease. She has been a faculty member in multiple temporal bone surgical technique courses, with roles including lecturer, surgical instructor, or live surgery demonstrations. She Co-directed the inaugural Advanced Techniques in Cochlear Implantation Course for Pediatric and Neurotology Fellows at Mass. Eye and Ear. 

Her research interests focus on the histopathology of the temporal bone, particularly related to otosclerosis and post-cochlear implantation pathology. She is an Investigator in our Otopathology Laboratory, which houses one of the world’s largest and most well-curated human temporal bone collections.

Select Publications

Correlation of computed tomography with histopathology in otosclerosis. Quesnel AM, Moonis G, Appel J, O'Malley JT, McKenna MJ, Curtin HD, Merchant SN. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Jan;34(1):22–8.

Third-generation bisphosphonates for treatment of sensorineural hearing loss in otosclerosis. Quesnel AM, Seton M, Merchant SN, Halpin C, McKenna MJ. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Oct;33(8):1308–14.

Current strategies in management of intracanalicular vestibular schwannoma. Quesnel Am, McKenna MJ. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Oct;19(5):335–40.

Minimally invasive endoscopic management of subglottic stenosis in children: Success and failure. Quesnel AM, Lee GS, Nuss RC, Volk MS, Jones DT, Rahbar R. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Mar 4.

Extensive osteomas of the temporal-parietal-occipital skull. Quesnel AM, Lee DJ. Otol Neurotol. 2011 Jan;32(1):e3–4.

Hypertrophic anterior cervical osteophytes causing dysphagia and airway obstruction. Lin HW, Quesnel AM, Holman AS, Curry WT Jr, Rho MB. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2009 Oct;118(10):703–7.

When the bell tolls on Bell's palsy: finding occult malignancy in acute-onset facial paralysis. Quesnel AM, Lindsay RW, Hadlock TA. Am J Otolaryngol. 2010 Sept–Oct;31(5):339–42. Epub 2009 Jun 24.

Techtorial membrane stiffness gradients. Richter CP, Emadi G, Getnick G, Quesnel A, Dallos P. Biophys J. 2007 Sept 15;93(6)2265–76. Epub 2007 May 11.

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  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Harvard Medical School (General Surgery)


  • Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)


  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery)