Nate Jowett, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.C.

Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Assistant Surgeon


Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Nate Jowett’s research focuses on the development and application of advanced microscopy techniques and engineering innovations to advance knowledge, techniques, and outcomes in the rehabilitation of sensory and movement disorders of the head and neck.

Select Publications

Corneal neurotisation by great auricular nerve transfer and scleral-corneal tunnel incisions for neurotrophic keratopathy. Jowett N, Pineda Ii R. Br J Ophthalmol. 2018 Nov 23.

A rapid protocol for intraoperative assessment of peripheral nerve myelinated axon count and its application to cross-facial nerve grafting. Wang W, Kang S, Coto Hernández I, Jowett N. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 03; 143(3):771–778.

Toward the bionic face: A novel neuroprosthetic device paradigm for facial reanimation consisting of neural blockade and functional electrical stimulation. Jowett N, Kearney RE, Knox CJ, Hadlock TA. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Jan; 143(1):62e–76e.

A general approach to facial palsy. Jowett N. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2018 Dec; 51(6):1019–1031.

Steroid use in Lyme disease-associated facial palsy is associated with worse long-term outcomes. Jowett N, Gaudin A, Banks CA, Hadlock TA. Laryngoscope. 2017 Jun;127(6):1451–1458.

Free gracilis muscle transfer for smile reanimation after treatment for advanced parotid malignancy. Faris C, Heiser A, Hadlock T, Jowett N. Head Neck. 2018 03; 40(3):561–568. 

Evaluation of societal health utility of facial palsy and facial reanimation. Faris C, Tessler O, Heiser A, Hadlock T, Jowett N. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2018 Dec 01; 20(6):480–487.

Effect of weakening of ipsilateral depressor anguli oris improves smile symmetry in post-paralysis facial palsy. Jowett N, Malka R, Hadlock TA. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017 Jan 1;19(1):29–33.

Onset of bell's palsy in late pregnancy and early puerperium is associated with worse long-term outcomes. Phillips KM, Heiser A, Gaudin R, Hadlock TA, Jowett N. Laryngoscope. 2017;12; 127(12):2854–2859.

Facial mimetic, cosmetic, and functional standardized assessment of the facial artery musculomucosal (FAMM) flap. Jowett N, Hadlock TA, Sela E, Toth M, Knecht R, Lorincz BB. Auris Nasus Larynx. 2017 Apr; 44(2):220–226.

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2003: B.S., Lakehead University
2007: M.D., University of Toronto
2013: M.Sc., McGill University
Ongoing: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, McGill University

Postgraduate Training

20072012: Residency: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, McGill University
20122014: Clinical Fellow: Head and Neck Surgery, University Medical Center HamburgEppendorf
20122014: Research Fellow: Ultrafast Laser Ablation of Tissue, University Medical Center HamburgEppendorf/Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
20122014: Research Fellow: Clinician Investigator Program, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
20142016: Fellowship: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School

Professional Memberships

20092016: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
20092016: American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
20122016: Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
2016present: Sir Charles Bell Society
2016present: American Society for Peripheral Nerve

Honors (select)

2003: Vice-Chancellor’s Medal, Lakehead University
2005: Dr. F.J. Colling, O.B.E., Memorial Scholarship, University of Toronto
2010: Frederick Banting and Charles Best MSc Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
2012: Frank Litvack Fellowship for Clinician Scientists, McGill University
2013: Post-Doctoral Award, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) North America
2014: Detweiler Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
2014: Doctoral Training Award, Fonds de recherché Sante Quebec

Editorial Roles

Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B – Applied Biomaterials (Peer-Reviewer)
The Laryngoscope (Peer-Reviewer)
Otology & Neurotology (Peer-Reviewer)
Annals of Plastic Surgery (Peer-Reviewer)
British Journal of Ophthalmology (Peer-Reviewer)


Electrical neural blockade and stimulation of injured nerves (US Patent App. 16/069,341)