August 3 Aug 3
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday Sat

Stanford Facial Nerve Symposium

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford, CA

A Continuing Medical Education Conference presented by the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Statement of Need

Facial paralysis affects thousands of children and adults each year and can have a significant impact on patient quality of life. This CME symposium seeks to increase knowledge about the options for treatment for facial paralysis by using a broad, multidisciplinary approach to describe the role of surgical reanimation, rehabilitation, mental health, ophthalmology, neurodiagnostic assessment, and skull base surgery in the care of patients with facial paralysis. Faculty experts will review current evidence-based practices, incorporate case-based discussions to facilitate discussion on the optimal surgical and nonsurgical options for patients with facial paralysis, as well as present best practices for developing and utilizing a multidisciplinary care team to optimize health outcomes.

Target Audience

This regional program is designed for physicians and allied health professionals specializing in neurology, otology, surgery, facial plastic, plastic surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  •  Recognize the benefits and limitations of surgical reanimation strategies that report high success rates
  • Utilize the referral system for patients who would benefit from services available at tertiary care centers, including electrodiagnostic testing and physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • Assess the knowledge and experience of rehabilitation specialists with facial rehabilitation, and provide treatment algorithms based on best available evidence
  • Incorporate clinical "pearls" for the history, physical exam, and radiographic findings that may help guide treatment for these patients
  • Identify medical practitioners in their local medical community who could join the multidisciplinary care team to assist with the care of facial paralysis patients

Course Directors

Jon-Paul Pepper, MD

Course Director

Director, Stanford Facial Nerve Center
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology
(Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

Andrea Kossler, MD

Co-Course Director

Director, Ophthalmic Plastic
Reconstructive Surgery and Orbital Oncology Serve
Director, Oculofacial Aesthetic Surgery Service Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology 


Sarah Stranberg, MA, CCC-SLP

Co-Course Director 

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

A Continuing Medical Education Activity

Presented by the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

Conference Contact

For conference related questions please contact

Mary Sisney
CME Conference Coordinator
(650) 724-7166

For general questions, please send us an email or call us
(650) 497-8554

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