Tessa A. Hadlock, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Professor of Otolaryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Director, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Scientist

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Hadlock’s primary research interests include facial nerve regeneration, assessments and outcomes in facial paralysis, tissue engineering and the aging face. As Director of the Facial Nerve Regeneration Laboratory, she has established recovery rates from injuries in the rodent facial nerve, refined quantitative functional recovery methods that track whisking as a reporter of muscle recovery. She also studies the effects of mechanical and pharmacological agents on nerve recovery.

Select Publications

In vitro and in vivo biocompatibility analysis of poly(glycerol sebacate) as a potential nerve guide material.  Sundback C, Shyu J, Sheahan T, Wang Y, Faquin W, Langer R, Vacanti J, Hadlock T.  Biomaterials 2005;26/27:5454-64.

Botulinum toxin and quality of life in patients with facial paralysis. Hadlock T, Mehta R.  Arch Facial Plast Surg 2008;10(2):84-7.

A novel method of head fixation for the  study of rodent facial function.  Hadlock T, Kowaleski J, Mackinnon S, Heaton J.  Exp Neurol 2007;205(1):279-82.

A system for studying facial nerve function in rats through simultaneous bilateral monitoring of eyelid and whisker movements. Heaton JT, Kowaleski JM, Bermejo R, Ziegler HP, Ahlgren DJ, Hadlock TA.  J Neurosci Methods 2008;171(2):197-206.

Rodent Facial Nerve Recovery After Selected Lesions and Repair Techniques. Hadlock T, Kowaleski J, Mackinnon S, Heaton J. Plast Reconstr Surg 2010, Jan;125(1):99-109.

Toward a Universal, Automated Facial Measurement Tool in Facial Reanimation. Hadlock TA, Urban LS. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2012 Jul-Aug. 14(4); p. 277-282.

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B.S. Mathematics/Biochemistry, Bowdoin College, 1990
M.D. Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, 1994

Postgraduate Training

Internship in General Surgery, University of Chicago Hospitals, 1995
Research Resident, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1998
Residency in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School, 2001
Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 2002

Professional Memberships (select)

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1996–present):

  • Young Physicians Committee (2007–2011)
  • CME Committee (2007–present)
  • Research Committee (2007–present)
  • Women in FPS Committee (2007–present)
  • Fellowship Review Committee (2011–present)

Tissue Engineering Society (1999)
American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (2002–present):

  • Research Advisory Committee (2008)
  • Educational Committee (AAFPRS delegate) (2012–present)

American Society for Peripheral Nerve (2004)
European Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2005)
Triological Society (2010–present)

Advisory Boards (select)

Acoustic Neuroma Association, Medical Advisory Board (2008–present)

Teaching (select)

Director, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Awards and Honors (select)

2009, Best Poster Presentation, 11th International Facial Nerve Symposium
2005, Outstanding Nerve Paper, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
2005, Guest Lecturer of the Year, Boston University School of Medicine
2000, Partners in Excellence for Laboratory Achievement, Massachusetts General Hospital
1998, Resident Research Prize 2nd Place, Triological Society