Fouzi Benboujja, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Instructor in Otolaryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear


Optical Engineer

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

The primary focus of Dr. Fouzi Benboujja’s research is to create innovative tools to improve our understanding of the human laryngeal tract. His work leverages recent optical improvements in lasers and endoscopy to develop advanced optical techniques to assess and treat a variety of debilitating levels of dysphonia.

During his doctoral training at Polytechnique Montreal, under the guidance Professor Caroline Boudoux, he designed micro-optic components and built innovative instruments for intraoperative imaging. Since then, he has designed, built, and translated non-invasive clinical imaging tools that are compatible with all safety rules for human use.

Currently, Dr. Benboujja seeks to develop the first dual laser-based theragnostic system to promote an efficient and complete patient-tailored treatment. He is also working on building the first atlas of benign and malignant lesions using optical imaging.



Utility of optical coherence Tomography for guiding laser therapy among patients with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Benboujja F, Bowe S, Boudoux C, Hartnick C. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Aug 09.

Clinical and surgical implications of intraoperative optical coherence tomography imaging for benign pediatric vocal fold lesions. Benboujja F, Hartnick C. International Journal Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2018 Nov;114:111–119.

Intraoperative imaging of pediatric unilateral vocal fold paralysis using optical coherence tomography. Nourmahnad A, Benboujja F, Hartnick C. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 July 09.

Morphologic three-dimensional scanning of fallopian tubes to assist ovarian cancer diagnosis. Madore WJ, De Montigny E, Deschênes A, Benboujja F, Leduc M, Mes-Masson AM, Provencher DM, Rahimi K, Boudoux C, Godbout N. J Biomed Opt. 2017 July 01;22(7):76012.

Collagen content limits optical coherence tomography image depth in porcine vocal fold tissue. Garcia JA, Benboujja F, Beaudette K, Rogers D, Maurer R, Boudoux C, Hartnick CJ. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 11;155(5):829–836.

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2002: BSc, Computer Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal
2009: MScA, Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal
2016: PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal


Postgraduate Training

2016–2018: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School


Professional Memberships

2009–Present: International Society for Optics and Photonics



2007: Best Presentation Award, Polytechnique Montreal
2012: Best Written Presentation Award, Photonics North
2015: Research Innovation Award, Polytechnique Montreal
2016: Emerging Talent Award, Saint-Justine Hospital


Editorial Roles

Ad hoc reviewer: IEEE Photonics Journal
Ad hoc reviewer: Journal of Biomedical Optics