Babak Azizzadeh (President)

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Health and an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA. After completing his fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh established a health care institute in California focused on facial nerve disorders and aesthetic facial surgery. 

 Dr. Azizzadeh routinely travels to developing countries performing facial reconstruction and is on the boards of the Global Smile Foundation and Facial Paralysis & Bells Palsy Foundation. He has recently developed a pro bono facial nerve program in Ecuador and Peru. 

During his career, Dr. Azizzadeh has maintained deep academic roots and has been actively engaged in scientific research. He has been the organizer as well as invited keynote speaker at numerous national and international meetings and the lead editor of multiple plastic surgery textbooks as well as peer-reviewed scientific articles.  Dr. Azizzadeh co-chairs the annual Cedars-Sinai Multispecialty Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium and was the co-director of the International Facial Nerve Symposium in Los Angeles. He is a board member of California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery, co-Director of the AAFPRS Fellowship Program and actively involved in multiple leadership committees in the organization including Emerging Trends and Technology Committee, Regulatory and Socioeconomic Affairs Committee and Strategic Development Committee.

Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh has been featured on Oprah, New York Times, Doctors, People, Wall Street Journal and other media for his expertise in facial nerve disorders.  He has been chosen by his peers and US World & News as one of the top physicians. 

 Dr. Azizzadeh received his undergraduate, medical degree and Otolaryngology residency from UCLA and completed his surgical training at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary under the tutelage of Dr. Mack Cheney. 

Kallirroi Tzafetta (Secretary)

Dr Kallirroi Tzafetta is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the renowned St Andrew’s Centre of Plastic Surgery in Broomfield Hospital, Essex, UK.

 She specializes in reconstructions following Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Palsy. She has been trained in Plastic Surgery Centres in the UK, and she has furthered her microsurgical training and sub-specialized in Facial Palsy Reanimation as a Microsurgical Fellow in Norfork, Virginia, USA. She is a Board member of the facial palsy UK, Board member of the Royal Society of Medicine in the division of Plastic Surgery, member of the SCBS. She is the Chair for the Facial Palsy Special Interest Group at BAPRAS.

She has been invited speaker at scientific meetings, and has authored numerous scientific papers and textbook chapters (such as: a. “Facial Reanimation” at Plastic Surgery, Indications and Practice by B Guyuron, et al, b. “Anatomy and Physiology of the Facial Nerve and Aetiology of Facial Nerve Palsy” at Oxford Textbook of Plastic Surgery, c. “Management of posttraumatic facial palsy” at Atlas of Operative Maxillofacial Trauma Surgery) and has been invited speaker on several national and international meetings.

She collaborates with Anglia Ruskin University and has run several courses pertinent to facial palsy and head and neck reconstructions.

Luis Lassaletta (Assessor)

Luis is Section Chief at the Department of Otolaryngology, La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, Spain, where he is responsible for the areas of Otology and Otoneurosurgery.He is also an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the Department of Surgery of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

 In 1999 Luis Lassaletta joined La Paz Hospital where he started his training in facial nerve disorders and surgery with Prof. Javier Gavilán and Dr Maria José Sarriá. He also travelled to the House Ear Institute in L.A. and to the Gruppo Otologico in Piacenza for specialized training in surgery of the facial nerve.

 He is co-founder and Director of the Facial Paralysis Unit at La Paz University Hospital since 2002, where he co-organizes the international course “An update on Facial Paralysis” every other year

 Luis is the current President of the Otology Board of the Spanish Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Vice-president of the Spanish Society of Skull Base Surgery.


Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Director of the Facial Nerve Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, and Secretary of the Sir Charles Bell Society. Dr. Snyder-Warwick completed medical school, a research fellowship in Developmental Biology, and surgical residency training all at Wash U. She then travelled to Toronto, Canada for specialized training in pediatric plastic surgery and pediatric microsurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Snyder-Warwick’s main clinical focus is pediatric plastic surgery and reconstruction for facial nerve disorders, treatment of facial clefts, reconstruction of birth-related brachial plexus injuries, and pediatric and adult microsurgical procedures. Her clinical interests have led to pioneering basic science research investigations involving the terminal Schwann cell, a unique glial cell present at the nerve-muscle interface.

Dr. Snyder-Warwick is passionate about helping children and adults with facial paralysis, nerve-related injuries, and facial anomalies and is committed to studying novel techniques of optimizing care for people affected by peripheral nerve pathology and facial differences.

Sam Oyer (Webmaster)


Dr. Oyer is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He is currently a full-time Associate Professor in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Virginia. He has a particular clinical and research interest in treatment of facial paralysis including the psychosocial aspects of these diseases.

He completed his residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, followed by fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University which included an emphasis on the full spectrum of facial paralysis treatment in children and adults.

Jackie Diels (Member at Large)

Jackie received her degree in occupational therapy at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in 1986. She immediately began her facial retraining specialty work there under the mentorship of Richard Balliet, PhD and Paul Bach-y-Rita, MD, founders of the UW Facial Retraining Program, one of the first such programs in the U.S.

Jackie consults with physicians and therapists worldwide with emphasis on developing innovative strategies for treating synkinesis and sequelae post facial reanimation surgery.

Jackie lectures frequently to physician, therapist and patient groups, and trains therapists in the U.S. and abroad. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles. Jackie served on the medical advisory board of the Acoustic Neuroma Association from 2002-2017 and currently serves on the medical advisory board of the Facial Paralysis Foundation and the scientific advisory board of the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. She is a founding member and past secretary of the Sir Charles Bell Society.

Jackie has been in private practice since 2017.