Our Program

The USC Facial Nerve Center offers patients access to a world-class team of experts dedicated to facial nerve rehabilitation. By combining physician leaders from multiple specialties, patients are afforded unparalleled access to national leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of facial nerve disorders.

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Participating services include Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Neurotology, Neurosurgery, and Physical Therapy. Patients have access to a broad array of diagnostic and treatment options, including surgical and non-surgical treatment for a variety of facial nerve disorders.

Our Approach

Our mission is to deliver seamlessly integrated and patient-centered treatment for all disorders affecting the movement of the face.

Your face is the instrument through which you communicate with the world, and it is how the world sees you. Facial dysfunction is not only a complex clinical problem, but also a highly personal struggle for many of our patients. It is best treated by a team of experts who work together seamlessly on a routine basis. Our philosophy is that you deserve an integrated team of experts who are singularly committed to the restoration of facial function.

The USC Facial Nerve Center offers unparalleled surgical treatment for facial paralysis and facial spasm. Importantly, our surgical treatment is integrated with our non-surgical services. We offer access to neuro-diagnostics that can help to determine the likelihood of recovery without surgery. If surgery is required, physical therapy is an essential addition to mastering the restored movement of your face.

As an academic center of excellence, we seek to advance the care of facial dysfunction through cutting edge research. Clinical research and basic science (laboratory) research are therefore critical components of our mission.

Useful Links

acousticneuroma.keckmedicine.org
sircharlesbell.org/blog/home
anausa.org
Clinical trials are scientific studies conducted with volunteers in order to evaluate new treatments. Visit clinicaltrials.keckmedicine.org to view a list of active trials currently available at Keck Medicine of USC.

 

Our Leadership

The USC Facial Nerve Center is led by Amit Kochhar, MD a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon. He is a fellowship-trained facial nerve expert, and leads a multi-disciplinary team of specialists in providing care for patients with facial nerve dysfunction. He also maintains an active research program dedicated to improving outcomes after facial paralysis and identifying new therapies that may likewise improve the lives of patients with facial paralysis.

 

Our Physicians

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 4
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
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Practicing Locations

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Keck Hospital of USC
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Practicing Locations

USC Healthcare Center 4
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

Specializing In

Oral Cancer, Throat Cancer, Larynx Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Salivary Gland Tumors, Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS), and Microvascular Reconstruction

 

Additional Team Members

Edie Renee Hapner, PhD
Erica Sigman, PT