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 fellowship-trained in complex ear and skull base surgery. She is committed to providing the highest quality care for infants, children, and adults with hearing loss and ear-related conditions. She enjoys partnering with her patients (and/or parents) on management decisions.

She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine prior to completing her general surgery internship 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. She is now an Instructor in Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Her clinical practice focuses primarily on cochlear implant surgery, surgery for otosclerosis (stapedectomy), and skull base surgeries, including vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) and spinal fluid leak repair. She also treats patients with chronic ear diseases, including cholesteatoma, and offers a tailored approach using both endoscopic and microscopic surgical techniques for repair of tympanic membrane perforations (hole in the eardrum).

Her research interests include the histopathology of the temporal bone, otosclerosis, and cochlear implants.

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)