Tessa Hadlock (President)

Tessa is Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Director of the Facial Nerve Center at Mass. Eye and Ear. In 1995, Dr. Hadlock joined Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School as an otolaryngology resident, where she also completed her fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in 1999. Now, in addition to running the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division at Mass. Eye and Ear, she is a Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.

With a passion for managing facial nerve disorders, Dr. Hadlock devotes her career to improving the lives of patients with facial paralysis. She has innovated and popularized surgical, medical, and physical therapy strategies for these patients that have been embraced by colleagues in the field. In her research, she focuses on establishing more effective methods for regenerating facial nerve function. She is one of very few facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the field with funding from the National Institutes of Health. In addition to basic science work, she has published numerous clinical outcomes studies on her extensive experience. She has also developed tools to measure the efficacy of reanimation procedures, which are frequently referenced in international literature.

Alison Snyder-Warwick (Secretary)

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.

Javier Gavilan (Assessor)

Javier is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, La Paz University Hospital in Madrid. He is highly published with more than 250 papers in scientific journals, 8 books and 91 book chapters. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals and is the recipient of 56 different awards and grants, including the honour award of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS.

Koen Ingels (Treasurer)

Koen trained as an otorhinolaryngologist at the Academic Hospital Utrecht before becoming an Associate Professor at University Hospital Ghent in1995. From 1996 onwards, he has worked in Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen (NL) where he founded the Facial Plastic Surgery Center. He has been certified as a Facial Plastic Surgeon since 2008 by the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies.

William Slattery (Member-at-Large)

Dr. Slattery is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, with special expertise in otology and neurotology. Dr. Slattery works at the House Clinic and serves as director of the Clinical Studies Department at the House Ear Institute and is a respected professor of otolaryngology at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Slattery is considered to be an expert in facial nerve and parotid gland disorders. He currently serves as the otology and skull base section editor for the preeminent Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Journal, as well as the histopathology section editor for the peer-reviewed Otology & Neurotology.

Adel Y Fattah (Webmaster)

Adel began his career at the University of Wales College of Medicine in the UK and during the early part of his training worked as a scientist in developmental biology. After a brief post-doctoral period, he returned to complete his medical training at the University of Cambridge. His post-graduate training was undertaken in London and included terms at Great Ormond St Hospital. Adel completed his training by spending two years at ‘SickKids’  in Toronto, the largest paediatric hospital in North America. By undertaking both paediatric and craniofacial fellowships he aimed to achieve the most comprehensive training in paediatric plastic surgery before focussing his attention to microsurgical reconstruction of paediatric differences. He is now a Staff Plastic Surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (UK), where he is the Director of the Facial Nerve Programme and Clinical Director of the Department of Plastic Surgery.  He has a specialist interest in Moebius syndrome and congenital facial palsy where he has established a facial palsy multidisciplinary team dedicated to these conditions.