Dr. Alicia Quesnel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Otology and Neurotology Division at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston, MA USA. She is fellowship-trained in complex ear and skull base surgery and board certified in otolaryngology and neurotology. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, prior to completing her general surgery internship and residency in otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, she completed her fellowship training in neurotology and skull base surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.
Her clinical practice focuses primarily on surgery for otosclerosis (stapedectomy), cochlear implant surgery, chronic ear disease (including cholesteatoma and repair of tympanic membrane perforations), and skull base surgeries, including vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma), spinal fluid leak repair, and management of intratemporal facial nerve conditions. She has been avid proponent of endoscopic ear surgical techniques, and utilizes a tailored approach ranging from totally endoscopic surgery to combination endoscopic and microscopic surgical techniques for chronic ear disease. She has been a faculty member in multiple temporal bone surgical technique courses, with roles including lecturer, surgical instructor, or live surgery demonstrations. She co-directed the inaugural Advanced Techniques in Cochlear Implantation Course for Pediatric and Neurotology Fellows at Mass. Eye and Ear.
Her research interests focus on the histopathology of the temporal bone, particularly related to otosclerosis and post-cochlear implantation pathology. She is an investigator in the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Otopathology Laboratory (otopathologylaboratory.org), which houses one of the world’s largest and most well-curated human temporal bone collections.