Daniel Alam, MD


Daniel Alam, MD

Appointed: 2002

Daniel Alam, MD
Department: Otolaryngology
Section Head
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A71
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Daniel Alam, MD
Department: Otolaryngology
Section Head
Location: Beachwood Family Health Center
Mail Code A71
26900 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Daniel Alam, MD, is the Head of the Section of Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Head and Neck Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Alam graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as its valedictorian in 1996. While in medical school, he decided to pursue a career in facial plastic surgery, receiving his surgical training with an internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in general surgery. He followed with four years of residency in the Harvard Medical School Program in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. After completing his training in Boston, he completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the UCLA Medical Center and served on the faculty as a Clinical Instructor in Facial Plastic Surgery.

His special interests in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery include minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, facial surgeries such as cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty), and complex microvascular reconstructions to repair major facial injuries.

Dr. Alam was recruited to join the Cleveland Clinic Staff in 2002. His practice encompasses the entire range of facial plastic surgery. He holds board certification in both otolaryngology as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He was awarded the Anderson Award in 2002, which is given to the physician achieving the highest score in the nation on the board certification exam in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

The Section of Facial Aesthetic Surgery, under his leadership, has developed six new surgical procedures over the last five years, from new minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to complex new methods for facial reconstruction. This innovation has been matched with excellent outcomes. The success rate of microvascular reconstruction in the section is unparalleled nationally.

Outside Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Alam serves on a number of senior-level academic positions in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). He is the Director of the AAFPRS-sanctioned Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He is on the national Academic Curriculum Committee for this organization leading the section on facial paralysis and rehabilitation. He also serves on the editorial board as a reviewer for four major journals.

He has developed and performed innovative procedures like research protocols utilizing a new hyaluronic acid-based soft tissue filler developed at Cleveland Clinic for plastic surgical indications, and he developed a nasal valve suspension plate for patients with nasal obstruction due to collapse of the sidewall of their nose.

Professional Highlights

  • Fellowship Director, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program, Cleveland Clinic
  • Curriculum Advisory Committee member, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Section Director, Facial Nerve Paralysis/Rehabilitation

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
Facial Plastic & Reconstructiv
Los Angeles, CA USA
Residency - Harvard University Medical School
Boston, MA USA
Internship - Massachusetts General Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA USA
Medical School - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA
Undergraduate - Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI USA


  • Otolaryngology
  • American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Interests

Facial Nerve Paralysis, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck reconstructive surgery, Microvascular Reconstruction, Rhinoplasty

Awards & Honors

  • Anderson Award from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for receiving the highest score on the Board Certification Exam, 2001-2002
  • Teacher of the Year, Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 2005
  • Visiting Professor, UCSF Dept of Otolaryngology, Jan. 2008

Innovations & Patents

  • Developed a new minimally invasive procedure for patients with long-standing facial nerve paralysis that significantly improves facial symmetry. Many of these patients have long suffered with their paralyzed face without realizing the sagging can be addressed with a short outpatient procedure.
  • Developed a new technique for reconstruction of the temporomandibular joint in cases of resection during cancer surgery. This procedure provides excellent long-term function with minimal complications.
  • Performed the research protocols utilizing a new hyaluronic-acid-based soft tissue filler developed at Cleveland Clinic for plastic surgical indications.
  • Developed a nasal valve suspension plate for patients with nasal obstruction due to collapse of the sidewall of their nose.


  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Northeast Ohio Society of Otolaryngology

Treatment & Services

  • Blepharoplasty
  • Cheek Lift
  • Chin/cheek Implants
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • General ENT
  • Head and neck reconstructive surgery
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Nasal Valve Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Septoplasty
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Valve Collapse
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Parotid Tumors
  • Septal Deviation
  • Skin Cancer

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/27/2014, Dr. Alam has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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  • English
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