Tara E. Mokhtari, MD

Tara E. Mokhtari, MD

Fellow in advanced head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction
Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery


  • Head and neck benign and malignant lesions
  • Thyroid and parathyroid tumors
  • Sinonasal benign and malignant tumors
  • Reconstruction of head and neck defects


Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Cambridge, MA, 2012

Medical Degree: Stanford University School of Medicine: Stanford, CA, 2018

Residency: Harvard University/Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary: Boston, MA, 2023


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  1. Miller LE, Au V, Mokhtari TE, Goss D, Faden DL, Varvares, MA. A Contemporary Review of Molecular Therapeutic Targets for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. Cancers (2022); 14(4).
  2. Mokhtari TE, Abt NB, Larson A, Holcomb H, Richmon JD. Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS): Setup and Basics. Open Access Atlas of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Operative Surgery (2021).
  3. Mokhtari TE, Miller LE, Chen JX, Hartnick CJ, Varvares MA. Opioid prescribing practices in academic otolaryngology: A single institutional survey. Am J Otolaryngol (2021); 42(5).
  4. Abt NB, Miller LE, Mokhtari TE, Lin DT, Richmon JD, Deschler DG, Varvares MA, Puram SV. Nasal and paranasal sinus mucosal melanoma: Long-term survival outcomes and prognostic factors. Am J Otolaryngol (2021); 42(6).
  5. Abt NB, Holcomb AJ, Feng AL, Suresh K, Mokhtari TE, McHugh CI, Parikh AS, Faden DL, Deschler DG, Varvares MA, Lin DT, Richmon JD. Opioid Usage and Prescribing Predictors Following Transoral Robotic Surgery for Oropharyngeal Cancer. Laryngoscope (2021); 131(6):E1888-1894.
  6. Mokhtari TE, Miller LE, Jayawardena ADL, Sadow PM, Hardy SC, Rothman D, Hartnick CJ. Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis: An Unusual Case of Pediatric Subglottic Stenosis. Laryngoscope (2021); 131(3): 656-659.
  7. McHugh CI, Mokhtari TE, Cohen MS, Hartnick CJ. Unilateral Facial Paralysis. J Pediatr (2021); 235:293-295.
  8. Baird BJ, Mokhtari TE, Sung CK, Erickson-DiRenzo E. A Preliminary Study of Vocal Health Among Collegiate A Cappella Singers. J Voice (2020); 34(3).
  9. Feng AL, Holcomb AJ, Abt NB, Mokhtari TE, Suresh K, McHugh CI, Parikh AS, Holman A, Kammer RE, Goldsmith TA, Faden DL, Deschler DG, Varvares MA, Lin DT, Richmon JD. Feeding Tube Placement Following Transoral Robotic Surgery for Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg (2021).
  10. Holcomb AJ, Herberg M, Strohl M, Ochoa E, Feng AL, Abt NB, Mokhtari TE, Suresh K, McHugh CI, Parikh AS, Sadow P, Faquin W, Faden D, Deschler DG, Varvares MA, Lin DT, Fakhry C, Ryan WR, Richmon JD. Impact of surgical margins on local control in patients undergoing single-modality transoral robotic surgery for HPV-related
    oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck (2021); 43(8): 2434-2444.
  11. Sayyid ZN, Boldt B, Mokhtari TE, Schoppy K, Yeom KW, Cheng AG. Congenital Hearing Loss is Associated with a High Incidence of Central Nervous System Abnormalities. Otol Neurotol (2020); 41(10):1397-1405.
  12. Jansson L, Ebeid M, Shen JW, Mokhtari TE, Ortiz DM, Huh SH, Cheng AG. B-catenin is required for radial cell patterning and identity in the developing mouse cochlea. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2019) 116(42): 21054-21060.
  13. Mokhtari TE, Rosas US, Downey JR, Miyake KK, Ikeda DM, Morton JM. Mammography before and after bariatric surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease (2017); 13(3):451-456.
  14. Mokhtari TE, Ziai K, Djalilian HR. In reference to spontaneous middle cranial fossa cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea in adults. Laryngoscope (2016); 126(10): E343.
  15. Kyuyoung CL, Mokhtari TE, Li G, Shuer LM, Chang SD, Steinberg GK, Gephart MH. Comparison of Porcine and Bovine Collagen Dural Substitutes in Posterior Fossa Decompression for Chiari I Malformation in Adults. World Neurosurgery (2017); 108: 33-40.
  16. Caruso TJ, Mokhtari TE, Coughlan MJ, Wu D, Marquez JL, Duan M, Freeman H, Giustini A, Tweedy M, Sharek PJ. Pediatric Postoperative Pulse Oximetry Monitoring During Transport to PACU Reduces Frequency of Hypoxemia. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf (2017); 43(3): 146-150.
  17. Graf N, Mokhtari TE, Papayannopoulos IA, Lippard SJ. Platinum(IV)-Chlorotoxin (CTX) Conjugates for Targeting Cancer Cells. J Inorg Biochem (2012); 110: 58-63.