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Adam M. Terella, MD

Assistant Professor & Director, Facial Nerve Center


Clinical Office:

1635 N. Aurora Court, 6th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

Appointments:  720-848-2820

Academic Office:

12631 E. 17th Avenue, B205
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-1950
Fax: 303-724-1961

Hospital Affiliations:

University of Colorado Hospital
Children's Hospital Colorado
Denver Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Denver Health

Clinical Interests:

Subspecialty Training: Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery

Medical School

(2002-2006) MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA


(2006-2007) Internship, General Surgery, University of Colorado, Denver, CO

(2007-2011) Residency, Otolaryngology, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO


(2011-2012) Fellow/Instructor Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Sugery, Department of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

(2012) Board Certified, American Board of Otolaryngology

“Best Doctors in America, 2015”, national survey Best Doctors, Inc.  Denver Business Journal. 8/2015

Clayton K. Mammel Teacher of the Year, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dept of Otolaryngology. 07/2014

Humanitarian Resident Travel Grant, AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Efforts Committee. 12/2011

Outstanding Resident Research Award.  University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dept of Otolaryngology. 06/2009

John Dewey Honors Scholar, University of Vermont. 9/1997-7/2001

Sokoya, F. Terella, AM.  Predicting Local Flap Viability with Laser Speckle Imaging in a Small Animal Model.  Submitted JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 1/2018

Sokoya, F. Brown, M. Terella, AM.  A Large Surgical Defect of the Central Forehead. Dermatologic Surgery. Aaccepted, 12/2017

Axibal E, Terella A, Ricci D, Brown M. Neuropraxia of the Spinal Accessory Nerve After Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Dermatol Surg. 2017 Sep;43(9):1192-1195.

Ramakrishnan VR, Terella AM, Poonia S, Chiu AG, Palmer JN. Osseous Repair in Minimally Invasive Reconstruction of Anterior Skull Base Defects. J Craniofac Surg. 2017 Jan;28(1):36-39

Maxwell, A, Dupart E. Ramin, F. Brown, M. Terella AM. Incidence, Treatment, and Clinical Behavior of Cutaneous Malignancy in a Group of Solid Organ Transplant (Lung) Recipients, A Single Institution’s Experience. Ready for submission.                                        

Miller M, Rosen S, Sokoya F, Ramakrishnan VR, Terella AM. Ergonomic Considerations in Reducing Physical Discomfort Amoung Facial Plastic Surgeons. In preparation    

Terella AM, Mariner P, Cool CD, Anseth K. Ramakrishnan VR. "Evaluation of PEG hydrogel in a novel animal model of minimally-invasive multilayer skull base defect repair”. Submitted to American Journal of Rhinology. 11/2017

Terella AM, Quintanilla-Dieck L, Wang TD. Definitive Management of Secondary Bilateral Cleft Lip and Nasal Deformity. In preparation.

Terella AM, Leuin S, Yoon P. Acute Facial Paralysis as the Presenting Symptom of Childhood Leukemia. In preparation.


Terella A, Winkler A. Clinics in Otolaryngology: Scar Revision: Utilizing the Geometric Broke Line Closure. In preparation.

Terella AM, Barham H, Eusterman V. The Relationship of the Facial Nerve to the Condylar Process: A Cadaveric Study with Implications for Open Reduction Internal Fixation. In preparation.

Terella AM, Mariner P, Brown N, Anseth K, Streubel SO. Repair of a Calvarial Defect with Biofactor and Stem Cell Embedded Poly(ethylene glycol) Scaffold. Arch of Facial Plast Surg. 2010 May-Jun;12(3):166-71.

Wartchow EP, Goin L, Schreiber J, Mierau GW, Terella A, Allen GC. Plexiform fibrohistiocytic tumor: ultrastructural studies may aid in discrimination from cellular neurothekeoma. Ultrastruct Pathol. 2009 Dec;33(6):286-92.


Corey KE, Servoss JC, Casson DR, Kim AY, Robbins GK, Franzini J, Twitchell K, Loomis SC, Abraczinskas DR, Terella AM, Dienstag JL, Chung RT. Pilot study of postexposure prophylaxis for hepatitis C virus in healthcare workers. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Oct;30(10):1000-5.

Leung JY, Zhu AX, Gordon FD, Pratt DS, Mithoefer A, Garrigan K, Terella A, Hertl M, Cosimi AB, Chung RT. Liver transplantation outcomes for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma: results of a multicenter study. Liver Transpl. 2004 Nov;10(11):1343-54.


Delgado-Borrego A, Casson D, Schoenfeld D, Somsouk M, Terella A, Jordan SH, Bhan A, Baid S, Cosimi AB, Pascual M, Chung RT. Hepatitis C virus is independently associated with increased insulin resistance after liver transplantation. Transplantation. 2004 Mar 15;77(5):703-10.

Leung JY, Abraczinskas DR, Bhan AK, Terella AM, Pascual M, Cosimi AB, Chung RT. Recurrent allograft HCV presenting as acute cellular rejection: successful management with interferon and ribavirin alone. Clin Transplant. 2003 Jun;17(3):275-83.


Somsouk M, Lauer GM, Casson D, Terella A, Day CL, Walker BD, Chung RT. Spontaneous resolution of chronic hepatitis C virus disease after withdrawal of immunosuppression. Gastroenterology. 2003 Jun;124(7):1946-9.


Contreras AM, Hiasa Y, He W, Terella A, Schmidt EV, Chung RT. Viral RNA mutations are region specific and increased by ribavirin in a full-length hepatitis C virus replication system. J Virol. 2002 Sep;76(17):8505-17.


DeRoss AL, Adams JE, Vane DW, Russell SJ, Terella AM, Wald SL. Multiple head injuries in rats: effects on behavior. J Trauma. 2002 Apr;52(4):708-14.



The University of Colorado, Department of Otolaryngology, 11/2017-present.  PI: Adam M. Terella, MD. Effects of nicotine replacement therapy on skin flap perfusion in a rat mode. IACUC Protocol submitted 12/2017

The University of Colorado, Department of Otolaryngology, 3/2015-present.  PI: Adam M. Terella, MDPredicting Local Flap Viability with Laser Speckle Imaging in a Small Animal Model. IACUC Protocol Approved 12/2015. Animal surgery completed 1/2017, beginning data analysis.

The University of Colorado, Department of Otolaryngology, The University of Colorado, Department of Dermatology11/2015-present.  PI: Adam M. Terella, MDIncidence, Treatment, and Clinical Behavior of Cutaneous Malignancy in a Group of Solid Organ Transplant (Lung) Recipients, A Single Institution’s Experience. COMIRB Protocol 15-0799. Manuscript preparation.

The University of Colorado, Department of Otolaryngology, 8/2012-present. PI: Adam M. Terella, MD. Quantifying Surgeon Physical Discomfort Among Otolaryngologist. COMIRB Protocol 13-3169 HIPAA.


American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute