Christopher J. Hartnick, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School

Professor of Otolaryngology
Vice Chair of Safety and Quality, and of Clinical Research, Department of Otolaryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Co-Director, Pediatric Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Center
Chief Quality Officer, Otolaryngology
Senior Scientist

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Hartnick’s primary research interests include the development and maturation of the pediatric vocal fold, pediatric voice disturbances, and pediatric outcomes studies. His research team is actively involved with building an OCT laser microscope to study children’s vocal folds in vivo without biopsying them. The OCT laser microscope began to be used in September 2013 after 5 years of development.

Dr. Hartnick also directs a NIH-funded clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of voice therapy on children with voice disorders.  This study is currently three years underway.

Select Publications

Development and maturation of the pediatric human vocal fold lamina propria. Hartnick CJ, Rehbar R, Prasad V. Laryngoscope. 2005 Jan;115(1):4-15.
PMID: 15630357

Establishment of a normative pediatric acoustic database. Maturo S, Hill C, Bunting G, Ballif C, Maurer R, Hartnick C. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Oct 1;138(10):956-61.
PMID: 22986573

Quantitative distinction of unique vocal fold subepithelial architectures using optical coherence tomography. Maturo S, Benboujja F, Boudoux C, Hartnick C. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2012 Nov;121(11):754-60.
PMID: 23193909

Consistency of voice frequency and perturbation measures in children using cepstral analyses: a movement toward increased recording stability. Diercks GR, Ojha S, Infusino S, Maurer R, Hartnick CJ. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Aug 1;139(8):811-6.
PMID: 23949356

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B.A. Princeton University, 1989
M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1994
M.S. Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2001

Postgraduate Training

Internship in General Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center, 1995
Residency in Otolaryngology, Montefiore Medical Center, 1999
Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 2001