Caroline A. Banks, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Instructor in Otolaryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear


Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Caroling Banks’ primary research interests include acute facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy), assessments and outcomes in facial paralysis, and nerve-to-nerve transfers for the treatment of facial paralysis.

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. Epub ahead of print.

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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2002: B.A., The College of William & Mary
2008: M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

2008 - 2009: Internship: General Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina
2009 - 2013: Residency: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina
2013 - 2015: Fellowship: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School

Professional Memberships

2008 - present: American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
2013 - present: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Honors (select)

2012: Resident Travel Award, International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer

2013: Teacher of the Month Excellence Award, Medical University of South Carolina

2013: Head and Neck Resident of the Year Award, Medical University of South Carolina

2015: Award of Excellence in Teaching, Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School