facial nerve clinic tsUAB has the first and only facial nerve program in the state of Alabama. Our Facial Nerve Clinic comprises a team of physicians who have expertise in the treatment of facial nerve injuries and other facial nerve disorders. As one of the largest tertiary care centers in the Southeastern Region, UAB is equipped to treat a wide range of conditions affecting facial nerve function.

Our service line provides a comprehensive approach that integrates the most cutting edge therapies for such facial nerve disorders, spanning from rehabilitation to medical management to surgical repair. The multidisciplinary team includes microvascular surgeons, craniofacial surgeons, radiologists, advanced practice providers, therapists, nurses, and other specialists who utilize the most advanced technology to diagnose and manage facial nerve disorders. Our model involves a thorough initial assessment of each case, followed by same-day testing and/or intervention if necessary.  Through our collaborative efforts, we implement personalized treatment plans that best fits the needs of our patients. 

Supported by the resources within the Department of Otolaryngology and Department of Surgery, the facial nerve program offers the following:

  • Updated treatment recommendations based on groundbreaking research from the facial nerve community.
  • Treatment of facial nerve weakness or paralysis caused by Bell's palsy, Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, facial nerve tumors, cancer treatment, ear disease, acoustic neuromas, facial trauma, temporal bone trauma, parotid surgery, neurofibromatosis, vascular malformations, congenital malformations, or birth trauma.
  • A personalized treatment plan with the latest therapies and standards of care based on the patient's specific type of disorder and outcome goals.
  • Nonsurgical options for treatment including chemodenervation and/or facial nerve rehabilitation complete with access to a licensed therapist onsite. 
  • A wide range of surgical treatment options including facial reanimation, nerve grafting, and tendon transfers.
  • Access to integrative medicine and supportive therapy.
  • Comprehensive care in collaboration with the patient's primary care provider and referring physician.

The multidisciplinary facial nerve clinic is co-directed by Dr. Benjamin Greene, Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Dr. Rene Myers, Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery within the Department of Surgery and in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Greene received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and completed residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Rochester. He completed a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Facial Reconstructive Surgery at UAB.